How to Register for New Student Orientation

Orientation is the time for you to meet other students in your major, schedule classes, and pick up your VCU ID! Don’t put orientation off to the last minute, it is a first come first serve basis on classes! To ensure you get the times and classes you want, come to the earliest orientation you can attend.

Before you register for New Student Orientation, you must accept your VCU admissions offer. You have until May 1 to accept the offer.

Once you are ready to register for NSO, check the NSO checklist. Following the checklist will allow students to register and prepare for orientation making the registration process smooth.

The checklist will guide students to take any necessary placement tests, prepare them to register for courses, get any accommodations prepared (such as hotels), etc.

Accept your offer and get ready to become a ram!

Do you know where to go for Preview Day?

Heading to campus for Preview Day and not sure where to go? Don’t worry, all of our faculty, staff and students are here to help you navigate through the day!

Check-in locations are located in multiple locations across campus and divided by school/college. There are also a number of parking options that are centrally located to all of our check-in locations.

School of the Arts
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
922 Park Avenue
Guests going to the Singleton Center should park in the W. Broad Street Parking Deck, located at 1111 W. Broad Street.

School of Business
Snead Hall, Atrium
301 West Main Street
Guests going to Snead Hall should park in the Jefferson Street Deck, located at 100 S. Jefferson Street.

School of Engineering
School of Engineering East Hall, Atrium
401 West Main Street
Guests going to East Hall should park in the Jefferson Street Deck, located at 100 S. Jefferson Street.

School of Education, College of Humanities and Sciences, and VCU Life Sciences
Altria Theater
6 North Laurel Street
Guests going to the Altria Theater should park in the W. Main Street Deck, located at 801 W. Main Street.

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and School of Social Work
Academic Learning Commons, Lobby
1000 Floyd Avenue
Guests going to the Academic Learning Commons should park in the W. Main Street Deck, located at 801 W. Main Street.

If you have any questions throughout the day, look for any of our staff members with black and gold “Ask Me” buttons or our Student Admissions Ambassadors and we’ll be happy to help you. We look forward to seeing more of #VCU22 and our new transfer students on campus soon!

Waitlist – Frequently Asked Questions

If you have been waitlisted for admission to VCU and have some questions about your status, here is some information that you may find helpful.

Q: What is my rank on VCU’s waitlist? Is there a way to tell where I am on the waitlist?
A: VCU’s waitlist is not ranked.

Q: What are my chances of getting off the waitlist? How quickly does VCU move through the waiting list?
A: Each year is different depending on the number of spaces we have available.

Q: Why was I put on the waitlist? What does it mean?
A: VCU received over 18,000 applications for the incoming freshman of the fall 2018 semester. The waiting list was determined based on the academic competitiveness of the applicant pool.

Q: When will I hear whether I have been moved off of the waitlist or been admitted?
A: Applicants who have notified VCU in writing of their wish to remain on the waitlist will receive word of their admission by June 1st. Depending on space available, you may hear back from us sooner.

Q: May I submit additional material for review of my admission?
A: You may submit additional academic material including updated transcripts and test scores. This academic information may be sent to our admissions office at Box 842526, Richmond, VA 23284-2526.

IMPORTANT: Applicants who wish to remain on VCU’s waiting list must notify the Office of Admissions of this by emailing by May 1st. Please include your full name, address and birth date in your email so that we can identify your application. If we do not hear from you by May 1st, your name will be removed from the waiting list and you will no longer be considered for admission for the fall 2018 semester.

If you have any other questions about the waiting list, please contact us at, or call (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638 and ask to speak with an admissions counselor.

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2018-2019 Housing Application

The 2018-2019 Housing Application opens on April 3rd at 4 p.m.!

Room assignments are made based on the date that the online housing application is completed, not according to the date that the student was accepted to VCU. Also, the sooner you complete the online housing application, the better the chances that you housing preferences will be honored. We recommend that you complete your housing application as soon as possible!

Make sure you are all set to apply by following these steps:

  1. Get accepted to VCU.
  2. You must accept your offer of admission to VCU before you can apply for housing. Accept your offer by submitting your tuition deposit online.
  3. Review your choices for on-campus housing. There are certain halls for freshmen and certain halls for upperclassmen, so be sure to browse your housing options according to your student status. Hall choices can be found here. Please visit 2018-2019 Freshman rates or 2018-2019 Upperclassmen rates for cost information.
  4. Open and complete your housing application. You will enter some personal information as well select your top housing preferences.
  5. Submit the nonrefundable $250 housing deposit to complete your application.
  6. Review your application status by checking your VCU email for a confirmation message.
  7. You must register for Fall 2018 or for a Summer Orientation in order to be eligible to receive a housing assignment.

Roommate Information

There are 3 ways to find a roommate.
1. the Housing Application – The Housing Application allows you to search for roommates based on their name or profile. You can also browse matches provided to you by the system based on questions you have answered in your profile. Roommate requests must be mutual, meaning you and your roommate must both agree to live together. Students wishing to live in a triple with two other roommates may contact . Roommate requests are not guaranteed but will be honored in most cases.
2. RoomSync – RoomSync is a platform that allows students to search for roommates using Facebook. Creating a RoomSync account allows you to fill out a social profile and match with people based on their interests and lifestyle preferences. To use RoomSync, click the link on the roommate page in the Housing Application.
3. Random Selection – Incoming students do not have to select a roommate! A student will receive a roommate selection if they do not choose one themselves. This is common for students who want to meet new people during their first year on campus.

Living-Learning Communities
Students have the option to apply to a Living-Learning Community. These programs allow students to live with other students who share similar lifestyles, goals and extracurricular interests. More information about LLCs and how to apply can be found here.

Meal Plans
Students living in Brandt, Gladding Residence Center, Gladding Residence Center III, Honors, Johnson and Rhoads are required to have a dining plan. A list of dining plans can be found at The other housing options have kitchens, and the purchase of a dining plan is optional.

Upperclassmen are permitted to have cars on campus, but freshmen are not. Click here for the full Freshmen Car Policy.

To cancel your housing assignment without penalty, please submit a written request to VCU Housing within 5 business days after the assignment is made.\

For ALL information regarding VCU Housing, including Move-In, Amenities, and FAQs, please visit

If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below and we will get back to you!

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What to Do After You’ve Been Admitted to VCU

Congratulations on your acceptance to VCU! Here are some helpful tips on what you should do next:

  • Accept our offer of admission. You have until May 1 to respond to our offer.
  • RSVP to Preview Day! Preview day is a great chance for you to meet other people who have been accepted, learn about the campus, and get your questions answered. Our next Preview Day is coming up on April 7.
  • Prepare to register for New Student Orientation. Orientation is the time for you to meet other students in your major, schedule classes, and pick up your VCU ID! Don’t put orientation off to the last minute, it is a first come first serve basis on classes! To ensure you get the times and classes you want, come to the earliest orientation you can attend.
  • Set up your VCU email and myVCU account. These let you keep in touch with events happening on campus, as well as let people contact you via your VCU email.
  • Take time to apply for scholarship and grants. College is expensive, get all the financial aid help you can!

Do you have more questions? Visit VCU’s Admissions page for accepted students here:

VCU Class Registration Master Guide

It’s the time of year to begin registering for your Fall 2018 courses. If you’ve been newly admitted to VCU, there may be a looming sense of confusion over registration, and we’re here to help you.

Registration for Fall 2018 starts in March and lasts through the add/drop period during the first week of classes. If you attended or plan on attending a New Student Orientation, there will be a group advising session depending on your major. You can register for a New Student Orientation by clicking here. Advisors will be available during this time to assist you with class registration.

However, if you would like to change your schedule after this advising session or were not able to attend, you can log in to eServices yourself! To log in to eServices, you need your eID and password. Visit the eID finder if you are unsure of your eID.

The schedule of all courses for Fall 2018 can be found here.

The undergraduate class bulletin for the 2018-2019 year can be found here. You will use the bulletin to locate your school, major and 4-year plan of study, and list of courses required for your degree. Please note that if you were admitted for a school year other than 2018-2019, you will need to refer to the bulletin that corresponds to your admittance year. Bulletins from previous years can be found here. The bulletin also includes information about tuition, financial aid, the core curriculum and admission into certain programs.

Prior to registration, check for any preventative holds on your account. Holds can be viewed by clicking Student > Student Records > View Holds. We also recommend that you contact your advisor to find out what courses you should register for, before trying to do it on your own. Click here to view how to find out who your advisor is.

You will be able to register for courses on and after a certain date depending on the number of credits you have earned. To determine how many credits you have earned, log on to eServices and view earned hours located under “Transcript totals (undergraduate) earned hours/overall.”

Registration begins at 8 a.m. on the following dates:

Honors students: Mar 27
Veteran and active duty students: Mar 29
Graduate students and certificate seekers: Apr 2
Nondegree-seeking students: Apr 25

Registration dates for undergraduate students based on earned hours:

106+: Apr 3
91-105: Apr 5
76-90: Apr 9
61-75: Apr 10
46-60: Apr 12
31-45: Apr 16
15-30: Apr 19
0-14: Apr 23

On and after your designated registration day, you will be able to register for courses by clicking Student > Registration > Look Up Classes > Fall 2018. You will then select a Subject, and then “View Sections” of the course number in each subject. You will choose a subject depending on which courses are required for your degree, which again are found in the Bulletin. You will be able to register for the class by clicking the box under “Select”.

Some sections will have certain attributes listed, such as Online or Honors, that you can only register for if you meet these attributes. Some courses will have prerequisite courses which you must have taken before you can register for the course. Classes with corequisites may require a certain class be taken alongside your selected class.

CRN stands for Course Reference Number. This is the 5-digit identifying number of not just your class title but also the days and times it is held. Your CRNs should be recorded somewhere so you know exactly what you have registered for. Next to the CRN are the Subject, Course, Section, Campus, and Number of Credits. It is recommended that for full-time students working towards a 4-year degree, you register for about 15 credits per semester.

Textbook information will likely be shared by professors by email closer to the beginning of the semester, but you can also look up textbook requirements on bookseller sites prior to the start of the semester.

If you try to register for a course that is closed but is required for your degree, an override may be available for time conflicts, full classes, and other major restrictions. Overrides can be obtained from the course department chair.

For even more information about course registration, including withdrawals, overloads and medical leave, please visit the Records and Registration website.

If you have any questions, please comment down below and we will get back to you!

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