Before you can sign up to attend NSO, you will need to accept your offer of admission and pay your tuition deposit. Instructions for how to do this can be found on the Office of Admissions website.

You must obtain your eID before you can make a reservation to attend New Student Orientation, apply for housing or access your VCU email account. To get your VCU eID, visit You can set up your VCU email account at

Check your offer of admission to see the degree program you're accepted into at VCU. If you wish to change your degree program, send your written request (including your full name and V-number) via email to It takes at least 48 business hours for this change to be processed. Wait until your change is processed to sign up for NSO because you will select an orientation session based on your program.

Math Placement Test

First-year students must take the math placement test before registering for NSO. You can access the test at

Transfer students are required to take the math placement test only if they have not completed a math course within three years or if their math transfer credit is not at least the equivalent to MATH-141 Algebra with Applications (college algebra) at VCU.

Chemistry Placement Test

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, current or incoming, planning on registering for General Chemistry I (CHEM 101) are required to take the test. This includes first-year and transfer students who have taken AP Chemistry. The Chemistry Placement Test is a prerequisite for CHEM 101. You can access the test at

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: 

1) enroll in CHEM 100 – Introductory Chemistry and earn a B or better, or

2) complete the ALEKS online unit. (Information about ALEKS can be found here.) After successfully completing one of these options students are eligible to register for CHEM 101.


First-year students will be pre-registered for their fall coursework prior to NSO. First-year students must complete the course registration survey at Before taking the survey, you must have taken your math placement test. An academic advisor will use your responses to the survey to create your class schedule, which you will review at NSO. Your schedule is not confirmed until you attend NSO.

Transfer students must register for New Student Orientation prior to making an appointment to meet with their academic advisor using Navigate. During this appointment you will confirm your transferred credits, get registered for classes, be introduced to your Major Map, and set up a follow-up appointment where you will make your full graduation plan. For students unable to come to campus, this meeting can be held online or over the phone. This meeting must happen before attending NSO. Your schedule is not confirmed until you attend NSO.


Attending NSO is required for all new first-year and transfer students and you must make a reservation to attend. Your reservation is not complete until your online payment is received. Payments are nonrefundable.

Registration closes one week prior to each orientation date and the earlier you sign up, the better choice you will have of dates to attend. Special sessions are available for military, international and out-of-state students. We also have specific sessions dedicated for students with disabilities and those participating in various VCU summer programs such as Summer Scholars, Acceleration, and TRiO Summer Bridge. Please contact to inquire about these special sessions and receive additional registration information.

Register for New Student Orientation by visiting

Overnight accommodations are not included for family members/guests but there are several options available. Housing on campus is available in the Cary and Belvidere Residential College at a rate of $50-$170 per night depending on family size. Please note that this is not the residence hall students are housed in during NSO. To make a reservation, visit


Several area hotels offer special rates during the summer for NSO families and guests. See for more information.

Submitting your photo now will keep you from having to wait in a line at NSO to have your picture taken. And you can guarantee that you look your best! To get photo specifications and find out how to submit your photo, visit

All first-year students must complete the College Student Inventory before Orientation. Take 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire now so that you don't have to take it at NSO. This will help VCU learn more about you and how to best meet your needs as a student. New transfer students do not need to take the College Student Inventory.

Students who plan to continue studying a foreign language that they studied in high school must take the language placement test to determine the appropriate language class. Only students with transfer credit from other educational institutions are eligible to enroll in the next course within their language sequence. The foreign language placement test must be taken in person either before or during orientation. For more information about when and where tests are administered, visit

All incoming students are required to complete Ram Ready, a series of online modules that will help you learn more about VCU and reduce the number of presentations you have to sit through at your in-person orientation. It is not a replacement for attending NSO. Ram Ready will give you a great online resource you can refer back to for information about the university and your requirements.

You may begin completing Ram Ready in May and are required to complete Ram Ready at least two days prior to your NSO date or your registration for NSO may be cancelled. You can access Ram Ready at

It's time to get ready to attend NSO! All students should know their V number, eID and password when they come to NSO. You can write these things down or save them in your phone to keep them handy. Please bring some type of photo identification with you in order to claim your VCUCard. You may also wish to bring any unofficial transcripts or test scores if you haven’t had a chance to submit them by the time your NSO date arrives.

First-year students staying overnight should pack one backpack or duffel bag (no suitcases please) containing whatever items you may need for sleeping, a change of clothes for day two, toiletries (shampoo, soap, etc.) and any items you may wish to wear to the gym (e.g. swimsuit, workout gear). Closed-toe shoes and t-shirts with sleeves are required for working out in the gym. Bedding, pillows and towels will be provided. You will be carrying this bag a considerable distance so pack lightly and make things easier on yourself by bringing a bag you can carry on your back or over your shoulder.

Make sure you have completed all of the items on the admissions checklist to ensure you are ready to start classes. Checklists for first-year, transfer and international students may be found at

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