Transfer checklist

Welcome, transfer students!

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. Request that your college registrar’s office send your final college transcripts to the VCU Office of Admissions. 

    Note: Your college may charge a fee for this service.

  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 you 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 to keep yourself healthy and happy!

  7. Become oriented.

    Get all the new student scoop and meet other new students in the process! 

    • Sign up for the required New Student Orientation and pay the nonrefundable fee.
    • Download Navigate to make an academic advising appointment. Advisors will be available to meet with you after May 15. Can't make it to campus for your appointment? Your advisor can meet with you online or over the phone instead.
    • Complete the orientation checklist before you attend. (So. Many. Checklists.)
  8. 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.

  9. Purchase a parking pass.

    Visit the VCU Parking and Transportation website for student options and rates.

  10. Live where you learn.

    Find on- and off-campus housing that best fits your needs.

  11. Stay alert.

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

  12. Request accommodations if needed.

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

  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