New student orientation

Each year, prior to the fall semester, 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 Tuesday, August 14, 2018.  

The Graduate School welcomes you to Virginia Commonwealth University and invites you to attend the New Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. 

Orientation will be held in the Singleton Performing Arts Center, 922 Park Ave., from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Check in will take place from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Singleton Center. Lunch will be provided in Shafer Dining Court at 12 p.m.

Following lunch, Grad Fest, a resource fair for graduate students, 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. 

Register for New Student Orientation

Registration is due by August 7, 2018.

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

To reserve your place at orientation, please complete your registration by August 7, 2018.  If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Tennison at


Departmental Orientation Sessions

Schools and departments are currently scheduling fall 2018 orientations. Check back for updates as sessions are added.

Department of Art History
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Buford House, 922 W. Franklin St, Room 202

VCU BrandCenter
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
VCU Brandcenter/Mike Hughes Hall
9:00am - 2:00pm

School of Business
Specialized Masters and Graduate Certificate Programs
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Snead Hall (301 W. Main St.)
5:15pm - 8:00pm
Evening MBA 
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Snead Hall (301 W. Main St.)
5:15pm - 9:30pm
Online MBA Residency
Friday, August 24th & Saturday, August 25th
Snead Hall (301 W. Main St.)

Center for Sport Leadership
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Parlors of the Sports Medicine Building

Department of Forensic Science
Monday, August 20, 2018
Harris Hall, Room 212
9:00am - 12:30pm

Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
One Capital Square, Room 4104
10:00am - 3:00pm

Department of History
Monday, August 20, 2018
811 S. Cathedral Place, Department Conference Room

Department of Psychology
Monday, August 13, 2018
VCU Aspire, 835 W. Grace Street, Room 1004A
8:30am - 12:00pm

School of Social Work, MSW Orientation
Monday, August 20, 2018
Academic Learning Commons, Room 1107
7:30am - 5:00pm 

Department of Sociology
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Founders Hall, 827 W. Franklin St
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Wilder School
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Raleigh Building, 1001 W. Franklin St
2:00pm - 4:00pm


New Spring/Summer Students

Are you a new student for Spring or Summer? Check out these University resources.