Transfer checklist

Welcome, transfer students!

We can't wait to have you as a part of our RAMily!

Congrats on your acceptance to VCU! We can’t wait to meet you. To help you get started, review our handy-dandy checklist for all the need-to-know info about how to accept your offer of admission and prepare for enrollment at VCU:

By logging in to the VCU Application Portal you will be able to view your admission status, your VCU ID number, entry semester, degree program, residency status and any admission conditions. Review all admission information for accuracy and notify the VCU Office of Admissions of any inaccuracies or questions.

Please refer to the checklist on your portal to determine if there are any other documents, including final transcripts, that the Office of Admissions requires before enrollment. Refer to Step 6: Make it final.

If you were classified as a non-Virginia resident for tuition purposes and believe that this classification is inaccurate, you may request that your status be re-evaluated prior to Aug. 1 for fall or Dec. 1 for spring by contacting your application processor.

Your eID is your key to everything VCU! Visit VCU my eID and click on "Claim my eID" to activate your eID and set up your account, which authorizes use of VCU’s electronic services. It lets you do things like:

Note: You must obtain your eID before you can make a reservation to attend Orientation, apply for housing or access your VCU email account.

Visit your accepted student portal to complete your VCU response form. After you have completed the form you may pay your tuition deposit to let us know you'll be joining us at VCU! Both your response form and tuition deposit must be received in order for your account to reflect that you have accepted the offer of admission.

Reserve your space in the upcoming class by submitting the following nonrefundable tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions:

  • School of the Arts undergraduate program: $300
  • All other undergraduate programs: $100

If you’re receiving a scholarship or financial aid, you may request a tuition deposit waiver on the response form. Visit your accepted student portal for more information and a link to the form.

Response deadlines: 

Spring admits - Respond within two weeks after your acceptance.

Fall admits - June 1 if you were accepted to the university by May 1. If accepted after May 1, respond within two weeks after your acceptance.

Note: You must pay your deposit before signing up for Orientation, applying for on-campus housing or registering for classes.

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 equivalent to MATH-141 Algebra with Applications (college algebra) at VCU. You can access the math placement test at

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 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.

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

We want to get to know all about you! Transfer students must complete the VCU Registration Form below. This important information will be used by your new academic advisor during your first advising appointment. 

VCU Advising Registration Survey - Fall 2022

We’ll need your final transcripts to seal the deal! If VCU has not received your final transcripts from all of your previous institutions before classes begin, VCU Financial Aid will not be able to disburse any of your awarded funds. Request that your college registrar’s office send your final college transcripts to the VCU Office of Admissions as soon as possible before classes start. Check the academic calendar to verify when classes start for the semester in which you'll be enrolling.

Your college can send transcripts in one of the following methods:

  • Official transcripts can be submitted through a secured electronic system, such as Parchment Exchange or National Clearinghouse, directly to the VCU Office of Admissions.
  • Via U.S. postal mail to:

Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of Admissions
Box 842526
Richmond, VA 23284

Please be sure your transcripts include final grades through the spring or fall term immediately prior to your enrollment.

Note: VCU reserves the right to revoke your admission acceptance if your final transcript indicates that you do not meet the criteria for acceptance.

During Orientation you’ll learn about all the resources and services available to new students. 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 attend. Think of it as your formal introduction to VCU. For more information and registration details, visit the VCU Orientation website.

If you have questions about Orientation, please contact

Download Navigate, our student app, where you will make academic advising, financial counseling or tutoring appointments, and also get timely reminders about financial aid deadlines, registration dates, etc. Please note that you can download Navigate three business days after VCU processes your tuition deposit.

Incoming transfer students should make an appointment with their academic advisor  in Navigate prior to attending Orientation. To prepare for your appointment, please make sure to:

  • Complete your Advising Registration Survey. (See the "Prepare to register for courses" step for the link to the survey.)

  • Use Degree Works to see how your transfer, AP and IB credits apply towards your degree and contact the VCU Transfer Center if you have any questions.

  • Review your Major Map, which has links to a suggested plan of study, as well as links to clubs and organizations that you might be interested in joining.

  • Make a list of the classes you think you should take, and see what courses are available on the Schedule of Classes.

  • Learn how to register for classes at VCU, and then register for some or all of your classes.

  • Write down any questions you have and bring your schedule to your advising appointment.

For your convenience, this advising meeting will be held online or over the phone. During this appointment you will confirm your transferred credits, finish registering for classes, be introduced to your Major Map, and even set up your first follow-up appointment where you will make your full graduation plan. This meeting must happen before completing Orientation, where your schedule will be confirmed and finalized.

Check into programs and resources that help make college more affordable.

  • If you haven’t already, apply for financial aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the February 1 priority filing date. You can submit your FASFA as early as Oct. 1.
  • If you miss the priority deadline, you should still apply because you may still be eligible for some types of assistance.
  • Check your new VCU email account for award information, required documents to complete your file and additional information.
  • Send in scholarships, billing and authorizations.

Get immunized and keep yourself healthy and happy!

As an incoming VCU student, there are several ways in which you can get a head start on your VCU education:

Students who are admitted for the spring semester are eligible to enroll in Intersession or J-Term classes.

Students who are admitted for the fall semester are eligible to enroll in Summer Studies courses. 

Email VCU Summer Studies and Special Programs at for more information about each of these opportunities.

VCUCard-ed, that is. As an incoming student, you must submit your VCUCard photo online before your scheduled Orientation. But don't worry, it's super easy to do! An email with instructions and a link to submit your photo will be sent to your official VCU email when you register for Orientation. You can also visit the VCUCard website to learn more about photo requirements and specifications.

Find on- and off-campus housing that best fits your needs.

Sign up to receive text message alerts on your cell phone notifying you of campus emergencies.

Share the good news with your friends and family by using the hashtag #VCURamily in your social media posts.

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Aaron Varella
Class of 2019