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Orientation Checklist

Right now, you probably have so many questions that you’re not sure where to begin! We designed this checklist to guide you in your preparation as you begin your transition to VCU.

Please feel free to contact the offices listed or the Office of New Student Programs for assistance at (804) 828-3700 or e-mail

  • READ thoroughly the Accepted Students Handbook sent to you by the Office of Admissions and return the Admissions Response form with your tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions.
  • If you plan to live on campus visit and submit an online electronic housing application. A $250 pre-payment fee is required, which is applied toward the student’s fall housing costs. On-campus housing is guaranteed for first-year students who complete their online application by June 1st. Housing is not guaranteed after that date.
  • Information on Dining Plans is available at New Student Orientation or on the Dining Services website. Please note that some residence halls have a dining plan requirement. If you have specific questions concerning Dining Services, visit or call (804) 828-1148.
  • Have your doctor complete the Certificate of Immunization or attach an official immunization document that fulfills all requirements and send it to University Health Services at the address listed on the certificate. You may also bring this form with you to Orientation and turn it in to University Health Services. The form is included in your Accepted Students Handbook and is also available online at the Student Health website.
  • Apply for financial aid by completing your FAFSA as early as possible and indicate VCU as your designated school (VCU’s code is 003735). Visit for more information.
  • Purchase a computer if you do not already own one. All incoming students are required to have a personal computer. To learn what you need for your classes, please visit for more information. For academic discounts on computers that fit your curriculum and for information about the on-campus computer repair service, visit
  • Complete the Online Math Placement Test before your Orientation session. Even though you may have AP, IB, or dual-enrollment credits pending that will supercede your placement score, we strongly urge you to take the test so that you can register in case those credits are not processed before you arrive at Orientation. If you don’t have a test score or official credit recorded on your VCU transcript, you will not be able to register for a math course while at Orientation. So please either take the test or make sure your grades and scores are submitted to VCU before you come to Orientation.
  • Request that all transcripts (high school and college, if applicable) be sent to the Office of Admissions.
  • Students with disabilities who require accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Support Services at (804) 828-2253. To request disability accommodations during New Student Orientation, you must email your request to New Student Programs at no less than one week prior to your orientation session.
  • Bring your cellphone with you to sign up for VCU Emergency Text Messages.

Useful Contact Information

Service Department Location Phone (804)
Register for Orientation New Student Programs Hibbs Hall, 2nd Floor
Suite 201
Living arrangements on campus Residential Life and Housing VCU Central Housing Office
301 W. Cary Street, 1st floor
Living arrangements off campus Off-Campus Housing 828-7205
Dining Plan Dining Services On-line or 1111 W. Broad Street 828-1148
Paying your bills Student Accounting Department 1015 Floyd Avenue, 1st Floor 828-2228
Parking permits Parking and Transportation 1108 W. Broad St. 828-7275
Disabilities Disability Support Services University Student Commons
907 Floyd Ave., Room 102
Financial Assistance Financial Aid Harris Hall
1015 Floyd Ave, 1st Floor
Immunization Forms and other Medical Arrangements University Student Health Services Sports Medicine Building,
1300 W. Broad St., Suite 2200
Student ID (VCUCard)
[Students may obtain their student ID cards on or after their orientation date, not before.]
VCUCard Office Technology Administrative Building
701 W. Broad St.
Admissions Undergraduate Admissions 821 W. Franklin St. 828-1222