Check your offer of admission to see the degree program you're accepted into at VCU. If you wish to change your degree program, send your written request (including your full name and V-number) via email to It takes at least 48 business hours for this change to be processed. Wait until your change is processed to sign up for NSO because you will select an orientation session based on your program.

Before you can sign up to attend NSO, you will need to accept your offer of admission and pay your tuition deposit. Instructions for how to do this can be found on the Office of Admissions website.

You must obtain your eID before you can make a reservation to attend New Student Orientation, apply for housing or access your VCU email account. To get your VCU eID, visit You can set up your VCU email account at

New Student Orientations for Fall 2018 have now ended. If you have not attended NSO or met with an advisor yet, you should contact your academic department to schedule an appointment with an advisor to get your courses. For instructions on how to find your advisor, visit: Next, you must complete Ram Ready Online Orientation. You can access this at and login with eID and password. NSO registration for students admitted for Spring 2019 will open in late October.

Attending NSO is required for all new first-year and transfer students and you must make a reservation to attend. Your reservation is not complete until your online payment is received. Payments are nonrefundable.

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. Please contact to inquire about these special sessions and receive additional registration information.

First-year students must take the math placement test before registering for NSO. You can access the test at

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 the equivalent to MATH-141 Algebra with Applications (college algebra) at VCU.


First-year students will be pre-registered for their fall coursework prior to NSO. First-year students must complete the course registration survey at Before taking the survey, you must have taken your math placement test. An academic advisor will use your responses to the survey to create your class schedule, which you will review at NSO. Your schedule is not confirmed until you attend NSO.

Transfer students may begin registering for courses when your registration period begins. Your registration date is determined by your earned credit hours. For information and instructions see You will review the courses you registered for with an academic advisor at NSO. Your schedule is not confirmed until you attend NSO.

Parents, family members and guests are encouraged to attend family orientation, which takes place during NSO. On-campus overnight accommodations are not provided. Hotel accommodations for guests planning to stay overnight in Richmond, Va. can be found at

Submitting your photo now will keep you from having to wait in a line at NSO to have your picture taken. And you can guarantee that you look your best! To get photo specifications and find out how to submit your photo, visit

The Fall 2018 on-campus housing application for new students will open on April 3, 2018. If you plan to live on campus, apply for housing starting at 4 p.m. on April 3 at

Room assignments are made based on the date the housing application is completed, not according to the date you were accepted to VCU. You must be registered for NSO to receive a housing assignment. If you plan to live off campus, visit for assistance in finding an apartment near campus.

Check your VCU email account for award information, required documents to complete your file and additional information. You will have the opportunity to speak with a financial aid counselor during NSO if you have any questions about your award information.

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

All incoming students are required to complete Ram Ready, a series of online modules that will help you learn more about VCU and reduce the number of presentations you have to sit through at your in-person orientation. It is not a replacement for attending NSO. Ram Ready will give you a great online resource you can refer back to for information about the university and your requirements.

You may begin completing Ram Ready in May and are required to complete Ram Ready at least two days prior to your NSO date or your registration for NSO may be cancelled. You can access Ram Ready at

First-year students with incoming transfer credits from AP, IB or dual enrollment coursework should submit or request score reports and/or official college transcripts and send them to the VCU Transfer Center, Box 842532, Richmond, VA 23284-2532.

Transfer students should request that final, official transcripts from your previous institution be sent to the VCU Office of Admissions, Box 842526, Richmond, VA 23284-2526. Review information on the transferability of credits using the course equivalency tables at

Complete your Certificate of Immunization and upload supporting documentation to University Student Health Services. To see instructions and upload your documents, visit the University Student Health Services website at

It's time to get ready to attend NSO! All students should know their V number, eID and password when they come to NSO. You can write these things down or save them in your phone to keep them handy. Please bring some type of photo identification with you in order to claim your VCUCard. You may also wish to bring any unofficial transcripts or test scores if you haven’t had a chance to submit them by the time your NSO date arrives.

First-year students staying overnight should pack one backpack or duffel bag (no suitcases please) containing whatever items you may need for sleeping, a change of clothes for day two, toiletries (shampoo, soap, etc.) and any items you may wish to wear to the gym (e.g. swimsuit, workout gear). Closed-toe shoes and t-shirts with sleeves are required for working out in the gym. Bedding, pillows and towels will be provided. You will be carrying this bag a considerable distance so pack lightly and make things easier on yourself by bringing a bag you can carry on your back or over your shoulder.

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