VCU Together Update for students - Oct. 23

At-will testing, finishing the fall semester, planning for spring and more

Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and emotional — of every member of the VCU community. VCU continues to monitor, assess and address situations as they arise. This weekly update will be a resource to help keep you informed as details become available. All updates are available at Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

At-will testing now available

A limited number of “at-will” COVID-19 testing appointments are now available each week for VCU community members. At-will testing is voluntary and will be offered at no cost to students. Any asymptomatic student can participate in at-will testing, except for those who already have a scheduled COVID-19 test as part of the asymptomatic prevalence testing process.

At-will testing does not require a referral from Student Health Services.

At-will tests are COVID-19 PCR oropharyngeal (throat) swab tests, the same used for on-campus asymptomatic prevalence testing. Click here for more information about how to make an appointment and testing locations.

Note: If you have scheduled an appointment for at-will testing but are now experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, or you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, cancel your appointment and call Student Health Services (1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843) to discuss your testing options. You may cancel your appointment at any point before the day of your booking by clicking on the cancel/reschedule button in the appointment confirmation email.

Questions about at-will testing? Email

Finish strong!

Keep up your good work over the final few weeks of the semester and set yourself up for success in the next! Check out the Keep On Learning website for a few tips on how to Finish Strong this semester as well as how to plan for the spring.

Intersession, new J-Term and spring 2021 courses

The Spring 2021 Schedule of Classes is now available and is searchable by course modality (how the course will be taught: in-person, online, or a combination) for more than 8,000 course sections. Check out the Intersession and new J-Term courses that are offered during the winter break. These two- and three-week courses count toward your spring enrollment and provide flexibility for students to earn credit hours in order to catch up, stay on track or get ahead.

You can register for spring semester, winter intersession and J-Term courses as early as

Oct. 27. Follow these three steps to start planning:

  1. Review your remaining degree requirements in DegreeWorks and make a graduation plan using the Student Educational Planner.
  2. Reach out to your undergraduate academic advisor or graduate program director if you have questions about your proposed schedule.
  3. Register for classes on your assigned registration date. See the VCU Advising website’s tutorials page for additional information.

Additional online course fees waived for spring 2021

The additional online course fee that is normally assessed to online courses is waived for the spring 2021 semester. Tuition and other fees are still being assessed at the standard rates. Calculate your tuition and fees using VCU’s online calculator and visit the MyTuition website for details about what your tuition charges cover, as well as answers to commonly asked questions surrounding student debt and paying for college.

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