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Welcome to the RAMily! Orientation for students admitted for fall 2020 will take place online over the course of the summer.  

Welcome to Virginia Commonwealth University!

We are excited to welcome you to the #RAMily through this new virtual experience! 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.

Virtual Orientation Has Two Components: 

1) *Ram Ready Online*: Modules will be released throughout the summer for you to complete at your own pace. The first set of modules will be released on *June 15, 2020*. At this time, you will be able to log in to Ram Ready with your VCU eID and password and select the appropriate track based on your student status (e.g. First-Year, Transfer, International or Veteran). Please know that Ram Ready modules are available 24 hours a day from now until the end of the summer (although we recommend completing the first three before the next set of modules releases on June 29). They were specifically designed to allow for flexibility within your schedule. Please note: student zoom sessions are only for students and you do not need to log on at the same time as your student to access family and guest content.

2) *Virtual Orientation Meetings and Events*: Throughout the summer, you will have three required virtual meetings, one with your advisor and two with your orientation leader. You will also have the opportunity to participate in other virtual events to connect you with other students and learn more about campus resources. Your Orientation Leader will also be available weekly at the time you select to answer questions you may have and keep you connected with other new students. These events will be hosted primarily through RamsConnect and will launch the week of June 15, 2020.

  • The next round of Orientation Student Meetings will begin the week of June 29, 2020. To view available dates and times, you can begin your Orientation registration.
  • We will continue to open new Orientation meeting times throughout the summer as needed.


All first-year, transfer and adult learner students are required to complete the online orientation program. Students will register and select a date to have their first virtual meeting with an Orientation Leader. In this meeting, students will learn how to complete Orientation and be introduced to other new students who will become part of their Orientation team for the summer.

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 initial virtual Orientation meeting and get more information about accessing Ram Ready Online. The initial meetings and modules will launch the week of June 15, 2020. At your first Orientation meeting, you will:

  • Virtually meet your Orientation Leader for and other new students;

  • Get an overview of Ram Ready Online and other virtual orientation events;

  • Ask any questions you may have about virtual Orientation or becoming a VCU student.

Ram Ready Online modules will be released throughout the summer. The first set of modules will be released the week of June 15, 2020. Subsequent modules will be released every 2-3 weeks. Students should anticipate modules to take up to one hour to complete and virtual meetings will last up to one hour.

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