Incoming first year students

More information about Spring 2021 Orientation will be available soon! Please check back.

Welcome to Virginia Commonwealth University!

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. 

Orientation for Spring 2021 will be held VIRTUALLY and includes two components:

  • Ram Ready Online Modules, a series of online modules to complete at your own pace;
  • a virtual meeting with VCU staff and student Orientation Leaders.

Ram Ready Online Modules

After registering, you will receive immediate access to Ram Ready, our online modules providing information you need to successfully start the semester. Modules should be completed in order at the pace of each individual. Ram Ready modules are available 24 hours a day from now until the end of the summer. We encourage you to complete the modules as soon as possible. The modules include information about connecting with your academic advisor to finalize your class schedule if you haven't already.

Module 1: Welcome to VCU (Introduction to Orientation, VCU Overview, Technology)

Module 2: Take Care of Business (Housing, Dining, Textbooks, Software, Transportation, Immunizations, Transcripts)

Module 3: College Financing (Financial Aid, Student Accounting, Student Privacy)

Module 4: Academic Success (Major Maps, Accessibility, Academic Support, Academic Overviews, Advising)

Module 5: Career Pathways (REAL, Career, Work-Study, Mentoring, Alumni, Research, Education Abroad)

Module 6: Get Involved (Diversity and Inclusion, Student Organizations, Peer Leadership, Student Media)

Module 7: Be Well (The Well, Student Health, Counseling, Recreational Sports)

Module 8: Find Resources (Safety, Advocacy, Title IX, Campus Resources)

Module 9: Make it REAL (Expectations, Free Speech, Preparing for Arrival, VCUCard, Richmond)

Virtual Meeting

When you complete registration for your Orientation, you will schedule a virtual meeting that will be lead by VCU staff and student Orientation Leaders. At this meeting you will hear from campus partners, have the opportunity to ask any questions you have, and meet with a small group of other incoming students. This gives you an opportunity to get to know other new Rams and have your final questions answered before the semester starts.

You will access the meeting virtually via Zoom using a platform called RamsConnect. You will receive details on how to log into RamsConnect and access your meeting link during the week of your scheduled meeting. We can't wait to meet you!

Registration for Spring 2021 Orientation will open later this semester! Once you register you will receive all the details you need to complete virtual Orientation and prepare to start classes in January.

To gain access to the Orientation modules and virtual events, you must register and pay your orientation fee. A $100 nonrefundable fee covers all Orientation software, materials and staffing in addition to programs and services designed to support new students in their first year. The secure payment system accepts all major credit and debit cards. We are unable to accept payments in the form of cash or check.

 Your reservation is not complete until your online payment is received. Payments are nonrefundable and cannot be waived.

Families and guests 

We have a special online Orientation program just for families. If family members would like to gain access to this virtual Orientation resource and receive information about virtual opportunities just for families, students should register them as a guest in the registration system. For summer 2020, we are waiving all fees for families and guests of students starting classes in Fall 2020.

We encourage family members and guests to participate in the online orientation and events for families. As important partners in your student’s success, we have designed an orientation program just for you. To get more information about accessing the online Family Orientation, please make sure your student has added you as a guest to their orientation reservation.

Transfer and adult learner students

We understand you may be coming from a very different experience at another institution and have created content especially for you to learn how to have a successful transition to VCU. The transfer student online experience will have information specific to being a transfer student as well as general information about how things work at VCU. You will also have opportunities to connect with other incoming transfer students!

This summer, we are hosting several Kick-Off Meetings specifically for students ages 25+ to help you connect with other adult learners as you begin your journey at VCU. Look out for these sessions when you complete your online registration.

Veteran students 

If you are serving or have served in the military, there is online Orientation content specifically for veteran students to learn about resources and opportunities specific to you as well as how to apply your military benefits. We will also host a special Kick-Off Meeting for military-connected students. Look out for this session when you complete your online registration to connect with other active duty, veteran and military-connected students starting at VCU.

Fall semester: For Summer 2020, Orientation will take place online for all students. Traditionally, Orientation is a two-day summer program with an overnight stay for first-year students. Transfer students attend for one day. 

When you register for orientation, you will choose a date and time for your virtual Orientation meeting and get more information about accessing Ram Ready Online. Please note: the only remaining date for virtual Orientation meetings is August 13. First-year students will have their meeting from 3-5 p.m. and transfer students will have their meeting from 5-7 p.m.

All Ram Ready modules have now been released and take approximately 4-5 hours to complete in total.

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