Graduate checklist

Welcome to graduate study at Virginia Commonwealth University!

Get started by reviewing our checklist for new graduate students.

  1. Respond to VCU’s offer.

    Officially respond to your offer of admission by emailing with your name, address, program and term of entry. If you are unable to enroll for the semester indicated, contact your academic department to clarify your eligibility to enroll in future semesters. Your records will be kept in the Office of Admissions for one year, after which you will need to reapply for admission.

  2. Find your VCU eID.

    Use the eID Finder to find your eID and create your password. The VCU eID is the username used, along with your corresponding password, to give you access to many VCU electronic services via eServices. Your eID is not your student number (V-number). Your eID is usually a combination of your last name and initials. 

    Once you have obtained your eID and password, you can log in to your VCU email account. Email is the official means of university communication with students and should be accessed as soon as possible.

  3. Pay your tuition deposit.

    If a deposit is required for your program (check this list). Follow these steps to pay your deposit online:

    • Log in to eServices using your eID.
    • Click the "Applicant" tab in the main menu. 
    • Scroll to the bottom of the page and select to pay the admissions tuition deposit.
    • Scroll to bottom of the next screen to confirm that you want to pay the admissions tuition deposit.
    • A new tab will open and bring you to the payment screen (showing a $0.00 balance). Click "Deposits" at top on purple banner.
    • Follow prompts and enter desired deposit amount. 
    • Enter payment information.
    • Submit your deposit to reserve your spot at VCU.
    • Please allow one to two business days for processing to occur once your deposit has been submitted.
  4. Get immunized.

    Get immunized and keep yourself healthy and happy! You must upload a copy of your vaccination records by no later than Aug. 1, 2022, unless you are enrolled in a health sciences program, in which case you must submit the VCU Health Sciences Certificate of Immunization 30 days before your program starts.

  5. Set up your email account.

    Email is the official means of university communication with students and should be set up as soon as possible. Your email address is constructed using your eID ( and may be created before registering for classes. You can set up your VCU email account at

  6. Save the date.

    Mark graduate school orientation on your calendar and read up on the details.

  7. Register for classes.

    Register online through eServices after your program director contacts you regarding advising, registration, special program information and department orientation activities. Be sure to note final add/drop and withdrawal policies and deadlines. General registration information is available through the Student Services Center and Records and Registration.

  8. Get your student ID.

    Your VCUCard is your student ID and can be obtained during the first semester in which you are enrolled for classes. To obtain a VCUCard, you must present a valid, government-issued photo ID. Visit the VCUCard website for locations and details.

  9. Apply for parking.

    Complete your application for parking subscriptions, available online through VCU Parking and Transportation. Applicants must be current students with a valid VCUCard and no outstanding university parking penalties or unpaid violations.

  10. Find a place to live.

    On-campus housing information is available from VCU Residential Life and Housing. Off-campus options are listed by University Student Common and Activities.

  11. Request accommodations if needed.

    Contact the VCU Office of Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity to request any necessary accommodations.

  12. Stay alert.

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

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I chose VCU for graduate school because I was motivated and inspired by all the opportunities for collaboration.

Jesse Wingate
Ph.D. student