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welcome to VCU We are excited that you are exploring Virginia Commonwealth University! Our academic and medical research is on the cutting edge in many fields and carries into the classroom, benefiting our students. Several of our undergraduate programs of study are not offered at any other college or university in Virginia. VCU’s unique setting provides a mixture of state-of-the-art facilities as well as Victorian mansions along tree-lined streets. VCU offers the added advantage of being in a major city with cultural experiences on and off campus. Our university presents the best aspects of traditional college life while offering students a chance to experience real-world diversity. We invite you to visit VCU and meet with us personally. An admissions representative conducts a 30-minute information session at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday (except on holidays and holiday weekends) at the Welcome Center, located at 1111 W. Broad St. Walking tours of the Monroe Park Campus follow the session. Prospective students and their families are also invited to visit one of VCU’s open houses, where you will have the opportunity to meet with VCU faculty, current students and the admissions staff.

Student life Housing Nearly 80 percent of full-time freshmen live in university housing. Living on campus is not mandatory, but we highly recommend it as a way to become a part of campus life. On-campus housing varies in capacity and style and includes high-rise and mid-rise residence halls, suites and apartments. All universityoperated housing is supervised by residence hall staff and offers 24-hour security.


About Richmond Richmond, the capital of Virginia, blends historic tradition and architecture with a modern cosmopolitan atmosphere. Richmond city life offers something for everyone. Dozens of museums, art galleries, battlefields and monuments preserve some of the nation’s most important history. Opportunities for shopping abound — from small boutiques on quaint side streets to major suburban shopping malls. Richmond offers everything from exclusive restaurants to friendly neighborhood night spots and eateries near campus. And the city also hosts a number of annual festivals including Arts in the Park, the Richmond Folk Festival, the French Film Festival and the International Food Festival. The city maintains more than 15,000 acres of parks, including formal gardens, restored mansions and wildlife preserves along the James River. Easily accessible by plane, train, bus and car, VCU is within an easy day trip of Colonial Williamsburg, Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach or the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Undergraduate students living in university freshman residence halls are required to choose a residential dining plan. VCU Dining Services offers block plans at 200-, 250- and 300-meal levels with additional Dining Dollars added. Block plans allow a specific number of meals to be used over an entire semester. These unlimited-serving meals are served in the Shafer Court Dining Center and the Larrick Dining Center. Dining Dollars allow students the opportunity to purchase tax-free meals at any VCU retail restaurant. Commuter students and students living off campus have the option of purchasing a nonresidential dining plan.

Student activities At VCU you will find a wide range of recreational, leisure and social activities as well as academic, professional and employment-related opportunities. More than 400 registered student organizations bring together VCU students who share common interests. Academic, Greek (fraternities and sororities), honorary, political, religious, service, student media and special interest organizations offer numerous opportunities for fun and learning.

As a VCU student, you also may take advantage of other programs and services including, but not limited to: Career and personal counseling services Mentorship programs Multicultural student affairs programs Security escort services Service-learning Student health services

Recreation VCU offers facilities on the Monroe Park Campus and on the MCV Campus to meet your recreational needs. The Cary Street Gym — our newest facility — features an 18,000-square-foot fitness center, two indoor pools, a rock climbing wall, two racquetball courts, a four-court gymnasium, and an indoor running track and cycling room. The Outdoor Adventure Program provides VCU students with fun and adventure by sponsoring camping, canoeing and climbing trips. Both facilities are available for student use to offer you a variety of recreational activities, including intramural sports.

The MCV Campus, with 58 buildings on 52 acres, is adjacent to Richmond’s financial district and the state Capitol and is home to the largest and most comprehensive academic medical center in the commonwealth. This campus houses the following schools:

Intercollegiate athletics The VCU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics offers you opportunities to participate in activities that help to build unity among all members of the university community. VCU sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports with more than 250 studentathletes as a member of the NCAA’s Division I and Colonial Athletic Association.

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Academics Academic services and resources VCU offers a variety of programs and services that promote academic success and sound strategies to assist you with achieving your educational goals including:




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Campus Learning Center English Language Program International Student Advising Office Services for Students with Disabilities Study Abroad Writing Center VCU, the state’s largest metropolitan university, is located in Richmond, the capital of Virginia. Characterized by a blend of Victorian houses and modern classrooms, the Monroe Park Campus is located on more than 90 acres in a historic residential area of the city. Eight schools and one college are located on this campus: College of Humanities and Sciences L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs School of the Arts School of Business School of Education School of Engineering School of Mass Communications School of Social Work School of World Studies

School of Dentistry School of Medicine School of Nursing School of Pharmacy VCU Life Sciences spans the research efforts of the entire university.

2010 student profile freshmen ................................3,615 undergraduate students.........23,483 graduate students .................7,157 first-professional students .....1,663 nondegree-seeking students....3,181 student/faculty ratio...............18 to 1

2010 freshman profile GPA of middle 50% of all admitted freshmen ........3.22-3.85 SAT scores of middle 50% of all admitted freshmen......... 1010-1220

Faculty profile Full-time instructional ............1,990 Part-time instructional ...........1,168 VCU holds national and international rankings in sponsored research.

Alumni Nearly 150,000 VCU alumni live in the U.S. and 60 other countries. Equipped with the unique education that VCU offers, they are helping to make a difference in the world.

Computing at VCU All students at VCU are required to have a personal computer. Faculty and students increasingly rely on email, the Internet, digital media and other instructional technology to complement and enhance classroom, laboratory and studio learning. A personal computer enables VCU students to have powerful and convenient access from their homes or their residence-hall rooms to the rich array of learning resources available on our campus and the World Wide Web.

Undergraduate programs • • • • • •

Accounting African American studies Anthropology Art education Art history Bioinformatics biological/genomic computational quantitative/statistical

• Biology • Biomedical engineering • Business business administration and management finance human resource management

• Chemical and life science engineering • Chemistry • Clinical laboratory sciences • Clinical radiation sciences nuclear medicine technology radiation therapy radiography

• Communication arts

communication arts scientific and preparatory medical illustration

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Computer engineering Computer science Craft and material studies Criminal justice forensic crime scene investigation justice

• Dance and choreography

• Dental hygiene • Early and elementary education liberal studies*

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Economics Electrical engineering English Environmental studies Fashion

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French German Spanish world film studies

• Forensic science • Gender, sexuality and women’s studies • Graphic design • Health, physical education and exercise science community health education exercise science general health and physical education (in preparation for teacher certification K-12)**

• History • Homeland security and emergency preparedness • Information systems • Interdisciplinary studies*** • Interior design

advertising journalism public relations

• Mathematical sciences applied mathematics biomathematics mathematics operations research statistics

fashion design fashion merchandising

• Film • Financial technology • Foreign language

International studies Kinetic imaging Marketing Mass communications

• Mechanical engineering • Military science and leadership (ROTC) • Music music music education performance

• Nursing • Painting and printmaking • Philosophy ethics and public policy

• Photography and film • Physics • Political science civil and human rights international relations politics and government public policy and administration

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Psychology Real estate Religious studies Science Sculpture

* Students enrolled at VCU who wish to become elementary school teachers are required to declare the liberal studies for early and elementary education major. The major is the undergraduate part of the five-year Extended Teacher Preparation Program, and the successful completion of this program results in both a bachelor’s degree from the College of Humanities and Sciences and a master’s degree from the School of Education. ** The general health and physical education major is a four-year program resulting in a Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science. Students interested in teaching will require certification to teach. Teaching certification requires completion of the Extended Teacher Preparation Program in the School of Education, which culminates in a Master of Teaching degree. *** A minimum of 30 semester hours is required to apply to the B.I.S. individualized program.

Tuition and fees (2011-12*) Monroe Park Campus Undergraduate • Social work • Sociology • Theatre

design technology performance theatre

• Undeclared • Urban and regional studies generalized regional analysis and development urban planning and policy

Pre-professional studies programs and advising tracks Extended teacher preparation program* secondary education (6–12) Pre-clinical laboratory sciences** Pre-dental hygiene** Pre-dentistry** Pre-law Pre-medicine** Pre-nursing** Pre-occupational therapy** Pre-optometry** Pre-pharmacy** Pre-physical therapy** Pre-radiation sciences** Pre-veterinary medicine** * Students enrolled in a major within the College of Humanities and Sciences can apply to the Extended Teacher Preparation Program sponsored jointly with the School of Education. (Students who wish to become elementary school teachers should declare the liberal studies for early and elementary education major.) The Extended Teacher Preparation program awards both a bachelor’s degree from the college and a master’s degree from the School of Education. Students who successfully complete this program will be certified to teach in early childhood, middle or secondary education.

** This is a pre-health sciences program at VCU

designed for students intending to apply to a professional program. Admission to the pre-health sciences program at VCU does not guarantee admission to the professional program.

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Financial aid and scholarships The VCU Office of Financial Aid uses all available funds to help students gain access to college. Each year, the office disburses more than $270 million in student aid to more than 18,000 students. Financial aid eligibility depends on a student’s academic and financial situation. In most cases, each student will qualify for some sort of financial assistance. Current information on financial aid programs, policies and procedures, and links to free scholarship search services are available on the VCU financial aid website. Each fall, the University Undergraduate Scholarship Program grants financial awards to outstanding students entering VCU. Selection of scholars is made on the basis of merit in the area of academic achievement. Leadership, community service and artistic talent (when applicable) also may be considered. To be eligible for scholarship renewal, students must complete at least 28 credit hours on a full-time basis over the fall and spring semesters and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or better. Scholarships are awarded to fall semester applicants only. The majority of scholarships are awarded each fall to freshman applicants, though a limited number of scholarships are awarded each fall to transfer applicants.

Students who wish to be considered for a scholarship must submit an essay. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for the essay topic(s) and the recommended application deadline for scholarship consideration. We also encourage all applicants seeking scholarship consideration to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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Students transferring from another college or university and applying to programs on the Monroe Park Campus other than those in the School of the Arts must submit the application for undergraduate admission by May 1. Application deadlines to programs on the MCV Campus vary.

Honors and guaranteed admission

Admissions Freshman admission Freshman admission to Monroe Park Campus programs is based on high school performance and either SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores. Applicants to the School of the Arts must submit an essay with their application and the required supporting documents. Visit the Web for information about application deadlines and requirements.

For academically talented students, the VCU Honors College offers a stimulating and challenging environment that includes smaller classes, discussion groups, seminars and lectures. Mentorship programs, honors student organizations and an honors-only residence hall help further a community of intellectual development among the 1,200 students. Honors College students also can gain guaranteed admission to many of VCU’s graduate or professional health science programs.

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VCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions • Email: • Phone: (804) 828-1222 • (800) 841-3638

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