Orientation session dates

Orientation session dates are available in June and July and will vary depending on your student status (e.g. first-year or transfer) and your major. Please select the appropriate student type below to view your available dates. You will select a date for your Orientation session when you complete Orientation registration. You will only be able to select the date(s) that are available to you based on your student record.

First-Year Orientation

Orientation for first-year students is a two-day program that includes an overnight experience. Students will stay on campus in the Gladding Residence Center. When you complete your registration, you will select a date based on your school/college and availability.

First-year students will participate in the following components to fulfill Orientation requirements:

  • Two-day in-person Orientation session
  • Ram Ready Orientation Modules
  • Virtual or in-person advising meeting to confirm your schedule

Special Orientation programs

Transfer and Adult Learner Student Orientations

VCU offers both in-person and virtual options for transfer students and adult learners. The in-person program is a half-day program and includes a program for family members and guests. The virtual program is three to four hours and is conducted over Zoom.

Transfer students and adult learners will participate in the following components to fulfill Orientation requirements:

  • Virtual or in-person Orientation session
  • Ram Ready Orientation Modules
  • Virtual or in-person advising meeting to confirm your schedule

Ram Ready Orientation Module Overview

After registering for Orientation, students and families will have access to modules on Ram Ready on the release date. Modules must be completed in order but may be completed at the pace of each individual. Once the Ram Ready Orientation Modules are available, you can access them 24 hours a day from the release date until the start of the semester. They have been specifically designed to allow for flexibility within your schedule.

Tips for completing Ram Ready

Participants should plan to spend about 30 minutes per module, but the timing may vary for each individual. Each module is required and progressive, so you must complete them in order to move on to the next.

Ram Ready Orientation Modules content is tailored just for you! Some of the general content is the same for all participants, but we do have tailored content for specific groups, such as first-year students, transfer students, veterans, and family members. You will self-select your student type upon your initial login.

Students should sign in to Ram Ready using the VCU CAS login with your eID and password. Families and guests should select the guest login and then select "Family" as your user type. Families should use the email that your student used when adding you to their Orientation reservation.