Are you Ram Ready?

Orientation is required for first-year, transfer, adult learner and international students, as well as students 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. 

Orientation registration is now closed for students admitted for Fall 2022. For students admitted for Spring 2023, check back later this semester for updates. Registration typically opens in November, and Orientations take place in January before the start of classes.

If you are admitted for Fall 2023, check back in the Spring for updated. Registration for summer Orientations typically begins in April, and Orientation dates are available in June and July.

Please review the accepted student checklists and complete other items on the list to ensure you are prepared to register for Orientation.

VCU Orientation

Orientation is your official welcome to VCU and will prepare you for your first semester. VCU offers a variety of Orientation programs based on your experience, so whether this is your first time at college, you are transferring from another school or you are returning after some time off, you can find the Orientation experience that works for you!

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First-year student

A first-year student is any student attending college for the first time (not including dual-enrollment taken in high school), typically straight from high school or after a short time away from school. Orientation for first-year students offers an immersive experience for students to learn about life at VCU, understand academic requirements, learn about campus resources and connect with VCU students, faculty and staff. Our program also includes an overnight stay on VCU's campus.

Learn more about Orientation for first-year students.

Transfer students and adult learners

VCU offers several Orientation program options for transfer students, adult learners and non-traditional students. Orientation is a vital step in your success at VCU.

Transfer students are those that have attended at least one semester at another college or university and are transferring credits to VCU. Adult learners and non-traditional students include students age 25 or older or students who are married/widowed/divorced, have children/dependents or who are military-affiliated (veteran/active duty/reservists).

Learn more about Orientation for transfer and adult learner students.

Parent, family member or supporter

Family members of new first-year and transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete the online Family Orientation and attend virtual or in-person orientation events leading up to your students first semester at VCU. As important partners in your student’s success, we have designed this orientation program just for you.

Learn more about Orientation for families and supporters.