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Undergraduate Admissions

Joanne Jensen

Joanne Jensen

Title: Director of marketing and communications
Email: jejensen@vcu.edu
Responsibilities: Overseeing marketing and recruitment for Undergraduate Admissions, working with the admissions team to develop and implement innovative recruitment strategies, and organizing and coordinating on-campus open houses. Writing, editing and overseeing content for admissions publications and on the website.
High school: Douglas S. Freeman High School in Richmond, Va.
College: Virginia Commonwealth University, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English

About Undergraduate Admissions

What brought you to VCU?

I first came here as a part-time undergraduate student. I worked in an advertising agency and did a lot of writing, but hadn’t earned a degree. I really wanted to get a degree from VCU. My first major was undeclared because I was exploring English and journalism as majors. I decided I loved to read and analyze Shakespeare’s plays more than I wanted to learn statistics (which I would not have been good at back then), so I chose to be an English major and minored in writing. I stayed on to get my master’s degree in English and taught English classes for a year after graduation. Then I joined the admissions staff and have been here ever since. VCU is definitely home to me.

Name three adjectives that describe Undergraduate Admissions.

Dynamic, exciting and challenging

What do you enjoy most about meeting prospective VCU students?

Helping them understand the admissions process. Talking with them and their families about their educational goals and aspirations, and helping them to decide whether or not VCU is the place for them to come in order to achieve those goals and aspirations.

What’s one thing you don’t travel without?

A good book, a writing journal, my cell phone and my MP3 player

What’s your favorite place on campus?

The library because it’s got lots of great books and Starbucks

About me

What are you reading right now?

Mostly magazine articles about gardening and how to eliminate clutter in my life

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon?

The answer to that depends on the time of year. In spring, summer and early fall, it’s being outside working in the garden or sitting on the porch reading a book. In the colder weather, it’s sitting in front of a fire watching football on TV or curling up on the couch with a good book and my cats.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

In fifth grade, I wanted to be a special effects editor on movies. By seventh grade, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

What do you order at Starbucks?

Grande, nonfat café latte or cappuccino, or an iced chai tea with soy milk

Who inspires you?

People who don’t give up on their dreams and people who, when life throws a curve ball at them, will hit it out of the park

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