Orientation

All new international students are required to attend the mandatory orientation programs. Classes will begin August 20, 2019. Orientation programs start one week prior, while schedules vary based on students’ programs.

GSSP Students

New GSSP students should arrive to VCU for the Fall 2019 term no later than Sunday, August 11, 2019. Fall 2019 VCU GSSP Orientation will take place on Monday, August 12, followed by International Student Orientation (ISO, for all international students), New Student Orientation (for all new Undergraduate students, including Undergraduate GSSP), and Graduate Program Orientations* (for all new Graduate students, including Graduate GSSP) in the rest of the week. All GSSP students will need to complete registration online for ISO. Undergraduate GSSP students will need to email New Student and Family Programs at newrams@vcu.edu to register for NSO.** Please be aware that there is a $175 fee for New Student Orientation, which will be added to your bill. All Orientations mentioned are mandatory. A detailed orientation schedule will be available for you when checking in with the GSSP office on August 12.

Direct Entry Students

New Direct Entry students should arrive to VCU for the Fall 2019 term no later than Monday, August 12, 2019. Fall 2019 VCU International Student Orientation (ISO) will take place on Tuesday, August 13. The ISO orientation is mandatory for both Undergraduate and Graduate Direct Entry students. Undergraduate Direct Entry students are also required to attend the New Student Orientation. All students will need to complete registration online for ISO. Undergraduate students will need to email New Student and Family Programs at newrams@vcu.edu to register for ISO.** Please be aware that there is a $175 fee for New Student Orientation. Graduate Direct Entry students will also attend Graduate School Orientation on August 13 and Graduate Program Orientations later in the week*.

*More information about Graduate School Orientation, the schedule for Graduate Program Orientations, and the registration link can be found here: https://graduate.vcu.edu/student/orientation.html

**To register for ISO, please submit ISO Registration online: global.vcu.edu/students/started/

Please register for NSO by sending an email with your name, V number (8 digit code starting with ‘V’ found on your admission letter), and request to register for International student NSO session on August 15-16.

Sample Orientation Activities

  • Check in with immigration advisors and learn about important immigration rules and regulations
  • Learn about local housing options, health insurance, banking, and other essential needs
  • Learn about registration information and resources to help you in your classes
  • Learn about opportunities for getting to know your classmates and professors, making new friends, and exploring Richmond and the region

Math Placement Test

The math placement test determines the highest-level math course you can initially register for. First-year students (including Undergraduate GSSP students) are required to complete the test online before registering for an orientation session. If you do not have a test score or AP/IB/dual enrollment recorded in your VCU record, you will not be able to register for a math course during orientation.

You can take the online math placement test only once. If you start the online test and are unable to complete it, you can take a different proctored online test on campus.

Take the test without any help. Receiving a score that does not accurately reflect your math level could place you in a course where your success would be limited.

You will receive your test score and class placement immediately after completion.