Freshman checklist

Welcome, freshmen!

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:

  1. Make it official.

    Pay your tuition deposit to let us know you'll be joining us at VCU! 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, request a tuition deposit waiver by submitting the Response form (also located in the front of your Accepted Student Handbook), along with appropriate supporting documentation.

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

  2. Make it final.

    We’ll need your final transcripts to seal the deal! If VCU has not received your final transcripts before classes begin, the Office of Financial Aid will not be able to disburse any of your awarded funds. Ask your guidance counselor to send your final high school transcripts 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.

  3. Get access to all.

    Your eID is your key to everything VCU! Visit VCU my eID to activate your eID, which authorizes use of VCU’s electronic services. It lets you do things like: 

    • Register for classes
    • Use the myVCU portal
    • Use VCU’s wifi
    • Access library materials online

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

  4. Set up your email.

    Stay informed with your own personal VCU email account! Prior to registering for classes, you’ll need to set up your email by visiting myVCUmail.

  5. Ask for aid.

    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 March 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.
  6. Be immune.

    Get immunized and keep yourself healthy and happy! 

  7. Prepare to register for courses.

    First-year students will be pre-registered for their fall coursework prior to NSO. First-year students must complete the course registration survey. Before taking the survey, you must have taken your math placement test. An academic advisor will use your responses to the survey to create your class schedule, which you will review at NSO. Your schedule is not confirmed until you attend New Student Orientation.

  8. Become oriented.

    Get all the new student scoop! Plus meet other new students, spend the night on campus and review your class schedule with an advisor. 

  9. Get ID’d.

    Student ID’d, that is. Obtain your VCUCard during orientation by presenting a valid, government-issued photo ID.

    Note: You can submit your photo ahead of time to avoid waiting in a long photo line during orientation. 

  10. Live where you learn.

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

  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.

  13. Shout it from the rooftops.

    Or better yet, share a photo of yourself with your Accepted Student Handbook or your new VCU decal using hashtag #VCURamily. And by the way, make sure to read the handbook — you’ll find tons of information that will help you get to know VCU and settle in quickly once you get here.

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Aaron Varella
Class of 2019