Transfer students and adult learners must complete all components of Orientation. 

Transfer students are those who have attended at least one semester at another college or university and are transferring credits to VCU. Adult learners are undergraduate students who are 25 years old or older when they start their education at VCU.

Whether you are transferring from a two-year school or another four-year school, from in-state or out-of-state, returning from some time away or starting college for the first time, we are excited to welcome you to the RAMily!

Transfer Orientation

Transfer students and adult learners accepted for Fall 2022 can select either an in-person or virtual option for Orientation. The in-person option is a half-day on-campus program, and will include some online components as well. The virtual program typically runs for three to four hours and takes place over Zoom. 

Below is an overview of each component of the Orientation experience. You will receive more detailed information in your email once you have completed your Orientation registration. It is important to check your email regularly and read over emails carefully.

Special transfer Orientation programs

VCU offers several tailored programs to help you connect with other students like you and the departments and resources that support your needs. 

Orientation cost

There will be no upfront cost for the student Orientation program. The cost for the program is covered by the new student transition fee on your student bill and will be paid alongside tuition and other fees or covered by your financial aid package (if applicable).

For Fall 2022, the new student transition fee for incoming transfer students is estimated to be $125 and this covers your full Orientation experience (including all online, virtual and in-person experiences, your Orientation materials, and transition programming that supports you and your family in your first year at VCU).

Visit Student Financial Services for more information on student fees.

Family and guest fee

Transfer students can add a guest to their Orientation registration. For the in-person program, the guest fee is $30 per person. This non-refundable, one-time fee covers the cost to attend and includes a printed VCU Academic Calendar, materials, refreshments and a boxed meal during Orientation, access to Ram Ready modules for families, staffing and rental fees. 

This fee is collected at the time of registration via a secure online payment system. All major credit and debit cards are accepted. We cannot accept cash or checks.

​​There is no additional fee for guests to join the virtual Orientation program.

Please note: Fees are subject to change from semester to semester. This fee is non-refundable.

Advising and course placement

Advising and registration takes place in tandem with your Orientation session. Advising and registration vary by your student type (first-year or transfer) and your academic college/unit. 

For more information on general academic advising, visit VCU Advising.

Course placement options

VCU determines your entry-level math, chemistry and foreign language courses based on your academic background and course placement test scores. All first-year students are required to complete math placement, and may also need to complete others based on their major. Transfer students are encouraged to complete math placement if they will not be transferring to a college-level algebra class or higher. Review the information below for more details.