COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RESOURCES
The Honors College cares about the health and safety of the VCU community. Here are some resources and guidelines to note.
In response to COVID-19 precautions and guidelines, Honors events and visits will therefore be held online or conducted over the phone until otherwise specified. Visit the One VCU: Responsible Together website for more information about VCU's response to COVID-19, including resources for personal and emergency support and accommodations.
Visit the Office of the Provost website for more information.
COVID-19 hotline: VCU has established a hotline for VCU students and employees to report symptoms associated with COVID-19. The hotline number is 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843.
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Contract: 9-month contract
Hall Type: Single Bedroom with bathroom
Building Type: 7 Story
Unit Style: Single room with private bathroom
Student Population: First-year Honors Program students
Dining plan: Required
The Honors College residence hall accommodates both first-year and upper-class students in a residence hall that is designed especially for students of The Honors College. The Honors College living experience allows for increased interaction among honors students and facilitates active involvement in Honors College programs, including seminars and activities. In addition to completing honors courses, honors students attend Berglund seminars and assume leadership roles in honors student organizations.
24-hour information desk
Housekeeping for common areas
Inclusive laundry in building
Secured with VCUCard access
Wifi and Internet Ports
RHA Movie Streaming Channel
Private bath located within the bedroom. Furnished with a sink, medicine cabinet, toilet, and shower. Shower curtain is provided.
Extra long twin bed (36" x 80")
Please visit our about page and select "Central Campus" to find the hall staff information.
Hall Contact Information
Please visit our contact page for hall phone numbers and physical locations.
Please visit our mail page on information on how to address mail.
Admission to the Honors College
Eligibility requirements for incoming freshman students
The Honors College is open to qualified entering freshmen, continuing students who demonstrate excellence after enrolling at VCU and transfer students who have shown similar ability at other institutions.
High school graduates with combined new SAT scores of at least 1910 (from one test administration) and a 3.5 or higher unweighted high school GPA (on a four-point scale) or are the recipients of a VCU Presidential Scholarship are eligible for admission to The Honors College upon application.
Transfer student admission
Transfer students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in 12 to 74 semester credit hours of study from their transfer institution must complete an Honors College application and present a personal education essay. The essay describes the student’s perspective on his/her personal education. Specific directions for the paper are found in the admissions information for prospective students on The Honors College’s website.
Transfer students who have accumulated more than 74 credits of college course work may petition the dean of The Honors College to gain admission. Petitioning students must be prepared to offer an explanation for the delay of their application to The Honors College and present a plan for completing the requirements for graduation with University Honors. Appeals will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Admission for current VCU students
Continuing students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in 12 to 53 semester credits at VCU must complete an Honors College application and present a personal education essay. The essay describes the student’s perspective on his/her personal education. Specific directions for the paper are on the The Honors College website.
Continuing students who have accumulated more than 53 credits of college course work may petition the dean of The Honors College to gain admission. Petitioning students must be prepared to offer an explanation for the delay of their application to The Honors College and present a plan for completing the requirements for graduation with University Honors. Appeals will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Admission to The Honors College is a privilege that comes with certain responsibilities. In addition to maintaining a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, honors students are expected to be active members of The Honors College community. To remain active, students must enroll in at least one honors course per academic year and attend at least three honors seminars or other honors events per semester.
To continue in The Honors College, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Should a student’s cumulative GPA fall below 3.5, but not below a 3.0, the student may be placed on Honors Probation for one semester.
Honors course approval process
All courses designated as honors must be approved by The Honors College. For more information, call (804) 828-1803 or visit the website.
The Honors College
701 West Grace Street
Richmond Virginia 23284-3010
Fax: (804) 827-1669
Scott Breuninger, Ph.D.
The Honors College offers highly motivated and high-achieving undergraduates a liberal arts college experience within the context of a large, urban, public research university. The Honors College is appealing to students from all majors who want to transcend disciplinary boundaries, be innovative and address big questions through classroom and, especially, experiential learning. With that in mind, the Honors College prepares students to be skilled communicators, critical thinkers and problems solvers. Further, students have opportunities to develop their understanding of language and culture locally and internationally, while also gaining a sense of social responsibility and a broad understanding of diversity and inclusion in the 21st century.
The center of activities for The Honors College is located at 701 W. Grace St., a living/learning, residential honors community. In this facility, students have meeting rooms, quiet study rooms, computers and recreational areas. This facility is open to honors students day and night for study.
Graduation with University Honors
The Honors College at VCU cultivates renaissance thinkers for the 21st century while creating an innovative, real-world approach to community engagement.
The honors curriculum runs concurrently with a student’s program of study or degree requirements. In addition, dedicated honors advisers assist students in selecting courses that will fulfill graduation requirements and match students’ interests. Further, in consultation with honors advisers, the honors cohort coordinator will assist students with completing their culminating capstone experience.
While most honors students enter college with significant writing experiences, the Honors College wants to build on those skills, working toward a true understanding of the critical thinking and reflection that must be a part of writing targeted toward professional audiences. The first-year writing program consists of two courses (HONR 200 and HONR 250) that emphasize those goals. Additionally, the Honors College fosters a diverse and inclusive community where all people are valued and differences are recognized as assets. Honors students will enter VCU having been placed in diverse, multidisciplinary “cohorts,” which will be guided along a four-year path of community-based experiential learning, culminating with collaborative capstone projects that will have lasting value for the diverse Richmond community.
College is a time for growth and exploration, but it can also be a time of intense pressure and stress. Therefore, HONR 150 is a required first-year course, designed to teach students skills such as mindfulness practices that will help them to flourish throughout college and beyond.
To graduate with the distinction of University Honors, entering freshmen must successfully complete 22 approved credits, including HONR 150, HONR 170, HONR 171, HONR 200, HONR 250, HONR 494 and courses of intention (nine credits, approved by the honors adviser). All entering freshmen must successfully complete HONR 200 and HONR 250, regardless of AP/IB/dual enrollment credits.
Continuing students entering the Honors College with 12 or more credits and transfer students entering with 12-53 credits must successfully complete 21 approved credits, including HONR 494 and courses of intention (nine credits, approved by honors adviser), in order to graduate with University Honors.
Transfer students entering with 54 or more credits from their transfer institution must complete 14 honors credits, including HONR 170, HONR 494 and courses of intention (nine credits, approved by honors adviser), in order to graduate with University Honors.
Freshmen entering with an associate degree must complete 22 credits, including HONR 150, HONR 170, HONR 171, HONR 200, HONR 250, HONR 494 and course(s) of intention (nine credits, approved by honors adviser), in order to graduate with University Honors.
Students must achieve a minimum grade of B in all honors courses, including courses of intention.
In addition to their course work, students must earn 25 engagement points per academic year. Honors students are expected to be actively engaged in the Honors College, throughout the university and in the Richmond community. The Honors College provides many ideas about ways to engage, but students also have the opportunity to define their engagement experience. Not only is honors engagement a requirement for graduation with University Honors, but it is also the key to receiving the highest consideration for honors-designated scholarships, study abroad, internships, events with alumni, the Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program and other special opportunities. Engagement is categorized into five main areas: experiential learning, professional development, leadership, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion. Students are responsible for truthfully recording their participation.
The application process
Incoming first-year students with a combined minimum SAT score of 1330 (mathematics and critical reading) or a minimum ACT composite score of 29 and a minimum 3.5 unweighted high school GPA (4.0 scale) are eligible to apply. In addition to the VCU Common Application, prospective students must submit an Honors College application.
Current VCU students who have achieved a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in 12 to 53 semester hours of college credit are eligible to apply. Students with more than 53 credits may still apply, but they will need to provide a written explanation about how they plan to complete the curriculum. Transfer students who have earned 12 or more credits and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 are also eligible to apply.
Academic policies and requirements
- Students in the Honors College must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
- Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.2 in all honors course work, including courses of intention.
- Honors students should achieve a standard of excellence in general education as well as in their major field.
The Honors College offers a number of opportunities to its student members. Among these are:
The Honors College Student Executive Board – an organization of Honors College students who help determine the course of The Honors College, as well as host social, service and leadership activities for Honors College students
Honors College internships and independent studies – honors-specific educational programs, often taught in conjunction with academic departments that introduce honors students to opportunities in their fields of interest and within the Richmond community.
The Berglund Seminar Series – weekly discussions on topics pertinent to the wide-ranging interests of honors students. Discussions are led by outstanding guest speakers from the university faculty and administration, and a variety of community leaders.
The Honors College is committed to enriching the students’ academic and personal endeavors. Additional resources and opportunities include
- An honors undergraduate research program
- Access to the National Scholarship Office
- Honors advising
- Priority registration
- Special library privileges
- First-year and upper-class honors housing options
- Access to first-year and alumni mentorship opportunities
- Global learning experiences
- Honors scholarships
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