Freshman checklist

Welcome, freshmen!

We can't wait to have you as a part of our RAMily!

Congrats on your acceptance to VCU! We can’t wait to meet you. To help you get started, review our handy-dandy checklist for all the need-to-know info about how to accept your offer of admission and prepare for enrollment at VCU:

By logging in to the VCU Application Portal you will be able to view your admission status, your VCU ID number, entry semester, degree program, residency status and any admission conditions. Review all admission information for accuracy and notify the VCU Office of Admissions of any inaccuracies or questions.

Please refer to the checklist on your portal to determine if there are any other documents, including final transcripts, that the Office of Admissions requires before enrollment. Refer to Step 6: Make it final.

If you were classified as a non-Virginia resident for tuition purposes and believe that this classification is inaccurate, you may request that your status be re-evaluated prior to Aug. 1 for fall or Dec. 1 for spring by contacting your application processor.

Your eID is your key to everything VCU! Visit VCU my eID and click on "Claim my eID" to activate your eID and set up your account, which authorizes use of VCU’s electronic services. It lets you do things like:

Note: You must obtain your eID before you can make a reservation to attend Orientation, apply for housing or access your VCU email account.

Visit your accepted student portal to complete your VCU response form. After you have completed the form you may pay your tuition deposit to let us know you'll be joining us at VCU! Both your response form and tuition deposit must be received in order for your account to reflect that you have accepted the offer of admission.

Reserve your space in the upcoming class by submitting the following nonrefundable tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions:

  • School of the Arts undergraduate program: $300
  • All other undergraduate programs: $100

If you’re receiving a scholarship or financial aid, you may request a tuition deposit waiver on the response form. Visit your accepted student portal for more information and a link to the form.

Response deadlines: 

Spring admits - Respond within two weeks after your acceptance.

Fall admits - May 1 if you were accepted to the university by April 1. If accepted after April 1, respond within two weeks after your acceptance.

Note: You must pay your deposit before signing up for Orientation, applying for on-campus housing or registering for classes.

Math: All first-year students must take the math placement test before registering for Orientation. You can access the test at You will need your math placement test score to complete Step 8 “Prepare to Register for Courses”.

Chemistry: The Chemistry Placement Test is an online test used to place students into an appropriate general chemistry course based on their background knowledge. All students planning on registering for General Chemistry I (CHEM 101) are required to take the test. Majors who commonly require CHEM 101 include: engineering, biology, chemistry, forensic science, bioinformatics, environmental studies, interdisciplinary science, and many of the pre-professional health programs (pre-med, pre-pharmacy, etc.) This includes first-year students who have taken AP Chemistry. The Chemistry Placement Test is a prerequisite for CHEM 101. You can access the test at

Those earning a passing score on the test will be eligible to register for CHEM 101. Those not earning a passing score have two options:

    1. Complete the ALEKS online unit. (Information about ALEKS can be found online at After successfully completing one of these options students are eligible to register for CHEM 101. ALEKS must be completed by no later than July 31 (fall) or Jan. 10 (spring).
    2. Enroll in CHEM 100 – Introductory Chemistry and earn a B or better.

Foreign Language: Students who plan to continue studying a foreign language that they studied in high school must take the language placement test to determine the appropriate language class. Only students with transfer credit from other educational institutions are eligible to enroll in the next course within their language sequence. The foreign language placement test must be taken in person either before or during orientation. For more information about when and where tests are administered, visit

Let VCU know more about you by completing your Advising Registration Survey. Before taking the survey, you must have taken your math placement test. You will be able to make an appointment to meet with your advisor after June 1 to review your schedule. Your schedule is not confirmed until you participate in Orientation.

VCU Advising Registration Survey - Fall 2022


High school transcripts: We’ll need your final high school transcripts to seal the deal! Final transcripts must be on file by August 1. VCU Financial Aid will not be able to disburse any of your awarded funds until VCU has received your final transcript. Request to have your final high school transcripts sent to the VCU Office of Admissions as soon as possible before classes start. Check the academic calendar to verify when classes start for the semester in which you'll be enrolling.

Your high school can send your transcripts in one of the following methods:

  • Official transcripts can be submitted through a secured electronic system, such as Parchment Exchange or National Clearinghouse, directly to the VCU Office of Admissions.
  • Via U.S. postal mail to:

Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of Admissions
Box 842526
Richmond, VA 23284

We are unable to accept transcripts sent through fax, email or the student portal, as they are considered unofficial. If your high school cannot provide final transcripts by the deadline outlined above, please have them contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 841-3638.

Note: VCU reserves the right to revoke your admission acceptance if your final transcript indicates that you do not meet the criteria for acceptance.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate scores: To ensure you receive credit for your The VCU Transfer Center evaluates Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits from high school, you must submit your AP and IB scores directly to VCU’s Transfer Center. AP scores must come directly from The College Board and IB scores should come directly from the International Baccalaureate office. We cannot accept AP or IB credits from a high school or college transcript.

Dual enrollment transcripts: Students who completed dual enrollment/early college credit while in high school, must submit official college transcripts from the dual enrollment college/university to VCU prior to July 31. Transcripts can be mailed to the VCU Transfer Center at 900 Park Ave., Box 842532, Richmond, VA 23284.

Check into programs and resources that help make college more affordable.

  • If you haven’t already, apply for financial aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the February 1 priority filing date. You can submit your FASFA as early as Oct. 1. If you miss the priority deadline, you should still apply because you may still be eligible for some types of assistance.
  • Check your new VCU email account for award information, required documents to complete your file and additional information.
  • Send in scholarships, billing and authorizations.

Get immunized and keep yourself healthy and happy!

Download Navigate, our student app, to get timely reminders about financial aid deadlines, registration dates, and important campus events. You can also use the app to make an appointment with your financial counselor now, and can make an appointment with your Academic Advisor after June 1. Please note that you can download Navigate two business days after VCU processes your tuition deposit.

During Orientation you’ll learn about all the resources and services available to new students; meet students, faculty and staff in your school-based academic welcome events; and review your first-semester schedule with an academic advisor. Orientation is required for first-year students, transfer and adult learner students, international students and students who are returning to VCU after being away for more than three years. Parents and family members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Think of it as your formal introduction to VCU. For more information and registration details, visit the VCU Orientation website.

VCUCard-ed, that is. As an incoming student, you must submit your VCUCard photo online before your scheduled Orientation. But don't worry, it's super easy to do! An email with instructions and a link to submit your photo will be sent to your official VCU email when you register for Orientation. You can also visit the VCUCard website to learn more about photo requirements and specifications. 


As an incoming VCU student, there are several ways in which you can get a head start on your VCU education:

Students who are admitted for the spring semester are eligible to enroll in Intersession or J-Term classes.

Students who are admitted for the fall semester are eligible to enroll in Summer Studies courses.

Email VCU Summer Studies and Special Programs at for more information about each of these opportunities.

Freshmen are strongly encouraged to immerse themselves in the VCU experience by living on campus.

Sign up to receive text message alerts on your cell phone notifying you of campus emergencies.

Share the good news with your friends and family by using the hashtag #VCURamily in your social media posts.

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All the events and support geared to students make the transition to college easy and make people feel at home.

Aaron Varella
Class of 2019