Get Organized

Get organized…Winter is Coming!

  1. Write it out: Get out your calendar (paper or electronic), syllabus, and start marking all the important dates: the dates and times of all your exams, your professors’ office hours, paper due dates, and university holidays and vacations. Be on the lookout for possible conflicts, which should be resolved right away. Now would be a really good time to familiarize yourself with calendar software for your PC, Mac, and/or smartphone. Trust me, they work!
  2. Find yourself a cave: It’s not too early to scope out a quiet place where you’ll do your studying. Experts suggest not studying in your bedroom but find a dedicated space that is comfortable and where you can focus on just your studies. And when you get there, turn off the gadgets. Texting, cell phones, IM, Facebook, and Twitter are responsible for more bad grades in college than all the parties combined.
  3. Dollars make sense: Have a budget and check in on it regularly. A major part of being organized in college is staying on top of your finances. Even if most of your costs are taken care of through financial aid, staying on top of your money situation is still important. Being organized means knowing what’s going on in your college life at any given point in time. If you aren’t sure how much money is in your bank account — or, worse, if you’ll have enough to make it through the semester — you aren’t organized. So stay on top of your budget and know where you’re money has gone, where it is, and where it’s headed.
  4. Go early and often: In the spirit of being proactive, I encourage ALL members to visit the Campus Learning Center (CLC) located on the first floor of Hibbs Hall. They provide tutoring, academic coaching, supplemental instruction sessions that are linked directly to a number of biology, chemistry, and other courses.
  5. Hold ups:
    1. Final Transcripts – Make sure that you have submitted your final transcripts from your previous college/university to the Transfer Center. You should review your VCU academic transcript to see what courses did or did not transfer. This is especially important if you took a course(s) this summer.
    2. Immunization forms must be completed and submitted to the University Student Health office, 1300 W. Broad St., Suite 2200. Failure to do so will result in an registration hold.
Labor Day -Monday, September 5 – No classes


Tips for a successful first week at VCU

  1. 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 –


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.



3. Participate in WELCOME WEEK activities –

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:

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 –
  • 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 ( 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!



Science Journalism course offered by Mass Comm this fall!

Need an upper level non-bio course this fall and like to write?  Check out this awesome course this fall on science journalism!
MASC 491-005 (CRN 34606). The course is open to students from any major; the only prerequisite is UNIV 200 or MASC 203 (or MASC 204). In the course, students will meet science writers from the NYTimes, NatGeo, BuzzFeed, Scientific American and other publications, and they’ll write stories about research happening at VCU. The stories will be published in a journal hosted by VCU Libraries. 
The course meets 2-3:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The course is by override only; please contact Jeff South directly for overrides into this course,

ENGR 291 Computational Thinking

The School of Engineering is offering a course in the basics of computer programming for non-engineering and non-computer science students.  The course assumes no prior background in coding or programming and is meant to give interested students a basis for understanding of technological programming.

Click here to view a video on the course.

The course, ENGR 291, is available to all non-engineering students.