Curricular Innovation and Student Success
The University College enhances student engagement and success by providing a central home for innovative learning experiences from the first year onward. Our support for excellence in learning empowers life-long learners to become creative, integrative thinkers.
Meet our Graduates
We are incredibly proud of our Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program graduates! They have built a learning trajectory unique to their academic and professional needs.
The Department of Focused Inquiry offers small, seminar-style classes for first- and second-year students as part of the core curriculum at VCU. Our interdisciplinary faculty strives to foster curiosity about the world at large through community-engaged, experiential, and problem-based learning.
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies is designed for students who wish to create an individualized curriculum not available in traditional majors. Students in this undergraduate degree program are able to design an individualized degree compatible with their academic, or professional needs.
The Common Book Program is one of the largest initiatives in University College. Building upon the nationally recognized Summer Reading program, the new initiative expands the previous program into a university-wide initiative focused on welcoming our first-year students into the vibrant intellectual culture of VCU.
Our Undergraduate Teaching Program provides successful FI students a chance to engage in experiential education through collaboration, mentorship, and reflection. UTAs work in the classroom, adding a crucial layer of support that helps both their students and their faculty mentors.
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The University College is the central home for university-wide programs and resources that help to enhance students’ undergraduate experience. University College Fund dollars provide the University College with the ability to meet unexpected needs not funded through the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as respond to unforeseen opportunities.