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First-Year Parent & Guest Schedule

Day One


7:30-8:45 a.m.
Student Activities Building

Park at the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage, shuttle to the Student Activities Building, check in, and pick up orientation materials.

Open Houses, Tours, and Coffee

9:00-10:30 a.m.
Newcomb Pavilion XI (Level 1)

Meet other parents and guests, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy a variety of open houses and tours before the official Welcome Address for parents and guests begins. Orientation Leaders will be there to direct you.

  • Bookstore Open House
  • Tour of Grounds
  • Library Tour (tour begins at 9:30)
  • Rotunda Open House

Welcome Address

10:45-11:15 a.m.
Old Cabell Hall

Allen Groves - Dean of Students

Hear about enduring traditions from important members of the UVA community, including the Dean of Students.

Hoos Movin' In

11:15-11:45 a.m.
Old Cabell Hall

Andy Petters - Assistant Dean of Students, Housing & Residence Life
Countess Hughes - Assistant Director of Assignments, Housing & Residence Life

Representatives from Housing & Residence Life will answer questions and discuss what to expect on move-in days and during your student's first year living on Grounds.

How to Launch a Resilient College Student

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Old Cabell Hall

Tim Davis, Ph.D., Executive Director, Student Resilience & Leadership Development

This session is designed to help you support your student’s discovery and development during this changing time.

Candid Conversations: Orientation Leader Panel

12:30-1:15 p.m.
Old Cabell Hall

Hear it straight from UVA students! Orientation Leaders address common questions, challenges, and successes related to the first-year experience. A brief presentation will be followed by a Q&A.


1:30-2:30 p.m.
Newcomb Dining Room (Level 2)

Ideas Worth Sharing Part I

2:45-3:30 p.m.
3:45-4:30 p.m.

Pick one session at each time.

  • Wellbeing & Health: How the University and Parents Support Students
    Newcomb South Meeting Room (Level 3)
    This session will review the research behind wellbeing and University resources which support it, as well as provide information about the breadth of Student Health services.
  • Student Flourishing: Pathways to Whole Student Education at UVA
    Newcomb Theater (Lower Level)
    How can your son or daughter flourish intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially in ways that optimally integrate their academic and residential experiences? Representatives of the Contemplative Sciences Center will introduce scientific and humanistic research on the nature of human flourishing in the context of undergraduate education.
  • The Adult Emerging Brain
    Newcomb Commonwealth Room (Level 3)
    This talk explores the many remarkable changes unfolding in the emerging adult brain. Tips on how to let go while still staying connected to your young adult, as well as how to make sense of new (yet sometimes baffling) behaviors, will be provided. Participants will leave feeling better prepared to support students as they develop “adulting” skills and discover the worlds of meaningful work and intimate relationships.

Family Reception

5:00-6:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall

Mingle with other families, learn about secret societies at UVA, and talk with Student Affairs representatives while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres. Co-sponsored by Vice-President and Chief Student Affairs Office, UVA Alumni Association, and UVA Parents' Committee.

Day Two

The College of Arts & Sciences: Curricular Options and Infinite Opportunities

9:15-10:00 a.m.
Old Cabell Hall

Rachel Most, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs

Learn more about the College of Arts & Sciences' curricula and how students use the liberal arts degree.

Safety and Support at UVA

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Old Cabell Hall

Laurie Casteen, Associate Dean of Students

A panel of University representatives will discuss current initiatives designed to support your student and help keep them safe.

Pre-Health Advising Information Session

10:45-11:30 a.m.
Newcomb Theater (Lower Level)

Learn about resources and services to successfully start a journey as a Pre-Health Hoo.

McIntire School of Commerce Information Session

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Rouss/Robertson 120

Learn about the curricula, courses, and application procedures for entering the School of Commerce. Prospective students and guests are welcomed to join us.

Ideas Worth Sharing Part II

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
12:15-1:00 p.m.

Pick one session at each time.

  • Families Helping Families
    Newcomb South Meeting Room (Level 3)
    Hear from parents and families about the joys and pitfalls students and families experience together when transitioning to UVA.
  • Student Self-Governance & Leadership
    Newcomb Commonwealth Room (Level 3)
    Student self-governance offers students the opportunity to collaborate with administrators, faculty, and staff. Students are vested with ownership in the creation and implementation of policies and practices which regulate the communities in which they live. Come learn more about the variety of ways your student will engage in self-governance during their time at the University.
  • Pathways to Purpose
    Newcomb Theater (Lower Level)
    The UVA Career Center invites you to consider how you might help your son or daughter as they wrestle with their purpose here at the University and beyond. This hands-on workshop helps you see how we work with students in exploring and discovering future possibilities.


11:30-2:30 p.m.
Newcomb Dining Room (Level 2)

Curry School of Education Information Session

12:15-1:00 p.m.
Ruffner 302 (Library Data Commons)
Session B only: Ruffner 206
Session D: Parents of currently enrolled Curry students only

Learn more about the Curry School's curricula and application procedures for the various degrees offered. Prospective students and guests are welcomed to join us.

School of Nursing Information Session

12:15-1:00 p.m.
Claude Moore Nursing Education G120
Session B only

Theresa Carroll - Senior Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Services

Learn more about the nursing program from faculty and deans and ask any questions you may have. Take the Outer U-Loop or Green route bus to get to the Nursing School.

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy Information Session

12:15-1:00 p.m.
Garrett Great Hall

Learn more about the Batten School curricula and application procedures and ask any questions you may have. Prospective students and guests are welcomed to join us.

Resource Fair

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Newcomb Ballroom (Level 3)

Participants include offices such as: Office of the Dean of Students, Office of African-American Affairs, UVA Career Center, Student Health, the International Studies Office, University Bookstore, Cavalier Advantage, Cavalier Computers, Dining, Housing & Residence Life, and Information Technology Services.

Residence Hall Open Houses

1:00-4:00 p.m.
Lefevre 101 & 103, Gooch 112

Visit model rooms in the McCormick Road and Gooch/Dillard residential areas.

Money Matters: Student Financial Services at UVA

1:15-2:00 p.m.
Newcomb Theater (Lower Level)

Members of the Student Financial Services team will discuss how to best stay informed about tuition payment options and more. There will be an opportunity to ask specific questions regarding financing your student's education.

Echols Ice Cream Social

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Monroe Hall Courtyard (Rain location: Monroe 110)

For Echols Scholars only

Fraternity & Sorority Life Open House

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Newcomb 171 (Level 1)

Have your questions answered about Greek life at UVA.

School of Engineering & Applied Science Information Session

2:15-3:00 p.m.
Mechanical Engineering 205

Lisa Lampe, Director of Undergraduate Success

Learn more about the engineering program from faculty and students, and ask any questions you may have.

School of Architecture Information Session

2:15-3:00 p.m.
Campbell 158
Session B only

Faculty Speaker: Elizabeth "Betsy" Roettger

Learn more about the architecture program and ask any outstanding questions. Take the Inner U-Loop bus route to get to the Architecture School.

Check-Out and ID Distribution

2:30-5:00 p.m.
Student Activities Building

Check-Out will not begin before 2:30 p.m.

Students will return their swipe/access card, and pick up their class t-shirt and student ID (which is needed on move-in day) at the Student Activities Building. One form of government issued ID (US driver's license, state-issued ID card, passport, or US military ID) is required to pick-up UVA IDs. Expired IDs, photocopies and school-issued IDs are not accepted.

Please note: students who do not return their swipe/access card at check-out will be charged a $40 fee.

University Services Panel

3:15-4:00 p.m.
Newcomb Theater (Lower Level)

Hear representatives from UVA Dining, University Bookstore, Cavalier Computers, Cavalier Advantage, and Parking & Transportation speak about important services available to students and families.