First-Year Academic Learning Communities (ALC) Program

Application Deadline Extended: July 1, 2023

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The First-Year Academic Learning Communities (ALC) program provides the opportunity for students to engage in learning experiences with peers and faculty in their academic major. Through the ALCs, you’ll engage in a unique educational experience by taking three of the same courses with other first-year Rams, participate in fun and rewarding social and career programs, and build meaningful experiences with professors (faculty fellows) in your academic program. 

VCU offers four ALC programs for students interested in pursuing one of the following majors: Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science (HPEX), Mass Communications (MASC), Political Science (POLI), and Psychology (PSYC).  We strongly encourage our undeclared/discovery students to participate in one of these communities if interested in pursuing any of these majors. 


  • Have access to specialized major courses earlier in your program
  • Connect monthly with faculty members in your academic discipline to meet your academic and career goals 
  • Build a network of friends who have similar academic interests
  • Participate in engaging social and professional activities
  • Engage with your academic support team to help ease the transition to college life 

Expectation of Engagement:

  • Attend and participate in the three ALC courses for your academic track 
  • Engage in four programs in the fall semester (one per month) facilitated by your faculty fellow 


For questions about the First-Year Academic Learning Communities program email: