The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) supports student learning and interpersonal growth that creates engaged citizen-leaders. ODOS is committed to helping students navigate and develop a unique experience, grounded in the history and traditions of one of the finest higher education institutions in the world.
The offices and services below are housed within the Office of the Dean of Students.
Housing & Residence Life
Housing & Residence Life offers a variety of residence options to new students. Living on Grounds provides the best combination of location, pricing, and being plugged in to the UVA community. More information is available about first-year, incoming transfer student, and upperclass on-Grounds housing options.
If you are interested in exploring off-Grounds housing, check out the off-Grounds Services page for resources.
Every on-Grounds resident has a Resident Advisor (RA) who lives within the residential community. These student leaders are committed to building strong communities that value the University’s traditions of honor and student self-governance. Through structured programs and informal peer advising, RAs support the physical well-being of students as well as their academic, social, and emotional development.
Transfer Student Peer Advisors
All incoming transfer students are assigned a Transfer Student Peer Advisor. These upperclass students are invested in serving our transfer population and helping them adjust to the University socially and academically.
Once you are settled in, please consider becoming a TSPA and helping to welcome future transfer students to the UVA community.
Student Activities provides resources to help students turn their ideas into reality. As self-governance encourages students to learn by participating and leading, Student Activities’ mission is to promote learning and community engagement through student involvement. Student Activities staff help students find their place at UVA through student organizations, student government, events, or by creating something new.
Other General Support and Engagement for Students
Multicultural Student Support and Outreach
- Multicultural Student Services
- Office of African-American Affairs
- Asian/Asian Pacific American Student Services and Programs
- Latinx, Hispanic, & Latin American Student Services
- Native American Student Union
- Middle Eastern Student Services
- International Student Support in conjunction with the International Studies Office