Virginia Commonwealth University

Make it real.

Summer Reading Program

VCU’s Summer Reading Program introduces incoming students to the academic and intellectual culture of VCU through a common reading experience. Over the summer, students read a select book and discuss it in different settings during freshman year.

When students attend orientation, they are given their own copies of the book and asked to read it before they return to campus in August. During Welcome Week and throughout the academic year, students exchange ideas on the book through small-group discussions led by a faculty member, university administrator or upper-level student. The discussions not only introduce academic dialogue, but also offer opportunities to establish connections with faculty, staff and fellow students.

For 2015-2016, the Summer Reading program is expanding to engage the entire University in topics aligned with our Quality Enhancement Plan, Learning That Matters: Building a Culture of Generalizable Education. Through social media, campus events, and other avenues of involvement, the Summer Reading book and our incoming students will be the hub of a campus dialogue throughout the year, a dialogue that will forge vital, ongoing connections between students, faculty, and staff across both campuses.

The Summer Reading Committee makes recommendations to the Provost for each year’s book. Watch this page for further news on our 2015-2016 selection!

Be sure to see the VCU Libraries Summer Reading Resource Guide for lots of interesting articles about the books, authors, and topics for prior years’ programs.