Preparing for Orientation

As you prepare for your upcoming Orientation session, here is some helpful information to review prior to your session.

General reminders:

  • Need to make any changes to your Orientation registration? Please log back in to your Orientation account to select a new date, add a family member or guest or make any other updates. Go to the “Completed Tasks” tab to find your Orientation Registration page and make changes.
  • Thinking about changing your major? Be sure to complete that process before Orientation, if possible. To request a change of major, email Undergraduate Admissions at If your major change request is in another VCU school or college, your application will need to be reevaluated and you may need to change your Orientation date.
  • If you have a family member or supporter that is planning to join you, you must add them to your reservation at the end of your registration and pay the family Orientation fee (in-person Orientations only). They should receive a confirmation email to the guest email provided if they have been successfully registered. To add a family member, log back in to your Orientation account and go to the “Family/Supporter Orientation” tab.
  • Make plans to be present for the entire time of your scheduled Orientation. If you cannot, please reschedule for a time that works better for you.

Prepare for first-year Orientation

For students accepted for the fall semester:

  • Orientation is a two-day overnight program that will begin around 12 p.m. on the first day (Day One) and will end by 2 p.m. on the second day (Day Two). You will have the option to check in beginning around 10 a.m. to attend some optional sessions, explore campus or visit any offices you need to. Times may vary from year to year. Final schedules are typically available one month before the start for Orientation.

For students accepted for the spring semester: 

  • The Spring Orientation program is typically a half day that runs about 5 hours for both new first-year and transfer students. This program is similar to an in-person Transfer session; see more information below.

Students are required to attend the entire program, and families are encouraged to attend as much as possible to gain the most from the experience.

Prepare for in-person Transfer Orientation

This is typically a half-day program that will run for around five hours. Sessions take place at various times, so be sure to check your email to confirm your exact time. Check-in typically begins up to one hour before your session start time. You will receive a reminder email with check in times and details a few days before your session. Students should plan to attend the entire program.

Prepare for virtual Transfer Orientation

This is typically an abbreviated version of Orientation that covers the main highlights and gives you an opportunity to meet with staff and faculty and get any final questions answered. The program runs for around 3.5 hours total. Students should plan to attend the entire program.