New student orientation

The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association sponsors 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.

Graduate School Orientation

New Graduate Student Orientation will take place on Thursday, January 9, 2020. 

The Graduate School welcomes you to Virginia Commonwealth University and invites you to attend the New Graduate Student Orientation on January 9, 2020. 

Orientation and Grad Fest will be held in Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave, 3rd Floor, room 303 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tables from various University departments will be set up to provide information on what resources are available to graduate students at VCU. Information on parking will be emailed to you after you have registered for orientation. 

Registration is due by Monday, January 6, 2020. If you have missed the registration deadline, contact Ashlee Christakos at

Since this is a University-wide orientation, we will be providing you with general information regarding VCU resources and services to acquaint you with the University and prepare you for the upcoming academic year. If you are unable to attend orientation, please see New Student Resources.

Student Health Services

All students must supply documentation of all required immunizations including tuberculosis (TB) screening. Failure to comply will prevent you from registering for classes. More information can be found at  VCU Student Health.

Departmental Orientation Sessions 

Schools and departments are currently scheduling Spring 2020 orientations. Check back for updates as sessions are added.

School of Business
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Snead Hall
5:00 pm
Questions may be directed to Graduate Studies

The College of Engineering
Friday, January 10, 2020
Engineering West
9:00 am 

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Raleigh Building (1001 W. Franklin Street) Room B0001
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

School of Social Work
Online Orientation Events*

Getting Ready Live Session 1 - December 5 at 7 pm
Getting Ready Live Session 2 - December 12 at 7 pm
Getting Ready Live Session 3 - December 19 at 7 pm
Live Faculty Welcome Session - January 9 at 7 pm

* Online students will be required to attend one of the three Getting Ready sessions as well as the Live Faculty Welcome Session


Additional Resources

If you missed Fall Orientation, please view the New Graduate Student Orientation Fall 2019 presentation or the orientation video for more information.