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University College

Hibbs Hall, First Floor
900 Park Avenue
P.O. Box 842002
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2002
(804) 827-8648 Advising
(804) 827-8108 Campus Learning Center and Writing Center
(804) 828-3700 Office of New Student Programs and Orientation
Fax: (804) 827-4511

Joseph A. Marolla
Vice Provost for Instruction and Acting Dean

Seth Sykes
Assistant Dean

Mission of the University College

The University College enhances student engagement and success by providing a central home for academic support services and the core curriculum. The UC helps students transition to VCU and provides the resources students need to be successful. By providing students with a common experience, the UC makes the undergraduate career more engaging and meaningful, particularly during the first year of college.

Goals and objectives of University College

The goal of the UC is to promote the personal and academic success of each student. The objectives are:

General information

The UC provides a single administrative unit designed to enhance student engagement and success through a variety of academic support services. Many of the UC’s programs and services are offered through partnerships with both the degree-granting colleges and the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.

The UC provides academic advising, learning support, the core curriculum, and orientation and programs for new students. The UC is the academic and administrative home for a number of undergraduate courses, as well as academic programs, student advising and special learning communities.

The University College provides academic advising for:
First-year students
Undeclared students
Transfer students
Students seeking admission into a health, law and professional programs
Interdisciplinary students and nondegree-seeking students

Learning support resources
Campus Learning Center
Writing Center
Campus Testing Center

UNIV 101 Introduction to the University
Academic advising courses
UNIV 111 and 112 Focused Inquiry I and II
Core Curriculum

New student orientation
Programs for the parents and families of first-year students
Master adviser certification
VCU Works
Project Excel
Learning communities
Summer reading program
Focused Inquiry Associates


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