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VCU Orientation

New Student and Family Programs

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Welcome to VCU

Are you Ram Ready?

Orientation is required for first-year students, transfer and adult learner students, international students and students who are returning to VCU after being away for more than three years. Parents and family members are welcome and encouraged to participate. Think of it as your formal introduction to VCU. 

For students admitted for Fall 2021, Orientation will be virtual and will take place over the summer. Registration for Orientation is required.

Please review the Accepted Student Checklists to complete other items on the list to help you prepare for Orientation registration.

Ram Ready Orientation

Ram Ready Orientation for Fall 2021 will be virtual and will begin in mid-June. The virtual program will have several components including the completion of Ram Ready Online Modules, virtual Orientation and academic meetings, and virtual engagement events throughout the summer. The university is also exploring the possibility for limited and optional in-person events later in the summer if university and state guidelines allow.

Ram Ready Modules

After registering for Orientation, you will receive information on how to access Ram Ready once it has opened in mid-June. These online modules cover all the basics and provide the information you need to successfully start the semester. Modules should be completed in order at the pace of each individual. Modules are tailored to the you based on your student status (First-Year, Transfer, International, or Student Veteran) and there is a special Family version of the modules available with bonus content specific to new VCU families. For more details on launch dates and module topics covered in Ram Ready, visit the Schedules and Details page.

Virtual Orientation and Academic Meetings

Your Ram Ready Orientation will also include several required meetings that you will scheduled throughout the summer. These meetings will include a meeting with an Orientation Leader and other new students, meetings with your school or college and your academic advising appointments, and a meeting with Student Financial Services. There will also be several opportunities to attend Q&A's and live webinars with campus departments to help answer your questions and get you connected to VCU's campus.


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