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Welcome to VCU

Are you Ram Ready?

Orientation is required for first-year students, transfer and adult learner students, international students and students who are returning to VCU after being away for more than three years. Parents and family members are welcome and encouraged to participate. Think of it as your formal introduction to VCU. 

Begin your Spring 2021 Registration

Orientation for Spring 2021 will be held VIRTUALLY and includes two components: 

  1. Ram Ready Online Modules, a series of online modules to complete at your own pace;
  2. A virtual meeting with VCU staff and student Orientation Leaders.

Ram Ready Online Modules

Ram Ready Online Modules will be available in early December. After registering, you will receive information on how to access Ram Ready once it has opened. These online modules provide the information you need to successfully start the semester. Modules should be completed in order at the pace of each individual. Once available, we encourage you to complete the modules before your scheduled virtual Orientation meeting. The modules include information about connecting with your academic advisor to finalize your class schedule, if you haven't already.

Ram Ready Module Topics:

Module 1: Welcome to VCU (Introduction to Orientation, VCU Overview, Technology)

Module 2: Take Care of Business (Housing, Dining, Textbooks, Software, Transportation, Immunizations, Transcripts)

Module 3: College Financing (Financial Aid, Student Accounting, Student Privacy)

Module 4: Academic Success (Major Maps, Accessibility, Academic Support, Academic Overviews, Advising)

Module 5: Career Pathways (REAL, Career, Work-Study, Mentoring, Alumni, Research, Education Abroad)

Module 6: Get Involved (Diversity and Inclusion, Student Organizations, Peer Leadership, Student Media)

Module 7: Be Well (The Well, Student Health, Counseling, Recreational Sports)

Module 8: Find Resources (Safety, Advocacy, Title IX, Campus Resources)

Module 9: Make it REAL (Expectations, Free Speech, Preparing for Arrival, VCUCard, Richmond)

Virtual Orientation Meeting

You will also have a virtual meeting that will provide you with an opportunity to hear from campus partners and meet with an Orientation Leader and other new students. These meetings will take place in January 2021 prior to the start of the spring semester. You will be able to select from several available times when you complete your Orientation registration.

You will access the meeting virtually via Zoom using a platform called RamsConnect. You will receive details on how to log into RamsConnect and access your meeting link during the week of your scheduled meeting. We are excited to welcome you to the #RAMily through this virtual experience! Once you register you will receive all the details you need to complete virtual Orientation and prepare to start classes in January.

Visit Dates and Schedules for more details on Ram Ready Module release dates and Virtual Meeting dates.