Do all new students have to attend orientation?
Yes, all new 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.
Exceptions to the above include RN to BSN Nursing students, as well as London First and Shanghai First students, who will have their own orientations in their respective fall semester locations.
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 2.
Activating your UVA email account allows you can take care of other pre-enrollment requirements as well, such as applying for housing and choosing a dining plan.
What does it cost?
The student fee for Summer Orientation is $214 for first-years and $130 for incoming transfer students. This fee is included in the tuition and fees bill that posts in July. All students pay this fee regardless of whether or not they attend orientation.
How do I know which session to register for and attend?
You should plan to attend one of the sessions for the school in which you are enrolled.
To see your session choices and their dates, select your school and year on the Session Dates page.
Do not make travel arrangements until you receive your session selection confirmation at the end of the online registration process.
How do I modify or change my session selection after I’ve already confirmed one?
To change your orientation session, log in to the orientation registration system at any time prior to June 22 and make modifications. Click on Register, which will prompt you to authenticate your credentials through NetBadge by using your UVA computing ID and password. Scroll down to Session Information and click Modify Orientation Session. After you update your session selection, a new confirmation letter will be emailed to you.
Where will I stay during Summer Orientation? What about my guest(s)?
- First-year students stay overnight in the Alderman Road Residence Area on day one of orientation.
- Transfer students may elect to stay overnight in the Alderman Road Residence Area following their one-day session (Session G or H only). The cost is $43 and may be paid at orientation check-in.
- Students registered for Session K will move directly into their assigned housing for the academic year.
- Parents and guests are responsible for their own overnight accommodations. Some area hotels offer discounts and/or hold rooms for orientation.
What meals are included for me and my guests during Summer Orientation?
First-Year Sessions: Students are provided with lunch and dinner on day one of the session, and breakfast and lunch on day two of the session. Guests receive brunch and an evening reception on day one and lunch on day two.
Transfer Sessions: Students and guests are provided with continental breakfast, lunch, and an optional dinner.
Session K: Dinner is provided for both students and guests on the evening of check-in. Students are provided with continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner on both days of the session. Guests are provided with continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner on day one of the session, and lunch on day two of the session.
What is a UID (University ID) number and how do I retrieve it?
Your UID number is the nine-digit number that serves as your ID throughout your time at UVA. Assigned to you by the University, it is NOT your Social Security number. You can retrieve your UID number online. To do so you will need your seven-digit UVA Student Information System (SIS) ID number. This number can be found in the email acknowledging receipt of your application for admission.
What if I require special accommodations for a medical, physical, or disability-related need?
If you require disability-related or medical accommodation during Summer Orientation, please contact the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC) at Student Health: 434.243.5180. You also have the opportunity to note special accommodations (for you and/or your guests) during the orientation registration process.
What happens if I don’t return the room access card or if the card is damaged?
If you don't return your access card when you check out following your orientation session, you will be charged a $40 replacement card fee. If your card is damaged but returned during your session, you will be charged a $20 damaged card fee.
What is UVA Express and how do I register for it?
UVA Express is free, coordinated transportation from Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. to the University of Virginia on designated dates in August. For more information and to register, see the UVA Express website.
This service is for international students only.
The program is coordinated by the University of Virginia's Office of Engagement. It is financially supported by a UVA alumnus in Singapore and the UVA Parents Committee.
What is Project SERVE?
Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, Project SERVE is a one-day program allowing new students to participate in important service activities throughout the Charlottesville community and learn about the many service avenues available.
You may indicate your interest in Project SERVE when you register for orientation. If you have already registered for orientation, you can re-enter the registration system to elect to participate in Project SERVE.
What is COAR?
Cavalier Outdoor Adventure Retreat (COAR) is a unique three-day, extended orientation designed for first-year students who have completed their orientation session. Participants will camp in Shenandoah National Park, hike to waterfalls, enjoy scenic mountain views, and have the opportunity to stay in a primitive Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) cabin.