What are transfer students, adult learners, and readmitted students?

Transfer students are those who have attended at least one semester at another college or university and are transferring credits to VCU. Be sure to check out the Transfer Center as an additional resource.

Adult learners are undergraduate students who are 25 years old or older when they start their education at VCU. Be sure to check out the Office of Adult and Non-Traditional Student Services as an additional resource.

Readmitted students are those who have reapplied for admission after at least three consecutive semesters away from VCU. For students who have been readmitted to VCU after at least two years away, it is recommended that you attend a transfer Orientation session.

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What students told us they enjoyed most about their Orientation in Summer 2023:

“The pacing of each session during Orientation was the most beneficial. It allowed me to get a lot of useful information without having to sit through long presentations. It made it easier to access information that pertained to me.”

The staff [were] incredibly helpful, supportive and excited themselves at the VCU experience.“ 

“Overall, the Orientation helped me feel more secure about my transfer!”

Transfer Orientation

Orientation for transfer students and adult learners offers a streamlined program tailored to the needs of transfer students. This program aims to help you make a successful transition to VCU and to learn how to navigate resources and departments 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.

Orientation information:

Orientations are available based on the VCU college or school that your major falls within. At Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with staff and faculty from your college or school and will be grouped with other students by your college/school. Transfer and adult learner Orientations are available as in-person or virtual sessions at varying times to best meet your needs.

Summer 2024 Orientation dates:

You can select an Orientation session based on your VCU college or school. You will be able to see the specific dates available for you when you log into your Orientation account. Most sessions occur during the week during normal business hours.

In-person sessions

  • June 13: 12-5 p.m.
  • July 24: 12-5 p.m.
  • August 15: 12-5 p.m.

Virtual sessions

  • June 26: 1-4:30 p.m.
  • July 10: 4-7:30 p.m.
  • August 13: 1:00-4:30 p.m.

What to expect at Orientation

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

Orientation cost

There is no upfront cost for students to participate in Orientation. The cost for the program is covered by the New Student Transition Fee on your student bill in your first semester and will be paid alongside tuition and other fees or covered by your financial aid package (if applicable).

The fee for incoming transfer students covers your full Orientation experience, including all virtual and in-person experiences, your Orientation materials, program staffing and other associated costs (including space rental and technology). The fee also contributes to programming for transfer students and adult learners during the academic year

Visit Student Financial Services for more information on student fees.