Answers revealed to common questions to help you better navigate registration @ VCU
Psychology Undergraduate Advising, or "PSYUGRAD," serves all sophomores, juniors and seniors in the psychology major and is located at 806 W Franklin Street, Room 107. Advisors meet with students for appointments and walk-ins. Freshmen psychology majors are advised through University Academic Advising located at Hibbs 1st floor.
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The deadline to withdraw from any class is listed in each semester's VCU Academic Calendar (If you are using eServices, you need to withdraw by 11:59 p.m. that Friday). If you have a hold on your registration, you may withdraw in-person at the Student Services Center located at Harris Hall on the 1st floor (by 4:30 p.m. that Friday).
We always recommend that you talk with your instructor prior to withdrawing from a course. Also if you are receiving financial aid and withdrawing from a course drops you below full-time status or violates a contract you signed with financial aid for a "satisfactory academic progress appeal," then you need to talk with your financial aid counselor about any possible ramifications. You may also want to make sure there are no ramifications with your health insurance if you fall below full-time status. Non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. residents should talk with the Office of International Education's Immigration Services prior to withdrawing from a course(s).
Students who anticipate graduating this term and who are withdrawing from a course may want to confirm with their adviser that this will not change their timeline for graduation.
Every semester we see some common graduation issues that can derail graduation plans. Please review the list below for some of the most common issues/mistakes. If you have questions, please talk with one of us in PSYUGRAD.
Students are allowed to register based upon the number of credits they have currently accumulated (do not include your in-process credits).
We strongly recommend that you register as soon as you are eligible. The Department has set most courses to capacity and will not be issuing overrides. This means that you need to take care of any holds prior to your registration date.
We recommend that students take time to visit the PSYUGRAD Advising center prior to registering for classes.
Psychology Core Courses: PSYC 101→ (STAT 210)→ PSYC 214→ PSYC 317, PSYC 451
Every spring and fall semester PSYUGRAD Advising hosts a PSYC 492/493/494 Research fair that advertises the available independent study, research internship, and service learning fieldwork opportunities in our Department of Psychology. Representatives from various psychology research labs who are actively looking for research assistants (RAs) attend the event, and many PSYC major students obtain research internships for credit after attending. We encourage students to come dressed business casual, ready to network and bring a CV or Resume. Any additional research opportunities that become available after the event will be posted to the PSYUGRAD Blackboard page as an announcement and sent via email to students.
"PSYUGRAD Undergraduate Advising" is a Blackboard organization exclusively designed for PSYC majors. This online organization helps to create community within a major of 1600+ and provides a way for your advisers to communicate important messages to students about upcoming events, research and job opportunities, volunteer experiences, scholarship deadlines and so much more!
"Students are responsible for knowing and fulfilling all general and specific degree requirements as described . . . (in the bulletin). It is the responsibility of all undergraduate students to be familiar with the Undergraduate Bulletin of record (the bulletin in effect at the time of official admission), as well as the academic regulations individual school and department publications and on program Web sites; however, in all cases, the academic regulations and general degree requirements, as published on this Undergraduate Bulletin Web site, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines."