Welcome to Summer Scholars

Summer Scholars is an exciting five-week program that gives students a head start on their path to VCU, graduation and beyond! Students take classes, earn credits and build a group of close friends before the start of the fall semester. It's a great chance to get familiar - and comfortable - with VCU and the Richmond community.

Benefits of starting college in the summer:

You'll take classes, earn credits and build a group of close friends before starting your first semester in the fall. VCU offers more than 800 courses each semester.

This program is by invitation only. Class size is limited.

Don't wait! Apply online today to be a Summer Scholar.

Suzanne Makarem, Department of Marketing, Summer Reading

As a 2021 Summer Scholar, you will:

  • Get ahead by earning seven college credits that count towards your degree requirements (this is a change--see below for details)
  • Form lasting relationships with other Summer Scholars
  • Acquire “college knowledge” from and become friends with the peer mentors
  • Learn the VCU campus and surrounding community (yes, even virtually!)
  • Build connections with professors and administrators
  • Enter a supportive community that you’ll be a part of through graduation
lunch in the garden behind Sanger Hall

Why do students take summer classes?

  • Save money by finishing on time or in under four years.
  • Add summer minors or a second major and still graduate on time or early
  • Reduce fall and spring course loads to add an internship or to give tough classes more attention
  • Experience a "quieter" campus: zip through Starbucks, have your choice of available gym equipment, and snag your favorite library spot.
  • Get to know your professors better in smaller class sizes.They're cool!