About ODOS

About the Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students supports student learning and interpersonal growth that creates engaged citizen leaders. On the second floor of Peabody Hall, students will find a team that is available to assist students in navigating and developing a unique student experience, grounded in the history and traditions of one of the finest higher education institutions in the world.

The Office of the Dean of Students is part of the
Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer.


Peabody Hall / Second Floor
Tel: 434.924.7133 · Fax: 434.924.3889 · Directions to Peabody Hall.

The University of Virginia's Commitment to Diversity 

Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence as a cornerstone of University culture. The University promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. When people of different backgrounds come together, they exchange ideas, question assumptions (including their own), and broaden the horizons for us all. A University of Virginia community rich in diversity affords every member equal respect – and provides a forum for understanding our differences as well as our commonalities.

Associations & Units

In addition to the programs, services, and support offered directly through the ODOS main office in Peabody Hall, the office also oversees the following associations & units.


Newcomb Centers & Services

Newcomb Centers & Services is an association of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to creating a vibrant and engaging community experience at UVA. Our vision is to be the hub of community activity at the University, create a living laboratory for student self-governance, and provide world-class service to students, colleagues, and guests.

Five units within ODOS work collaboratively to manage NCS’s diverse portfolio of programs, services, and facilities that support life on and around Grounds:

  • Business Services & Operations
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Student Activities
  • Technology & Audio Visual Services


Business Services & Operations

Working with many constituents across Grounds, ODOS Business Services and Operations supports an environment of inspiration, learning, and enrichment for the UVA community through an array of exemplary support services. We accomplish our mission by providing clean and safe facilities, a dynamic student employment experience, support for diverse student activities, and excellent customer service.

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Fraternity & Sorority Life works closely with the four Greek councils at the University of Virginia: the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), Inter-Sorority Council (ISC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). Approximately 30 percent of undergraduate students belong to a fraternal organization.

FSL works to strengthen student self-governance and leadership, and serves as the University liaison to alumni and chapter headquarters’ staff.

Housing & Residence Life

Housing & Residence Life (HRL) works collaboratively to create welcoming communities and empower residents to engage their potential as scholars and leaders. From incoming first years and returning undergraduates to transfer students, graduate students, and faculty and staff, residents encounter inclusive associations supporting the University’s academic, cultural, and social goals. HRL offers a variety of living environments -- traditional residence halls, apartment complexes, townhouses, single-family homes – and students may participate in specific living and learning programs such as residential colleges, language immersion houses, and a transfer student-focused community. Leadership and governance opportunities for students living on Grounds include the Resident Staff program and Residential Leadership Experience. HRL also provides educational programming and resources for students, faculty, and staff who choose to live off-Grounds, and partners with a third-party housing service to share off-Grounds options. In addition, HRL extends hospitality to more than 15,000 University guests attending conferences, camps, and academic programs at UVA each summer.

Marketing & Communications

Through positive collaboration with faculty, staff, & students, resposibilites include management & production of all ODOS marketing needs. Services include; strategic engagement & communications, website development, branding, advertising, print & electronic media, wayfinding/signage, & social media. Our professional staff produces creative, and consistent solutions to a variety of media needs.

Orientation & New Student Programs

Orientation & New Student Programs assists first-year and transfer students and their families in making successful academic, intellectual, and social transitions to the University. Summer and Fall Orientations offer opportunities and programming for incoming students to learn about the University, get to know people, and strengthen their connection to UVA. The Transfer Student Peer Advisor Program (TSPA) matches new transfers with returning students to facilitate their transition to the University. Family Weekend invites families to visit with their students and celebrate their accomplishments. Families experience together the rich diversity of life on Grounds, gaining a sense of the intellectual life at UVA and an awareness of the many resources available to students.

Student Activities

The staff members of Student Activities provide professional support to student organizations at the University of Virginia. An additional function includes fostering collaborative relationships to enhance After Hours programming. Student Activities is also responsible for supporting the University Programs Council (UPC), Arts Board, Women’s Leadership Development Council (WLDP), University Board of Elections (UBE), Blueprint Leadership Program, and Student Council.

Technology & Audio Visual Services

Working with our technology service partners at ITS, Technology & Audio/Visual Services is responsible for implementing and supporting the computer and presentation technology for departmental staff, as well as meeting and conference spaces associated with ODOS.