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

What's included in Family Orientation

Ram Ready Modules for Families:

The Ram Ready modules for families will share information about academic programs, student life, safety and wellness, and opportunities for your involvement in the VCU community. You will have access to the same content your students will see in their program so that you can talk with them about it but will also have tailored experiences just for you! Please know that Ram Ready modules are available 24 hours a day and they were specifically designed to allow for flexibility within your schedule. 

In order to gain access to Ram Ready modules for families, your student must add you to their registration. Visit the Registration page for more details on adding a guest. Once you have been added to your student's Orientation account, you will receive an email with more details on the program and how to access the Ram Ready Online Modules for families.

Orientation Session:

Families are invited to join their students for their virtual Orientation sessions. For Spring 2022, we are offering some limited in-person options. Students who register for an in-person session can also register up to one guest to attend in-person with them (an additional guest fee may apply.) 

Ram Family Update Mailing List:

Once your student has added you to their Orientation registration, you will also be added to our Ram Family Update Mailing List to receive important monthly updates about what's going on at VCU and any relevant announcements that are communicated with your student. Additionally, you will receive invitations to both virtual and in-person events sponsored by the VCU Family Council, a group of families selected to serve families and connect them to VCU!


There is no fee for families participating in Orientation during Fall 2021. We hope this will encourage families to join us and help their students have a successful transition to VCU!

*Please check back this fall for more information about fees for Spring 2022.