Transfer Advising & Registration Guide
Every student brings their own unique selves to VCU, which is why we hold individual advising academic appointments with each and every incoming student. To prepare for your advising appointment, please make sure to complete each of the steps below:
Reminder: All students must attend their advising appointment and complete Orientation to confirm their course schedules.
- The survey will confirm your major, allow you to request a change of major (if desired), ask questions about your incoming transfer credits, and learn more about your course preferences.
- Review your transfer credits on Degree Works
- Take a look at your Major Map, which has links to a suggested plan of study
- Make a list of what classes you think you want to take
- See what courses are available on the Schedule of Classes
- Use College Scheduler to create your ideal schedule that adds breaks for work or other obligations
- Watch this video to learn how to register for classes at VCU
- Register for some or all of your classes
- Bring your proposed schedule and any questions to your advising appointment
- Consider signing up for UNIV 391, University, Academic, and Career Planning, a course just for first-semester Transfer and Adult Learners. This course is 1 credit and will be offered on Wednesdays from 1-1:50 pm, in person. Students will create a portfolio including an academic plan, career plan, and major research. There will be opportunities to create a support network with their peers, instructor, and other campus partners. To register for this course, email email@example.com with your name and V number!
Note: When you log into Degree Works, you’ll see a listing of the transferable courses with final grades on the official transcripts that VCU has received. Make sure to send your final official transcripts to VCU Office of Admissions so classes you’ve recently completed can be transferred to VCU. Missing prerequisites may impact registration.
As a transfer student, you are required to take the math placement test only if you have not completed a math course within three years or if your math transfer credit is not at least equivalent to MATH-141 Algebra with Applications (college algebra) at VCU.
In addition, students whose majors only require MATH 131 Introduction to Contemporary Math, do not need to take the math placement test.
Students with majors that require higher level mathematics courses (MATH 141 or higher) will need to take the math placement test if:
- they did not submit SAT or ACT scores to VCU as part of their application (which are translated into a VCU math placement score), or
- they will not be transferring math credits to VCU via to AP, IB, dual-enrollment or other college level credits, or
- their translated SAT or ACT test scores or transfer credits do not satisfy the prerequisite for enrollment in their desired math class.
Please visit the VCU Math Placement website for more information and to access the math placement test.
SAT / ACT Math Scores and VCU Math Placement equivalents
|SAT Math Score||ACT Math Score||ALEKS Score||VCU Math Placement Score||Course(s) You Are Eligible
to Enroll In
|Scores below 530||Scores below 21||0-44||131 or no placement score||MATH 129 or MATH 131|
|530-579||21-23||45-59||141||MATH 141 or STAT 208|
|580-589||24||60||139||MATH 139, MATH 141
or STAT 208
|MATH 151, STAT 210
or BUSN 212
|650+||29+||76-100||200||MATH 200, MATH 211, CMSC 255 or STAT 212, and BUSN 212|
|VCU Math Course Progressions
(each course is a prerequisite for the course(s) listed below it)
|MATH 131||MATH 129 with C or higher||MATH 141 with C or higher|
|MATH 139 with C or higher|
|BUSN 212 or MATH 151
with a C or higher
(via MATH 151 not BUSN 212)
The chemistry placement test is an online test used to place students into an appropriate general chemistry course based on their background knowledge. All students planning on registering for CHEM 101 General Chemistry I are required to take the test.
Majors that commonly require CHEM 101 include: engineering, biology, chemistry, forensic science, bioinformatics, environmental studies, interdisciplinary science, and many of the pre-professional health programs (pre-med, pre-pharmacy, etc.) This includes first-year students who have taken AP Chemistry. The Chemistry Placement Test is a prerequisite for CHEM 101.
Those earning a passing score on the test will be eligible to register for CHEM 101. Those not earning a passing score have two options:
- Complete the ALEKS online unit. After successfully completing one of these options students are eligible to register for CHEM 101. ALEKS must be completed by no later than July 31 (for fall semester) or Jan. 10 (for spring semester).
- Enroll in CHEM 100 – Introductory Chemistry and earn a B or better.
Please visit the VCU Chemistry Placement website for more information and to access the chemistry placement test.
Students who plan to study a language at VCU must take the language placement test to determine the appropriate beginning language class (unless they want to begin in the entry level course). Only students with transfer credit from other educational institutions are eligible to enroll in the next course within their language sequence without completing the foreign language placement test. The foreign language placement test must be taken online before the first week of classes
Students who have completed level three of a foreign language at an accredited U.S. public or private high school have fulfilled the Humanities and Sciences foreign language requirement through the 102 level. Learn more on the College of Humanities and Sciences high school foreign language waiver webpage.
Learn more about and sign up for foreign language placement testing.
- If a class that you chose is closed, please:
- select an alternate section of the same class, or
- select a different course of the same type, or
- join the waitlist for the course (if available).
- You can also monitor eServices throughout the summer to see if any seats in your preferred sections of classes become available.
- If a class that you chose will not allow you to register for it due to a prerequisite error please:
- make a note of this and bring it with you to your advising appointment,
- and, select a different course to register for.
Write down any questions that you have so that you can bring them to your academic advising appointment.
Note: Your class schedule is not confirmed until you attend orientation, so make sure to register for and attend orientation!
Transfer students admitted for the fall semester can use the Navigate mobile app to make an appointment with your academic advisor starting May 15. Students admitted for the spring will be able to meet with their advisors after November 15.
Make sure to complete your Advising Registration Survey and start to register for classes before you schedule a "New Transfer Advising" appointment with your new academic advisor. For your convenience, this advising meeting can be held online, in-person or over the phone. During this appointment, you will confirm your transferred credits, review your class schedule and make adjustments, be introduced to your Major Map and even set up your first follow-up appointment where you will make your full graduation plan.
Note: You can download Navigate two business days after VCU processes your tuition deposit.
Virtual Info Sessions
How to Register for Classes on eServices and Use DegreeWorks
|Session Date||Session Time|
Monday, Dec. 4
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 15
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 21
12:00 p.m. -12:30 p.m.
Friday, January 5
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 10
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.