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Most common FAQs

Most Common FAQs

When will Summer Orientation take place in 2020?

Orientation session dates for 2020 will be announced soon! Please check back.

Do all new students have to attend Summer Orientation?

Yes, all new students (with the exception of RN to BSN Nursing students) are expected to attend, and we offer 10 sessions during the summer months. Be sure to sign up for the session correlating to your school of enrollment or academic program!

At orientation you learn about the University, ask questions, meet with an academic advisor, sign up for classes, and get to know people. You have the chance to speak with representatives from various offices (such as Housing & Residence Life and Dining Services) and handle logistical details like familiarizing yourself with Grounds and getting your student ID. and choosing a dining plan and submitting your photo online for your University ID.

What's the difference between Days on the Lawn and Summer Orientation?

Days on the Lawn are daylong Office of Admission events held during the spring for newly-admitted students. They are meant for students who are undecided about accepting their admission offer at UVA. Those students who have aleady decided to become Wahoos are welcome to visit Grounds on any other day, when it's less crowded.

Most Summer Orientation sessions are two days long, and are held in the summer for students who are matriculating at UVA. At orientation, students meet with an academic advisor, sign up for classes, get to know people, and begin to become familiar with student life at the University of Virginia.

While not all new students attend Days on the Lawn, all do attend Summer Orientation.

When and how will I be able to sign up for a Summer Orientation session?

You can register for Summer Orientation:

  • 72 hours after you pay your $400 tuition deposit
  • Once you take the Responsible Computing Tutorial and activate your UVA email account

You complete the registration process on this website, beginning April 1.

Activating your UVA email account allows you to take care of other pre-enrollment requirements as well, such as applying for housing, choosing a dining plan, and submitting your photo online for your University ID.