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.
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

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

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. Harriosn St.
Contact: artsgrad@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

School of Medicine

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 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

New and continuing PhD student GRA orientation
Thursday, August 18, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Academic Learning Commons (MCALC), Room 3211 (1000 Floyd Ave)
Website: https://socialwork.vcu.edu/information-for/admitted-students/

New PhD 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/ 

Fall 2021 Orientation

2021 Graduate Student Orientation Slide Deck