For information on summer and fall orientation, registering for classes, advisers, transferring credits and more.
During VCU’s New Student Orientation program, you’ll meet with academic advisers and register for fall classes. The program not only preregisters you for classes, but it helps you to begin orienting to college life, college terminology and graduation requirements. It also gives you another chance to visit campus and meet our faculty and staff. There is a parallel program designed for members of your family.
Students are assigned a faculty adviser in their specific majors or departments and have the opportunity to discuss academic plans with an adviser at New Student Orientation. You should meet with your adviser each semester for help completing a class schedule. Advisers also can help you with academic problems and in locating internships. In many instances advisers can serve as mentors. It is your responsibility to work with your adviser to make sure that you’re making progress toward a degree (the required courses are being taken). How involved advisers become depends on you!
Welcome Week is our fall orientation program. This program will show you how important a part you are to the VCU community. Many activities are planned throughout the week, such as a student picnic sponsored by the Greek organizations, a pool event at the MCV Campus Recreation and Aquatic Center, Casino Night, outdoor adventure programs and much more. There are also sessions dealing with health issues, campus safety and getting the most out of the library. And you’ll have the chance to go on a guided tour with an orientation leader, so you can locate all of your classrooms before the first day!
You will register for your classes — as well as meet with an adviser — at your New Student Orientation program in June and July or in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester. During orientation, you will take a series of required placement tests, meet with academic advisers and register for fall classes. The program is designed not only to preregister you, but to begin orienting you to college life, college terminology and graduation requirements. New Student Orientation also gives you another chance to visit campus and meet our faculty and staff. There is a parallel program designed for members of your family.
When you meet with an adviser you will find out what transferred to VCU. To find out who your adviser is, contact the department, school or college into which you were accepted.
Yes, you will be considered a nondegree-seeking student and will need to go to the Student Services Center in Grace E. Harris Hall, located at 1015 Floyd Ave., to register for the class. If you would like to speak to an adviser about what class to take, call the special student advising office at (804) 827-8648 to set up an appointment.
While 12 credits per semester are required to be enrolled full-time at VCU, it is strongly encouraged that students take 15 credits per semester in order to graduate within four years. Completing 15 credits each semester will save an estimated $54,000 (based on a 120-credit hour program with standard tuition and fees, books/supplies, room, board, miscellaneous and transportation expenses over a four-year period) by graduating in four years instead of six.