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Undergraduate Admissions

For information on summer and fall orientation, registering for classes, advisors, transferring credits and more.

Enrollment and registration

What kind of summer orientation program do you have?

During VCU’s New Student Orientation program, you’ll meet with academic advisors 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.

Are students assigned advisors?

University Academic Advising provides academic advising to all first-year students with a declared major, as well as continuing students who are currently enrolled in foundation majors such as business and art. University Academic Advising also provides advising to all VCU students who are undeclared/undecided.

Students are assigned to a UAA advisor who specializes in their chosen major. These advisors work with faculty in each of the programs of study across Virginia Commonwealth University, and have the most accurate information to share with students.

After the first year advising is typically coordinated through the student’s major. UAA works with academic advisors in each of VCU’s colleges and schools to ensure a successful transition for all first-year students moving into academic advising by major.

Do you have a fall orientation program?

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!

I’m a new student. When do I register for classes?

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 advisors 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.

I’m a transfer student. How can I find out which of my credits will transfer to VCU?

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.

Can I just take a class at VCU?

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.

How many credits should I take each semester?

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.

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