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VCU has many tools to help you create your own personalized academic success plan, to ensure that you graduate on time and on budget. This video will introduce you to the tools you will use most frequently as you plan out your academic program, register for classes, and prepare to start your semester off strong. Detailed instructions and how-to guides are included below.


Navigate helps students get connected to the people, places, and resources that will help them make the most of their time at VCU. You should plan (and some majors will require you) to meet with your academic advisor every semester to review your goals and graduation plan. Students can access Navigate two ways, via the portal, or the Navigate Mobile App. We highly recommend that students download the Navigate mobile app in order to have access to the most features and to receive push notifications of important deadlines and messages.

Major selection and degree planning

To graduate on time, you’ve got to make a plan. Your curriculum will be made up of core courses, electives and general education classes. These tools will help you first identify the majors at VCU that align with your career and professional goals, and then will help you graduate on time by creating a step-by-step roadmap to your success.

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Using Navigate to set up an appointment

Accessing your courses online

VCU supports a learning management system called Canvas. You can access Canvas from your portal, in the General Resources section of your student tab, or via the VCU Mobile application.

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access both Canvas and Blackboard from the vcu mobile app [View Image]

Tutorial: How to access your online courses in Canvas

Managing Your Student Tab on eServices

Course registration:

Student record:

Academic transcripts:


Visit for tips on how to make the most of each part of your semester.

Contact us

For questions about locating your advisor, contact VCU Advising at (804) 827-8648 or

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