Newly admitted students

Congratulations, and welcome to VCU Graduate School!

Once you've received your offer of admission, please refer to the graduate student checklist for a list of important next steps.  

You'll also want to connect with us on social media for the latest news, announcements, and special events for VCU graduate students.

New student orientation

The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association sponsor an orientation to introduce new graduate students to VCU and the city of Richmond. Departments also conduct individual orientation sessions with representatives available to talk with students and answer questions. 

New Graduate Student Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Check-in will begin at 8:45 a.m. and conclude at 9:45 a.m.
The formal presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m.
GradFest will be held in Cabell Library, Room 303 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Newly admitted students can register for the event using Rams Connect.

Departmental orientation sessions

Schools and departments are currently scheduling fall 2022 orientations. 

Center for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Sciences

Pharmaceutical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Friday, August 19, 2022
Smith Building, Room 446 (410 N. 12th St.)
Contact: pharmeng@vcu.edu

College of Health Professions

Summer Orientation 
Friday, June 10, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
College of Health Professions, Room 1050 (900 E. Leigh St.)
Zoom: If unable to attend in-person, please contact Chelsea Gary 
Canvas Orientation Course: All students should complete prior to. 

Fall Orientation 
Friday, August 19, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
College of Health Professions, Room 1050 (900 E. Leigh St.)
Zoom: If unable to attend in-person, please contact Chelsea Gary 
Canvas Orientation Course: All students should complete prior to. 

Master of Health Administration (MHA)
Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19, 2022
College of Health Professions, Room 1075 (900 E. Leigh St.)
Contact: Cameron Parkins

Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA)
Thursday, August 18 - Saturday, August 20, 2022
Welcome and Program Orientation: Thursday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3043428338
Contact: Cameron Parkins

Medical Laboratory Sciences
Friday, August 19, 2022 
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 
Contact: Teresa Nadder

Rehabilitation Counseling
Thursday, August 18, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
College of Health Professions, Room TBD (900 E. Leigh St.)
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86345343707?pwd=VG5QSlN2b0QzZGVqQlFQQUY4Wk1BZz09
Contact: rehabcnsling@vcu.edu

College of Humanities and Sciences

Forensic Science
Friday, August 19, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Contact: fos@vcu.edu

Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Monday, August 15 - Friday. August 19, 2022
Contact: math@vcu.edu

Psychology
Monday, August 8, 2022
Details to follow. 

Sociology
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Zoom: https://vcu.zoom.us/j/84964852034
Contact: socygrad@vcu.edu

da Vinci Center for Innovation

Master of Product Innovation
Day 1: Virtual Program Orientation - Wednesday, August 17, 2022
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Day 2: Meet & Greet - Friday, August 19, 2022
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Shift Retail Lab (1235 W. Broad St.)

Global Education Office

International Student Orientation
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Virtual morning session and afternoon session in person)
West Grace Student Housing - North (830 W. Grace St.)

School of the Arts

Art History
Monday, August 22, 2022
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Buford House (922 W. Franklin St.)
Contact: arthistory@vcu.edu 

Photography and Film
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Pollak Building, Room 301 (325 N. Harrison St.

School of Business

Evening MBA, Specialized Master's Programs, and Graduate Certificates
Thursday, August 18, 2022
5:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Snead Hall, Atrium (301 W. Main St.)
Contact: gsib@vcu.edu 

Executive MBA Cohort - Class of 2024
Thursday, August 25 - Saturday, August 27, 2022
Snead Hall (301 W. Main St.)

Online MBA Cohort - Class of 2024
Friday, August 26 - Saturday, August 27, 2022
Snead Hall, Room B-3187 (301 W. Main St.)
Contact: Robert Clarkson

Master of Decision Analytics. Professional Track (DAPT) Cohort - Class of 2023
Friday, August 26 - Saturday, August 27, 2022
Snead Hall (301 W. Main St.)
Contact: Rachel Kaeser

School of Dentistry

Graduate Programs
Thursday, August 18 - Friday, August 19, 2022
Perkinson Building, Room 4105 (1101 E Leigh St)

School of Education

New Graduate Student Orientation
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Oliver Hall, Room 3108 (1015 W. Main St.)
A happy hour will follow at 5:00 p.m. at Postbellum (1323 W. Main St.)

School of Medicine

Advance Degree Orientation
Thursday, August 18, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Egyptian Building, Auditorium (1223 E. Marshall St.)

Healthcare Policy and Research
Thursday, August 18, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
One Capitol Square (830 E. Main St.)
Contact: Nerice Lochansky

Medical Physics
Friday, August 19, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
McGlothlin Medical Education Center, Room 3-101 (1201 E. Marshall St.)
Contact: medphys@vcu.edu

School of Nursing

New Student Orientation
Monday, August 22, 2022
TBD
School of Nursing (1100 E. Leigh St.)
Contacts: Tim Westberg

Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP)
Various

School of Pharmacy

Graduate Programs
Thursday, August 18, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
McGlothlin Medical Education Center, Room 3-101 (1201 E. Marshall St.)

School of Social Work

M.S.W. Online Student Fall Semester Kickoff
Monday, August 15, 2022
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Zoom: Contact your advisor for more information

M.S.W. On-campus Student Orientation
Friday, August 19, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Academic Learning Commons (MCALC) (1000 Floyd Ave)

New and continuing Ph.D. student GRA orientation
Thursday, August 18, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Academic Learning Commons (MCALC), Room 3211 (1000 Floyd Ave)

New Ph.D. student program orientation
Friday, August 19, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Academic Learning Commons (MCALC), Room 3211 (1000 Floyd Ave)
Website: https://socialwork.vcu.edu/information-for/admitted-students/

Wilder School

Graduate Programs (In-person)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Raleigh Building, Room B0001 (1001 W. Franklin St.)
Contact: Jill Scharling

Graduate Programs (Virtual)
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Jill Scharling