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New student orientation

The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association sponsors an orientation to introduce new graduate students to VCU and the city of Richmond. Departments also conduct individual orientation sessions with representatives available to talk with students and answer questions.

For a collection of the resources and services available to VCU graduate students, view our New Graduate Student RAM Guide.

Graduate School Orientation

New Graduate Student Orientation was held on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. You can view the slide deck from the formal presentation here: 2021 Graduate Student Orientation Slide Deck.


 


Fall 2021 Departmental Orientation Sessions

Schools and departments are currently scheduling fall 2021 orientations. Check back for updates as sessions are added.

College of Engineering 

Engineering New Student Orientation
Friday, August 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: West Hall, Room 101 and Online via Zoom
Contact: Lori Floyd-Miller

Biomedical Engineering
Friday, August 20, 2021
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: ERB-3308 

Chemical and Life Science Engineering
Friday, August 20, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: West Hall, Room 401 

Computer Science
TBA 

Electrical and Chemical Engineering
Friday, August 20, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m.
 

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
TBA

Pharmaceutical Engineering
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: School of Pharmacy Smith Building, Room 216 ( 410 N. 12th St.)
Contact: Walker Henley

 

College of Health Professions 
 
Clinical Laboratory Sciences - MS
Friday, August 20, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: College of Health Professions Building, Room 1075
Contact: Teresa Nadder 
 
Health Administration - MHA
Monday, August 16, 2021 - Saturday, August 21, 2021
Location: College Of Health Professions Building, 900 E. Leigh St
Contact: Cameron Parkins 

 

College of Humanities and Sciences 

Chemistry
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - Monday, August 16, 2021
Location: Oliver Hall, Room 1024
Contact: Rhea Miller

English/Creative Writing
Tuesday, Wednesday 18, 2021 - Friday, August 20, 2021
Location: Hibbs Hall and on ZOOM (check with Department for meeting links)
Contact: Thom Didato

History
Monday, August 23, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Contact: Emilie Raymond 

Mathematics
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – Friday, August 20, 2021
Location: Harris Hall & the Math Exchange
Contact: Erica Miller

Media, Art, and Text
Tuesday, Wednesday 18, 2021 - Thursday, August 19, 2021
Location: ZOOM (check with program for meeting links)
Contact: Oliver Speck
 

Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time: Online orientation at 12:00 p.m. and in-person social at 5:00 p.m.
ZOOM: https://vcu.zoom.us/j/6684061425
Location: TBD (in-person social)
Contact: Karen McIntyre

da Vinci Center 
 
Master of Product Innovation 
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
ZOOM: TBD
 
Meet & Greet
Friday, August 20, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Location: SHIFT Retail Lab
 

School of Business 

VCU Brandcenter
Friday, August 20, 2021
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: Ashley Sommardah

Center for Sports Leadership
Monday, August 23, 2021
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Sports Medicine Building Parlors (1300 W. Broad St.)

Decision Analytics - Professional Track
Contact: Rachel Kaeser
 
Evening MBA and Evening Specialized Master's Programs
Thursday, August 19m 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Snead Hall Atrium
Contact: Austen Gouldman
 
Executive MBA
Contact: Brittany Gracik
 
Online MBA
Residency I
Friday, August 27, 2021, and Saturday, August 28, 2021
Location: Snead Hall
Contact: Robert Clarkson
 

School of Dentistry

Masters Programs
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Oonagh Loughran

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - Friday, August 20, 2021
Location: School of Dentistry
Contact: Oonagh Loughran

Doctoral Program
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - Friday, August 20, 2021
Location: School of Dentistry
Contact: Oonagh Loughran 

School of Education 

Doctoral Programs
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Zoom: TBA 

Masters Programs
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Zoom: TBA

School of Nursing 

Masters and Doctoral Orientation
Monday, August 23, 2021 
Time: TBD
Location: Sadie Health Cabaniss Hall (1100 E. Leigh St.)
Contact: sonoss@vcu.edu
 
Nursing Doctoral Program Immersions
Tuesday, August 24, 2021, & Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Sadie Heath Cabaniss Hall (1100 E. Leigh St.)
Contact: Fonda Neal
 

School of Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Engineering
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Smith Building, Room 216 (410 N. 12th St.)
Contact: Walker Henley
 

School of Social Work

On-Campus MSW Program Format
Friday, August 20, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Academic Learning Commons (MCALC), First Floor (1000 Floyd Ave.)
Contact: Sarah Burton-Everette

Ph.D. Programs
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Academic Learning Commons (MCALC), Room 3211
Contact: Leslie Aitken
 

Wilder School

Masters and Doctoral Orientation
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Jill Scharling

 

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