On January 3, 2019 the Student Affairs Department hosted the New Student Orientation for International students. The new Virginia International University students were able to start building friendships through games that were played. New students also met faculty and staff, learned about the services offered on and off-campus, and took a tour of the university. Some students also chose to participate in the tour of Fairfax. A New Student Orientation for local students was held on January 7, 2019.