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VCU Orientation

New Student and Family Programs

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Transfer and adult learner students

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Transfer students and adult learners (students age 25+) must complete online Orientation. Transfer students are those that have attended at least one semester at another college or university and are transferring credits to VCU. While we know you have been in college before, we want to ensure you understand how things work at VCU. Whether you are transferring from a two-year school, another four-year school, from in-state or out-of-state, or returning from some time away, we are excited to welcome you to the RAMily!

If you haven't already, please review the Transfer Student Checklist for more details on the need-to-know information to prepare for Orientation and your first semester at VCU!

Advising and course placement

Advising and registration takes place in tandem with your Orientation. Once you have registered for Orientation, you will receive more details on how to schedule a virtual advising appointment and the course registration process. Advising and registration varies by your student type (first-year or transfer) and your academic college/unit. Expan the options for more details based on your student type and the semester you are enrolling.

For more information on general Academic Advising, visit VCU Advising.

Course Placement Options:

VCU determines your entry-level math, chemistry and foreign language courses based on your academic background. You’ll discuss placement with your academic advisor during your orientation advising session. Most first-year students are required to complete the Math placement, and may also need to complete others based on your major. Transfer stuents are encouraged to complete the math placement. Review the information below for more details.

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