During orientation week, there will be several advising and registration meetings that will enable you to meet Registry Services staff, faculty, be advised and register for courses. You are required to take diagnostic assessments in English and (for some majors) in Maths. These assessments are designed to help us place you in the English and Maths classes that are suited to your current academic level. English and Math are both part of Richmond’s “Liberal Arts Core” requirements. Some students with advanced transfer credits will be exempt from these tests and will be informed upon check-in. If you do not take the tests, your registration will be delayed. You cannot study for these assessments–just take them and do your best!
After you receive your test results, you will see an academic adviser as part of an “advising and registration session”, who will help you choose your courses. If you have transfer credits, you will be provided special assistance by the Registry Services team. The Registry Services staff and faculty are very helpful and will answer any questions you have.
The Social Side of Orientation
During the evenings and over the weekend there are activities planned to give you time to relax and meet the other new students. Most activities are free, though some may cost a few pounds. All activities are open to new students regardless of whether they live on or off of campus. These activities may include a quiz night, boat trip down the Thames, a West End show, or an excursion within London. Full details are available at Orientation. In the meantime, check out what orientation events have already been planned.
Orientation also helps you with all of the essential practicalities of living on campus and in the UK, such as registering to use the wireless network and library, paying your fees, registering with a doctor, and opening a bank account. The sessions that will help you learn about being a student at Richmond and living in the UK include:
- Campus Tours
- Computer and Library Orientation
- National Health Service Registration
- Safety in the City
- Living, Studying and Working in the UK
Prior to arriving to Richmond we encourage you to send a copy of a recent passport size photo in jpeg format to Admissions. Richmond University requires a passport style photo of all new students in order to process their ID cards. Your photos must show a close-up of your full head and shoulders. It must be only of you with no other objects or people, facing forward and looking straight at the camera. The photo must meet our standards or your photo will be rejected and you will be required to resubmit a new image. In order to avoid long waiting times on orientation day, please use the following web application to take a passport photo of yourself http://www.epassportphoto.com/. Once your photos are ready, please save them as a JPG file with your full name and send them to email@example.com.