Everything you need to know about Fall 2019 add/drop week!

Fall 2019 classes start on Tuesday, August 20th, and the last day to add or drop fall 2019 courses is Monday, August 26th!  Schedules must be finalized by this date.  Students without holds on their account can add or web drop courses through eServices until 11:59pm.

If you need to drop a class but have a hold on your record that prevents you from doing so: You can drop a class in person at the Student Services Center (Harris Hall, 1st floor) before they close at 4:30pm on Monday, August 26th.  Please arrive early, as there will be a line.  Please note that you will not be able to add courses to your schedule if there is a registration hold on your account.

Not sure if you have a hold on your account?  To check, go to eservices–> student–> registration–> view holds.

To web drop a class through your MyVCU Portal:  Go to eservices–> student-> registration–> add or drop classes–> fall 2019.  Select “web drop” from the drop down menu next to the class you’d like to drop.  Hit the “submit” button.

After making changes to your schedulealways double check your new schedule to make sure it’s correct.  To view your schedule, go to eservices–> student–> registration–> “student detail schedule” (list view) or “week at a glance” (calendar view- make sure to look at a week in which classes meet everyday- August 26th through August 30th for example- so all of your classes are correctly listed).

Please note the you will not automatically be dropped from a course due to nonattendance or nonpayment  You must drop the course(s) on your own following the instructions above in order to remove them from your schedule and to avoid being billed for the credits.   Please be aware that to be considered a “full time student”, you must be registered for at least 12 credits.

ENVS walk in hours and advising appointments are held in Lindsay’s office, room 107 of the Trani Life Sciences Building.  Walk in hours for the weeks of August 19th and 26th are listed below.  Starting the week of September 16th, my walk in hours will be held on Wednesdays from 1-3pm and Thursdays from 2-4pm for the remainder of the fall semester unless otherwise noted.  There will be no walk in hours the week of September 9th.

Upcoming Walk in hours
Wed 8/14 10am-noon
Mon 8/19 10am-noon
Wed 8/21 1-3pm
Thurs 8/22 2-4pm
Mon 8/26 10am-noon & 1-3pm (ADD/DROP DEADLINE IS TODAY)
Wed 8/28 1-3pm
Thurs 8/29 2-4pm

Requests for override consideration for ENVS or ENVZ courses must be received by Monday, August 26th at 12pm (email envsadvising@vcu.edu).  There is no guarantee that your request will be granted, but I will do my best.  If a course you are interested in is currently full and you aren’t able to get an override, I recommend that you check eservices several times per day to see if a seat has opened in the course you are looking for.

Finally, if you miss the add/drop deadline for any reason, email Lindsay as soon as possible with a brief explanation of the situation.

Fall 2019 Advising Updates

ENVS majors/minors: Please schedule advising meetings by clicking here.  Prospective ENVS majors/ minors should email envsadvising@vcu.edu to set up an appointment with Lindsay Freeman.

Walk in advising will begin on Monday. August 12th.  Walk ins are first come, first served and are meant for quick advising check ins (10-15 mins).  If you need to meet for longer than 10 minutes, it is best to schedule a full advising appointment.

Walk in advising as well as advising appointments for ENVS majors are held in room 107 of the Trani Life Sciences Building.

Fall classes start on August 20, 2019.

The last day to add or drop fall 2019 courses is Monday, August 26th.

The last day to withdraw from fall 2019 courses is Friday, November 1st.  Read about withdrawals at VCU (including information about tuition refunds) here.

Questions? Please email undergraduate academic advisor Lindsay Freeman at envsadvising@vcu.edu.



Are you trying to get an override into a class?  Please read the information below!

  • Please be aware that your environmental studies advisor cannot give you an override into a non-ENVS course.
  • In general, you will need to contact the college, school or department offering the course about their override policy.   To determine which department offers the course, look at the prefix. For example, URSP 204 is an Urban & Regional Studies/Planning course, while CHEM 101 is offered by the Department of Chemistry.  Most departments do not give “size overrides”, meaning that if a class is closed, you will not be given an override into it.  Instead, you will need to check eservices often and add the class if/when another student drops and a spot opens up.
  • For overrides into courses offered by the Center for Environmental Studies (any course with the ENVS or ENVZ prefix), please contact Lindsay Freeman at envsadvising@vcu.edu regarding your request.  Overrides are not guaranteed but will be considered if space allows and if you meet prerequisite requirements for the course.
  • Regarding ENVS 335 Environmental Geology: Some students are not able to register for the class through eservices even though they have met the prerequisite requirement (ENVS 105 or URSP 204).  If this happens to you, email envsadvising@vcu.edu as soon as possible to ask for a prerequisite override. Overrides will be given to qualified students for this course until the course fills up.
  • Regarding ENVS 301 Intro to Meteorology & ENVS 310 Intro to Oceanography: These are introductory courses with no prerequisites geared towards teaching and science majors.  ENVS majors and minors may take either these courses towards your ENVS elective requirement, but most majors do not take either of these courses.  Enrollment for ENVS 301 and 310 is done by override only in the spring and fall. If you would like an override into either of these courses, please email envsadvising@vcu.edu.
  • For math overrides, please read over this page and fill out the appropriate override form depending on your needs.
  • For information about the math placement test, go here.  To check your math placement score: log onto your MyVCU Portal.  Go to eservices–>student–> student records–>view student placement scores.
  • For biology overrides, go here.
  • For statistics overrides, go here.
  • For Wilder School (including URSP) overrides, go here.

Graduating in Fall 2019?

If you plan to graduate this fall, you must do the following:

  1. The graduation application will be available on eservices starting August 20, 2019. You must apply to graduate by Friday, September 6, 2019.
    If you have already discussed waivers/ substitutions for ENVS major requirements with Lindsay (for example, the ENVZ 105 waiver) but they still need to be processed, she will take care of this by mid-September after seeing that you have applied to graduate. If you are waiting on transfer courses to come to VCU or still need to submit the HS foreign language waiver, please follow the instructions included below. You should apply to graduate on time even if you are waiting on issues like these to be resolved!

  2. If you are not 100% sure you are on track for graduation this fall, please email Lindsay Freeman (envsadvising@vcu.edu),  schedule an advising appointment, and/or come to ENVS walk in advising hours before August 26th (the add/drop deadline for fall 2019) to make sure you are all set.  Remember, you must earn at least 120 total credits to graduate with any bachelor’s degree at VCU. At least 45 of these credits must be upper level.

To access the application to graduate:
Log into your MyVCU Portal.  Click on eServices–> Student–> Student Records–> Apply to Graduate.  If you are graduating with a double major or dual degree, Please complete an application for each major.

Regarding transfer credits that haven’t been sent to VCU:
If you need to transfer any credits from other institutions to VCU (if you took a summer course at a community college, for example), please take care of this as soon as possible.  Transcripts should be sent to: VCU Transfer Center, 900 Park Avenue Box 842532, Richmond, VA 23284-2532. 

Regarding the VCU Life Sciences Foreign Language Requirement:
If you successfully completed three levels of one foreign language in high school, you qualify to have the VCU Life Sciences foreign language requirement waived.  Please go to this page and follow all instructions under the “High School Foreign Language Waiver Information” heading if you qualify for this waiver but your foreign language requirement has not yet been waived on DegreeWorks.

More information:

Fall 2019 Commencement is Saturday, December 14, 2019.  Graduates have the opportunity to celebrate their achievement at two ceremonies: the university-wide ceremony and their school or department’s ceremony.  At departmental ceremonies, graduates will be recognized individually and will walk across the stage.  At the university-wide ceremony, graduates are recognized collectively by school, with the exception of Ph.D. and Ed.D. candidates, who will be recognized individually.

University-wide ceremony (please RSVP here in November)
Saturday, December 14th, time TBD
Location TBD

VCU’s university-wide Commencement ceremony brings graduates from all schools and colleges together to celebrate their academic achievements. The annual ceremony features the president of the university. This event is open to the public. Tickets are not required and seating for guests is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at [TBD].

VCU Life Sciences Ceremony
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
VCU W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall
922 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284

Tickets may be required for guests.  If tickets are required, Amie Knapp (aknapp2@vcu.edu) will contact all pending graduates via email with more information about ticketing in early/ mid November.

Please refer to the VCU Commencement Website for additional information (the website should be up to date by mid-October). You may also contact the Graduation/ Degree Audits Office with questions at (804) 828-1917 from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

International Post-Graduate Scholarships- Info Sessions!

International Post-Graduate Scholarships information sessions

Mr. Jeff Wing, Director of the National Scholarship Office (NSO) will offer two information sessions about international post-grad scholarship opportunities (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates-Cambridge, Schwarzman, Knight-Hennessy, and Fulbright) on Wednesday, March 13, at 3p, and Thursday, March 14, at 2p. Both sessions will be held in the NSO Conference Room (Room 1210 on the first floor of the Honors College at 701 W. Grace St.). Juniors, seniors, grad students, and recent alumni are encouraged to attend. First- and second-year students are also welcome. More information about these scholarships can be found on the NSO website. Those who are interested but unable to attend either info session are invited to make an appointment to meet with Mr. Wing or one of the other fellowship advisors in the NSO.

During these info sessions, Mr. Wing will discuss the time line for applying for these opportunities for the 2020-2021 academic year. Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell require university nominations. Competitive candidates will have a strong academic record, extra-curricular involvement, including leadership experiences, and future plans aligned with post-graduate study in elite programs. They will also need several strong recommendation letters from faculty and others who know them well, including their future plans. Competitive candidates will want to start working on their application materials well in advance of the early fall deadlines.

Several additional information sessions focused specifically on the Fulbright Student Scholarship program will be offered later this spring.

Please share the following message with your faculty and staff, especially advisors and faculty who teach upper-level classes:

Seeking nominations for international post-graduate scholarship opportunities

The National Scholarship Office (NSO) is seeking nominations from VCU faculty and staff for students and recent alumni who should be considered for the post-graduate scholarship opportunities. Follow the link on the NSO website to nominate outstanding juniors, seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni who would be good candidates to pursue Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Schwarzman, Knight-Hennessy, and Fulbright Scholarship opportunities. Information about these opportunities can be found on the NSO webiste. Strong candidates will have an outstanding academic record, involvement in extra-curricular activities, including leadership experiences, and future plans that include possible post-graduate studies in an elite program. Competitive candidates will need to have several strong letters of recommendation from faculty and others who know the candidate well, including their future plans.

Nominations of students at all levels and recent alumni are always welcome. Anyone with questions is welcome to contact Jeff Wing, Director of the NSO (jawing@vcu.edu or 828-1935).