Transfer checklist

Welcome, transfer students!

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:

The Certificate of Admissions specifies your name, your VCU ID number, entry semester, admission status, 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.

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 to activate your eID, 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 set up your VCU email account.

Pay your tuition deposit to let us know you'll be joining us at VCU! 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, request a tuition deposit waiver by submitting the Response form, along with appropriate supporting documentation.

Response deadline: May 1 if you were accepted to the university by April 1. If accepted after April 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.

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, the Office of 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.

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

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 March 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!

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.

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

Download Navigate, our student app - to get connected to things like making tutoring or academic advising appointments, or getting reminders about financial aid deadlines, registration dates, etc.

Attending Orientation is required for all new transfer students and you must make a reservation to attend. Your reservation is not complete until your online payment is received. Payments are nonrefundable. The length of your session is determined by the number of credits you are transferring in to VCU. You may have options to attend a half-day, full-day, or two-session. 

Registration closes one week prior to each orientation date and the earlier you sign up, the better choice you will have of dates to attend. Special sessions are available for military, international and out-of-state students. We also have specific sessions dedicated for students with disabilities and those participating in various VCU summer programs. Please contact to inquire about these special sessions and receive additional registration information.

Register for Orientation by visiting  

Once you’ve registered for Orientation, be sure to complete Ram Ready at least two days prior to your Orientation date or your registration may be cancelled. Ram Ready is a series of online modules that will help you learn more about VCU and will give you a great online resource you can refer back to for information about the university and your requirements. It is not a replacement for attending Orientation.

Programs for family members: Your family is invited and encouraged to attend Orientation. Special family and guest orientation programs review resources and services at VCU, highlight opportunities for family involvement and address the needs of both you and your family to have a successful transition. The family program is separate from the student program and provides opportunities for families to begin developing meaningful relationships with administrators and one another.

Several area hotels offer special rates during the summer for NSO families and guests. See for more information.

Once you have registered for orientation, use your Navigate app to schedule an appointment with your new academic advisor. During this appointment you will confirm your transferred credits, get registered for classes, be introduced to your Major Map, and set up a follow-up appointment where you will make your full graduation plan. For students unable to come to campus, this meeting can be held online or over the phone. This meeting must happen before attending NSO. Your schedule is not confirmed until you attend NSO.

VCU offers more than 800 courses during Summer Studies’ 11 different sessions, including online sessions. Consider taking a summer class to get a head start on your academic journey. Email for more information about enrolling in summer courses.

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Student ID’d, that is. Submit your VCUCard photo now in order to avoid waiting in a line at NSO to have your picture taken. And you can guarantee that you look your best! Visit the VCUCard Office website to get photo specifications and find out how to submit your photo. You will obtain your VCUCard during NSO by presenting a valid, government-issued photo ID.

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

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

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All the events and support geared to students make the transition to college easy and make people feel at home.

Aaron Varella
Class of 2019