Transfer students and adult learners must complete all components of Orientation. VCU offers a streamlined program and virtual options for Orientation that are 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.

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.

Readmitted students are those who have reapplied for admission after some time away from the university. For those who have been away for three or more years, we recommend you attend a Transfer Orientation session. For those who have been enrolled at VCU more recently, we have an abbreviated hour-long virtual session to get you re-acquainted with VCU and caught up on anything you have missed.

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!

If you haven't already, please review the Transfer Student Checklist for more details on the need-to-know information to prepare for Orientation and your first semester at VCU!

Be sure to check out these additional resources for transfer students and adult learners:

Transfer Orientation

Transfer students and adult learners accepted can select either an in-person or virtual option for Orientation. The in-person option will consist of a half-day on-campus program. The virtual program typically runs for three to four hours and takes place over Zoom. Both programs will include some online components to complement your Orientation session.

Spring 2023 Orientation dates:

Transfer Orientation

  • Wed., Dec. 14, 2022: In-person Orientation from 12-5 p.m. (Humanities and Sciences, and Business majors)
  • Wed., Jan. 11, 2023: Virtual Orientation from 4-7 p.m.
  • Fri., Jan. 13, 2023: In-person Orientation (All schools/colleges)

Readmitted student program

  • Tues., Jan. 10, 2023: Virtual from 12-1 p.m.

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 will offer several tailored programs, including those for student veterans and adult learners, 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).

The new student transition fee for incoming transfer students 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, there is an additional fee. This non-refundable, one-time fee covers the cost to attend and includes a printed VCU Academic Calendar, materials, refreshments and a meal during Orientation, access to Ram Ready Online 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.

Spring orientation guest fee: $30.00 per person

‚Äč‚ÄčThere 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. Expand the options for more details based on your student type and the semester you are enrolling.

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.