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What's the most frustrating thing about your school?


The most frustrating thing about my school is that there isn't a great sense of community. I've been here for a while and it's hard to make friends. There aren't really many opportunities to really connect with someone. Maybe it's just me, but I do wish there was more of an effort to get students to connect.


The most frustrating thing about VCU would be that it is hard to tell who actually is in college and who isn't. Being a heavily urban campus, you are constantly surround by the real world with a large percentage of poeple that are not students. This takes away from the college atmosphere that your expecting when you go to school.


The most frustrating thing about my school is the parking becasue it is expensive, inconvenient, and non existent.


There is not much to be frustated about in this school, one thing though is the choices of food we can use swipes on. As it gets very tiring to eat the same things over and over again, it would be nice to have more places and businesses that take swipes so we could have more varity in the food we eat.


I think the fact that the location is very old and poor. It certainly needs to renovate its rusty, broken sidewalks because they're a danger to everyone, especially runners! I also don't like the fact that the campus is near dangerous neighborhoods and every now and then our alarm goes off because some thug is running past our campus holding a shotgun.


How the websites don't seem to have enough complete information. The information is scattered around multiple websites when they should all be together on one page.


Finding ways to fund my education


The two most frustrating things about my school would have to be the financial aid department and the bus. Our financial aid department SUCKS! Itt's like they don't really care about what's going on in our lives. It's very frustrating going in multiple times and they do nothing but give you the run around.


The most frustrating part about VCU is that there's a lack of a college experience because it is scattered throughout Richmond.


The only thing I could that would be most frustrating about my school is that there is a considerable amount of homeless people on and around the campus.


The most frustrating thing about my school would be the lack of more free school activities during the weekend. As a college freshman without a car, I do not have the luxury of traveling to my home during the weekends like most upperclassmen, so having more activities on campus throughout the weekend would help transitioning freshmen to feel more included and less bored while on campus during the weekend.


The school is set up in a city, so it's a little harder to find your way around than it would be on a traditional college campus.


I have had trouble with advising at my school. I have previously been placed in classes that were not required and not relevant to my major.


One of the most frustrating things about my school is advising. I am a Resident Assistant in one of the resident halls and some residents have told me what their class advisors have told them to sign up. Some of the classes are unnecessary and I feel that they are making the students take useless classes so they can stay longer at the university to pay more money. The advisors also do not plan ahead for the next four years which I feel they should do.


The most frustrating thing about Virginia Commonwealth University is having to chose a major. VCU offers such a wide range of options to its 31,000 students. There are 63 undergraduate programs from which to choose. Sixty-three! The VCU faculty represents some of the best and brightest minds in the world. It is frustrating to have to concentrate on one area when there are so many excellent options to study.


One of the most frustrating aspects about Virginia Commonwealth University is the foods that are served at dining courts. There is not a big variety of places for students to use their swipes or dining dollars at. Because of this, I find myself eating from the same place and the same types of food. Since I have wanted to lose some weight and eat healthy, I've found it very hard to find variety in healthy foods. I hope VCU opens up more food courts for students in the near future.


The most frustrating thing about VCU is the financial aid/accounting department. Myself, as well as many of my peers, have encountered issues with receiving money from these departments. The delays in receiving funds from the schools cause many students to purchase their books too late which then affects their performance in class.


I would have to say that the most frustrating aspect of Virginia Commonwealth University would have to be one of two things: how far my classes are from one another, or how I have to stay on the MCV campus.


The most Frustrating thing about my school has to be the traffic. I commute back and forth from school and when things get cluttered, I either end up missing my class or getting too fustrated to attend class. But it's not just fustrating for the students, teachers who have to travel long distances end up canceling classes at times due to traffic issues. And with the large amount of students in my school, parking is a big factor as well. Parking passes are almost a must to attend this college.


The most frustrating thing about Virginia Commonwealth University is that if you are in need of any kind of math courses that start with pre-Calculus and forward, they are almost impossible to register for because so many people need these classes. If you happen to register in enough time, then you are lucky; but if not, then you have to apply for an override and hope to get a space, or wait for someone to drop the class. It's frustrating for the science majors though.


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The most frustrating thing about VCU is its extremely high number of students! Because there are so many students here, everything is on a "first come, first serve" basis.


The most frustrating thing to me about my school is learning how to use your time wisely. There is so much work that is in need to be done. There is also a lot of other things to do that might interfere, even if they are school related. If you are one of the many like myself who are used to not working hard but breezing through class and partying more, then you would be in for a surprise because focus is definitely a necessity.


The university I attend does not gurantee upper classmen housing; after freshman year it is up to the students to find their own housing if there is not enough housing left for them. There are many off-campus housing nearby, however, many of them are just too expensive for a college student . I wish there was something the university could do to make it a little less stressful on the students when it comes to housing.


The single, most frustrating thing about VCU is the lack of communication between faculty and staff, especially those involved in student advising. Sometimes, the result of this miscommunication is being completely forgotten, usually during your time of need. I feel that this is mostly due to the constant expansion and referbishing of the university's services and will diminish in the coming years with the integration of more stable types of communication.


Not being able to recieve the help and guidance needed when it comes to scheduleing and interships


Many of the classes hold several hundred students. Financial Aid office has many issues/problems when dealing with students.


The most frustrating thing about my school is the process for housing. You get a lottery number and a certain time you can sign up for housing but my lottery number was very high so I did not get housing and I have to look for an apartment and pay for my own schooling starting next year.


The most frustrating aspect about VCU was the advising for students. I often had to figure out which courses to take on my own and it was imperative to pay close attention to what courses were needed in order to graduate. I found that the advisors at my school were not as fully trained as they should have for their position.


The most frustrating thing here is our financial aid office, there is always a long wait, and you can barely reach your financial counselor. Most counter representatives seem to lack knowledge about important issues. However our school has recently expanded our office and student accounting to be more efficient and helpful, so change is coming.


the fact that if you want to get anywhere you have to walk the streets with thousands of other people through the city.


There is a lack of professors, so some classes fill up before you are able to register which causes you to have to wait an extra semester to take that course.


The food the school provides isn't the greatest thing in the world, sometimes it doesn't settle well with me. At the same time location of the school fixes the problem. Restuarants are located everywhere but you have to deal out your own money. That brings up another issue the dining plan is expensive and sometimes I alittle cheated for the money I'm paying. You get a set number of meal blocks and if you don't use them all they don't get transfered.


The most frustrating thing about my school is it's in the city. By being in the city, there are many homeless people standing around wanting money. Each day when I walk arounf the school campus from the parking deck, I pass by at least two homeless people holding signs, and not all of them are friendly. One guy actually threaten our group by saying, "Each one of you have nothin." So it almost seems as if it is not safe sometimes when walking through the streets on campus.


Some of the class sizes are just too much! 120-150 kids at some times. I prefer the more teacher/student focused classes.


The most frustrating thing about my school is the financial aid requirements. I didn't know that there was a maximum amount financial aid that you could receive. As a result, my financial aid was cancelled because I had not graduated within 150{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of credit hours attempted. I appealled it and my aid was reinstated.


The most frustraing thing about Virginia Comonwealth University (VCU) is the unemployment and homeless rate. The residents who are not associated with the school are losing there jobs which has made homelessness increase. Along with the homelessness rates increasing, crime rates are high in the city of Richmond and they seem to steadily increase. The city is very beautiful, but when one is living off-campus, there is a feeling of being unsafe.


I have had a hard time adjusting to the weather.


location of the school


I can't think of anything frustrating about my school.


The most frustrating thing is when there are not enough group study rooms during finals week.


The only thing I could say was frustrating would be having to live in a dorm room. There was limited space and having to share a bathroom with a floor of boys wasn't very fun.


There is a lack of school spirit and overall sense of community. Because VCU resides in an urban setting and is a commuter school, students spread out through Richmond and the neighboring counties, which interfere with community cohesiveness.


Most of the other students are from major cities like Northern VA or Hampton area, so sometimes its hard to mingle if you are from a smaller city. I didn't know anyone else who came here from Harrisonburg, unlike most others who already know many people who will attend the same school.


Crime and keeping safe.


The walking to your classes.


One of the more frustrating things about my school is learning how to get eServices to work. I do not remember getting a tutorial or a quick run-through on how it is supposed to function, and I do not know who to go to for help. Another thing was that I did not know how to pay my tuition for school until it was too late, and I was slapped with late fees and holds on registration, which made it so much harder to find classes during registration time.


It lacks organization at times and paperwork is frequently lost.


Advising .


When I don't have any money, it is very hard for me to find a place to print out things from the computer for free. It is very rare. Everything on campus must be paid for in order to use.