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Undergraduate Admissions

At VCU, there are plenty of reasons to stick around campus once your classes are over for the day.

Extracurricular activities

Whether you help stage an e-cycling event with Green Unity, attend a meeting of the Student Government Association or don black and gold for an ever-exciting basketball game at the Siegel Center, you won’t have a problem getting involved. With all of the fun and engaging options out there, you may, however, have trouble finding time to sleep!

Student Commons and Activities

University Student Commons and Activities offers a wide variety of programs and services to enhance campus life at VCU. Whether you are interested in volunteer work, academic clubs or developing your leadership skills, University Student Commons and Activities will put you on the right path.

VCU Intercultural Festival

Staff members work with student organizations to bring films, concerts and special events to campus. Special events begin with the not-to-be-missed FirstRAM Friday, a fun evening event to acquaint you with University Student Commons and Activities programs and staff.

The University Student Commons is the gathering place for the campus community, with comfortable lounges, a student-managed art gallery, a food court and a game room with billiards, poker tables and video games.

Events that happen in and around the University Student Commons

Welcome Week

Convocation, movies, dancing, Casino Night and FirstRAM Friday make the week prior to the start of fall classes memorable.

Student Organization and Volunteer Opportunities Fair

Meet representatives from more than 400 student organizations and community nonprofits and pick up free swag from area vendors.

Annual Fall Block Step Show

A tradition at VCU for more than 20 years, the annual step show is sponsored by the Black Caucus and National Pan-Hellenic Council at the Siegel Center.

Fall Fest

VCU Fall Fest connects VCU’s traditional Family Day with an exciting and eclectic mix of on-campus events, including the VCU Open House for prospective students and their parents, as well as the Grace Street Festival.

Into the Streets Service Plunge

Join other VCU students as they participate in this one-day service activity designed to benefit various Richmond communities.

Greek Week

This week of events highlights fraternity and sorority involvement through educational programs, social events and community service. It is also a great chance to learn more about VCU’s fraternity and sorority community.

Black History Month

Events in February explore and honor the traditions and culture of African-Americans.


VCU celebrates homecoming during the Rams’ basketball season in February. The celebration includes tailgate parties, dances, the crowning of a king and queen, concerts, talent shows and, of course, pep rallies!

Intercultural Festival

Each April, VCU demonstrates its diversity with a celebration of international culture.

Spring Fest

A weeklong series of events that includes dances, concerts, novelty acts and films, all sponsored by the Activities Programming Board.

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