Office of Undergraduate Studies
VCU School of Business
301 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23284-4000
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30-5:00
Advising by appointment
VCU Login: The “eID” is your identifier that allows you to use many VCU electronic services and web applications. It is your user name when logging in. The eID is used to gain access to the VCU Student Portal, wireless network, VCU Mail, Blackboard, Library applications, and eServices Registration and DegreeWorks. Student QuickStart with VCU Technology (http://www.ts.vcu.edu/askit/2307.html) is a great overview for systems you can use.
Activate your eID: To watch the video If you do not know what your eID is or need to setup your first eID password, you can use the eID Finder website at http://go.vcu.edu/eidfinder. You need only enter 2 of the 3 pieces of information to retrieve your eID. The Banner ID is also known as the V Number or student number. You must include the V in the field.
Reset your password: This website will not let you reset your password if one is already set. If you have a password, but don't know what it is, please visit the Resetting your eID Password section of this website.
eServices overview: Watch the video
Register for Classes :All registration (and pre-registration) can be done online. It is critical that you preregister as soon as you are allowed. If you wait, classes you want, may be full. Academic Calendar
Course loads: Many of our courses (especially those involving programming and accounting) are very time-consuming. Because employers expect you to have strong skills and knowledge after completion of the program, it is essential that you leave enough time to devote to coursework. In general, junior-level courses take more time of outside class work than sophomore-level courses. The same can be said of senior-level classes in relation to junior courses. Therefore, do not be surprised if you cannot maintain the same course load (number of credits per semester) as you progress through the program without adjusting other responsibilities that require time in your life. For those working full-time, take--at most--2 courses. For those working half-time, a 3-course load may be reasonable.
Course sequencing: Pay careful attention to prerequisites. Prerequisites for upper-level courses will be enforced. For example, take INFO 350 as soon as you can after taking INFO 202. In addition, if you are going to take INFO 450 or INFO 451, take them as soon as possible following INFO 350. It is a major mistake to wait six months or more between a prerequisite and the course because you will have forgotten a significant amount of material.
How to Register: Below is information about “how to” register. Please register for courses only at the advice of your academic advisor.
Academic Support: information here
Graduation Applications: Must be filed during the first month of the semester in which you plan on graduating. See staff in Snead Hall B1100 for graduation applications.
Academic Regulations for School of Business Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate Certificates
(Accounting, Human Resource Management, and Information Systems)
The following academic standards apply to student in the undergraduate certificate programs:
1. Candidates for the certificate are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 24 credit hours of study to be taken while in the Undergraduate Certificate program at VCU.
2. All students admitted to a certificate program are assigned advisors. Students are required to work with their advisers to plan their certificate programs. Both the adviser and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies must approve each student program or changes. Courses taken prior to approval are taken at the student’s own risk. Each student is required to complete an approved program form and file it with the Undergraduate Studies Office no later than the end of the first semester in which the student is admitted. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.
3. All requirements for the certificate must be completed within five years from the date of admission or taking the first course in the program. This time limitation applies to both full- and part-time students. A maximum of two one-year extensions may be granted if satisfactory progress is demonstrated on the part of students requesting extensions. For extensions, write to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies.
4. Students may not use the same course(s) for two certificates or the certificate and another program.
5. Grades and GPA requirements.
a. Certificate recipients must have received an overall grade-point average of 2.5 on credit hours attempted for the certificate at VCU. The grades of “D” or “F” are counted in computing the overall GPA but carry no credit.
b. Grades of “A,” “B,” and “C” are passing grades; “D” is not a passing grade. Students who receive a grade of “D” or below on more than 20 percent of the credit hours attempted for the program will be terminated from their program.
c. Courses in which students have earned a grade of “D” or “F” must be repeated if these courses are needed for the program. The Historical Repeat course option in baccalaureate programs is not applicable to certificate programs.
d. Students who satisfy all the requirements except the 2.5 GPA may be allowed to take a maximum of six additional credit hours to raise the average. Students are required to get the approval of the adviser and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies before attempting additional credit hours.
6. Transfer Credits.
a. Transfer credit, including courses from VCU to be applied after acceptance in the program, is accepted at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies upon the recommendation of the student’s adviser.
b. All transfer work, including courses from VCU, must be at the “C” or higher grade.
c. CLEP examination credit is not accepted for the certificate programs.
d. Credits to be earned at other institutions after acceptance to the program must be approved in advance, and approval is granted at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies.
7. Students must continually demonstrate acceptable professional behavior to be retained in the program.
8. Students must apply to graduate using the Undergraduate Graduation Application Form. For deadlines, consult the university calendar.
9. The policies of the University regarding undergraduate degree programs will apply as the minimum when the certificate policy is not stated clearly in these policies. When in conflict, the stricter policy will apply in any case.
Student appeals for exceptions to policies or academic standards may be made in writing to Virginia Commonwealth University, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, School of Business, Richmond, VA 23284-4000.