Academic Services

A range of academic services are offered as part of the VCU ASPiRE program to promote student success. Through collaborations with Campus Learning Center, Writing Center, Financial Aid, Undeclared / Discovery Advising, University Career Center, and other support networks, ASPiRE program participants have access to in-hall support services. By taking advantage of programming and one-on-one consultation services, students will gain assistance with identifying sources for financing their education, building effective personal statements and resumes, and improving study and time management skills.

Program Advising

Advising services are extended to all ASPiRE students as an orientation to the academic and co-curricular requirements of the program.* Students are assigned a success coach for the duration of their time in the program. A success coach is a program staff member dedicated to ensuring the student is working to managing the responsibilities of the program in conjunction with other commitments in a successful and productive manner. These individuals can be a great resource for students as they navigate the program and overall college environment.

Students will attend a minimum of one advising session per semester during their first year in the program. Students needing additional assistance with program or general academic success or students who complete less than 25 hours of the co-curricular experience during each semester will be called in for additional mandatory sessions with either their success coach or other program staff.

In addition to program staff who serve in the success coach role, current 2nd year students serve as peer mentors for the 1st year cohort. Students beginning the program are encouraged to take advantage of peer to peer mentorship, particularly as it relates to building community and finding points of connection in the residence hall, time management, and how to be a successful ASPiRE student.

ASPiRE students are invited to schedule advising appointments with program staff at any time. For further information about academic services and/or program advising, e-mail Nerice Lochansky, assistant director, at or call (804) 827-3917.

*  Note: This advising is program specific and is a separate service from academic advising through a school or department