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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Welcome to Rocky Vista University. We recognize that new students have a number of questions and will compile the most frequently asked questions here. For questions relating to the application process or other pre-matriculation questions, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@rvu.edu. If you can’t find the answers to your questions online, please feel free to email Student Affairs.

When is new student orientation?
Orientation is usually the week prior to the start of classes. The week’s events will include information regarding the program and curriculum, along with opportunities to interact with your classmates, RVU faculty, staff, and administrators. As the date approaches, more information regarding the week’s activities will be shared. All new students are required to attend.

What do I need to do before Orientation or the first day of classes?
In addition to being fully admitted and paying the necessary deposits, students should begin to familiarize themselves with RVU policies and procedures found in the Student Handbook, including the required technology. Each student is required to have a laptop computer with wireless capabilities. Also, become familiar with the required textbooks and supplies. The list has been posted on your MyVista portal.

How do I register for my classes?
Currently, all students are registered for their classes by the Registrar’s Office based upon year in school. To register for elective courses related to your program, complete this form and submit to Registrar’s office. For other questions relating to registration, e-mail the Registrar or call (720) 874-2452.

Where can I find information on financial aid and paying for school?
Information about student financial aid, loans, cost of attendance, etc. is available online by visiting the Student Financial Services website. For specific questions, please email the Financial Aid Counselor or call (720) 874-2442.

Where can I find information about tuition and other costs of attending RVU?
The costs of attending RVU and other useful information are located on the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Does RVU require students to have health insurance?
Yes. All students are required to obtain health insurance prior to matriculation and it must be maintained while enrolled at RVU. Students must participate in the University-sponsored health insurance program or provide a waiver with documentation of alternative equivalent coverage. The contact information for the student health insurance plan is HSA Consulting, Inc. (Daryl Hall) at 1-888-978-8355 or rvu@hsac.com. Web address is https://app.hsac.com/rvu.

What degree programs are offered by RVU?
The programs offered are outlined in the Student Handbook.  For 2017-2018 they include:

How do I apply for a learning or physical disability accommodations?
It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the process for disability services or accommodations. Specific guidelines are available online in the RVU Student Handbook, on the Academic Support, or contact the RVU Disability Officer at (720) 875-2857.

Where can I get information about housing?
TBA

Is tutoring provided to students?
The tutoring program at Rocky Vista University enables second- and third-year students to hold individual and group tutoring sessions and test reviews. These are available for all first- and second-year courses at no cost to the student. An email is sent out at the beginning of each course introducing the tutors and explaining the process of signing up for an individual tutor.

When is the White Coat Ceremony and are family members invited?
White Coat Ceremony is typically held during the week of student orientation. 

What clubs are available and how do I start a new club?
Student club and student government organization information is available here.. Students are encouraged to participate where possible. Information and requirements for creating a new student club are outlined in the Student Handbook. For the Utah campus, student government organizations will be organized within the first few weeks of the fall semester and additional information will be forthcoming.

What is the dress code?
Business casual guidelines, including slacks and jeans, collared shirts, sweaters, blouses, dresses with modest lengths, etc. Please refer to the Student Handbook for additional information, but examples of clothing that are not appropriate are:  shorts, mini-skirts, sweatpants, pajama pants, exercise pants, leggings (made of spandex or other form-fitting materials), t-shirts, shirts with spaghetti straps, halter tops, and clothing that may expose the midriff and torso. In addition, flip-flops and baseball caps are inappropriate. Students should refer to the Office of Student Affairs for specific questions. Also, note that the course syllabi may stipulate more specific clothing guidelines.

What are the Specialty Tracks and how can I learn more about them?
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine has developed specialized educational tracks to enable students to enhance the focus of their general medical education.  Current tracks which be available in January 2018 for the 2021 class will include:

1.) Rural & Wilderness Medicine; 2.) Military; 3.) Global Medicine; 4.) Physician-Scientist; 5.) Long Term Care; 6.) Academic & Leadership.  More specific information is available online here or in the Student Handbook.

What is there to do when I’m not studying?
There are great links to local area attractions on the RVU Visitors Web Page

Other useful contact information?

  • Admissions –  (720) 875-2849 
  • Registrar – (720) 874-2455
  • Financial Aid – (720) 874-2442
  • Testing Center – (720) 874-2461
  • Campus Security – (720) 874-2465
  • Academic Advising – (720) 874-2452 
  • Academic Support – (720) 874-2857 
  • Counseling- (720) 874-2853
  • Campus Operator – (303) 373-2008

RESOURCES

The various clubs and organizations provide the opportunity for students to apply what they learn in the classroom while giving them space to heighten skills that produce more engaged community members, more innovative practitioners, and more balanced individuals.

The purpose of the RVUCOM-SU Peer Mentoring program is to assist the incoming class in having a successful transition to medical school by providing opportunities for networking and support resources during their first year.

From Orientation and the White Coat Ceremony at the beginning of the students' medical school career to the residency match and Commencement towards the end, here are some of the notable events to look forward to.

CONTACT THE OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

COLORADO CAMPUS
8401 S. Chambers Road

Parker, CO 80134
(720) 795-9740

For faster response, please direct inquiries to the campus email:
studentaffairs@rvu.edu