- Take a campus tour – It is important that you do not wait until the first day of class to determine where your building and room are located. Log into eServices account then click the “Student” tab, then “Registration”. Here you will click “Student Detail Schedule”, this link will tell you important information about your class including its location. Use the map below and walk the campus to become familiar with your new school. New Student Programs will be hosting “class schedule tours and ice cream social on Monday, August 22 from 11am – 3pm, starting from outside Hibbs Hall (900 Park Avenue). Click here for a MAP – http://www.maps.vcu.edu/monroepark/
2. Figure out where to park – Make sure you get a parking pass as soon as possible. Once you have one, my advice to you is to get to campus early, because there are more parking spaces available. http://www.parking.vcu.edu/parking/students/
3. Participate in WELCOME WEEK activities – http://www.welcomeweek.vcu.edu/
Getting connected is what this group is all about! We have great events happening all week-long highlighting the VCU community in an informative and fun way. Even the Transfer Center will have workshops to address your particular needs. Check out there facebook page for all their events: https://www.facebook.com/VCUTransferCenter/events
Get involved with student organizations at the Student Organization and Volunteer Opportunities (SOVO) Fair. This is one of the annual traditions at VCU. It that will expose to you 500+ student groups that will build your leadership skills and provide opportunities to explore your passions. SOVO Fair will be Friday, August 26 from 3-6pm in the Siegel Center.
4. Become familiar with the myVCU site and Review Blackboard – Many instructors have made their course sites available for your review. Many sites will include the course syllabus and some action items that you need to be aware of before class.
5. Learn your V# – It is not the number on your student ID and it’s different from your eID, which is used to log into your myVCU account. This number helps advisors and other university officials identify you (like a social security number) and access important information to further assist you.
6. Food options – It’s important that you eat a well-balanced meals, have snacks, and stay hydrated so that you can maximize your brainpower and physical stamina.
- On campus dining options – http://www.bsv.vcu.edu/dining/
- Off Campus – VCU has become a foodie campus with all types of food choices along Broad and Grace Streets down to amazing food cart vendors like Ollie and Mobile Smoothie.
7. Buy your books – Be sure to take your class schedule with the CRN#, subject name, and teacher to the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Broad Street (http://vcu.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BNCBHomePage?storeId=55552&catalogId=10001&langId=-1). You can also use eServices to identify your books ahead of time via your eServices account. Click on the “student” tab, then “Registration”. Here you will find the link to “Order Textbooks”. It will redirect you to the VCU bookstore and show you all the required and recommended textbooks needed for your classes.
8.Add/Drop period – A week-long period that allows you to add and/or drop courses. This period ends Wednesday, August 31 at 11:59pm. Afterwards, the only way to get out of a class would be to withdraw. Also, the university will start finalizing your tuition cost, along with Financial Aid processing funds disbursements.
I hope this information helps you get a good start to your week! Be on the lookout for more content and connections this semester with BIO Transfer Connect. Take care!