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Parent & Guest Checklist

Use the list below to keep on track with tasks as your student transitions to UVA.

  • Visit the Office of the Dean of Students website

At the Office of the Dean of Students website, you can learn about programs and services, University traditions, student safety, important University policies, and more.

  • Remind your student to complete the Student To-Do List

The Student To-Do List includes important deadlines that occur throughout the summer.

  • Remind your student to read the Orientation & New Student Programs FAQs

Many questions are answered in the FAQs.

  • Remind your student to check their University email

All UVA correspondence will be sent to directly students, so be sure that your student actively monitors their University email account for important correspondence and updates.

  • Encourage your student to take the Student Information System (SIS) tutorial

Students can learn how to use SIS to register for classes, monitor finances, review academic requirements, etc.

  • Ask your student about course registration

Your student can explore course offerings on the Student Information System (SIS). In addition to course registration by school in July, students can add or drop classes starting in August. The drop/add process is very active at UVA, so encourage your student to add themselves to waitlists for classes that are of interest to them!

  • Sign up for UVA Alerts emergency text messages

Your student will need to add your cell phone number as a secondary number In the UVA Alerts system so that you can receive alerts about emergencies at UVA.

  • Talk about big issues

Discuss what academic expectations, time management, financial responsibility, social involvement, safety, and alcohol use will look like for your student when they leave for school.

  • Plan for move-in and Wahoo Welcome

Move-in days are in August. Wahoo Welcome is our fall orientation for students.

  • Check out the CAV Program website for computers and dorm essentials

Did you know that CAV Program, a division of the UVA Bookstores, offers computers, microfridges, linens, carpets, and other dorm essentials? With free home shipping on computers, and free residence hall delivery on all dorm essentials? Learn more at


  • Check out University Cleaners laundry service

If you are interested in weekly wash, dry, and fold services for your laundry, check out Housing & Residence Life's approved vendor University Cleaners. Their weekly service can handle all garment cleaning needs. Please visit to learn more.


  • Make Family Weekend Plans

Family Weekend will be held on October 22-24, 2021. Check the Family Weekend section of our website for dates and additional details.