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New Student Orientation

Welcome to Virginia Commonwealth University!

It is our pleasure to invite you to New Student Orientation at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Orientation is a required program and serves as your formal introduction to all that VCU has to offer. We encourage you to ask questions, actively participate, find new friends and learn what will be expected of you as a member of the VCU community while you spend time with us during your Orientation experience.  You have made a wonderful choice to attend VCU and are on your way to an exciting collegiate experience full of academic opportunity and personal growth.  We look forward to meeting you!

Click HERE to register for New Student Orientation.  Before you can register, you must return your response form and tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions and complete your math placement test.

Program Highlights

  • Orientation Leaders (OLs) will provide the inside scoop on academics, involvement and social life at VCU.
  • Academic advisors will inform you about your area of study and register you for classes.
  • Faculty and staff will expose you to campus resources and answer your burning questions.
  • Time with your Orientation Team (O-Team) will help you make friends and maybe find a roommate.
  • You will participate in your first VCU tradition and become an official Ram!

Dates

Students admitted to VCU for the fall semester will attend New Student Orientation during the summer prior to the start of classes.  When you sign in to the Orientation registration website, you will see the dates available for your major.  Please review your calendar prior to making a reservation. Several dates are available, but you should register as soon as possible as each session is limited to a certain number of participants and seats fill up fast!  This ensures that all students have a quality Orientation experience.  After completing your online reservation and payment, you will receive a confirmation email identifying your secured date and providing additional program information such as arrival time, where to park and what to bring with you. Please do not make travel plans until you receive final confirmation of your reserved date.

If you do not see a date online that you are able to attend, please contact our office at (804) 828-3700 to see if we have any other options for you.

Schedule

The schedule for summer Orientation is determined by your Orientation date and your status as a first-year or transfer students.  You will receive information about when to arrive on campus and the duration of your Orientation when you register for Orientation.  A detailed schedule of events will be provided upon your arrival to Orientation.

Parent and Family Orientation

Parents and family members continue to play a role of the utmost importance in their college students’ development and education. VCU believes the collegiate experience represents a collaboration involving the student, the family of the student and the faculty and staff of the university. We hope that by taking advantage of the programs designed specifically for parents and family members during orientation, you will become better informed about the university’s academic programs, policies, facilities and services while also learning how you can have a successful transition at this new stage of life.

Online reservations with payment are required. The fee paid upon making a reservation is non-refundable.