Preparing for Orientation

Note for students beginning in the spring: 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.

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 into 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 guest that is planning to join you, you must add them as a guest at the end of your registration and pay the guest 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 guest, log back in to your Orientation account and go to the “Guest” 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

This is a two-day overnight program that will run from around 11:30 a.m. on Day 1 and will end around 1 p.m. on Day 2. Students and families will have the option to check in beginning around 10 a.m. to attend some optional sessions including a Financial Aid Overview and a Military Benefits Overview for those who may be receiving military benefits.

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

The Transfer Orientation program is typically a half day that runs about 5 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

The virtual Transfer Orientation program is 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 about 3.5 hours total and you should plan to be logged on and participating the entire time.