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.

Read the Welcome Book

The Office of the Dean of Students
Brochure is now online.



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.

In addition to programs, services, and support offered directly through Peabody Hall, the Dean of Students is responsible for oversight of the following units:

Fraternity & Sorority Life

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

Administrative Services

The mission of Administrative Services is to enhance the University experience for students, faculty/staff, and guests by providing world class leadership in Business Services, Facility Operations, Marketing & Communications, and Technology Services. Our dedicated team of student and professional staff is here to serve you in a variety of ways:

  • Budget and financial advising for student organizations and the Office of the Dean of Students
  • Event planning, scheduling, and support
  • Facility reservations and management, including: Newcomb Hall, University Chapel, Ampitheatre, Lawn Gardens, Ern Commons, Lambeth Commons, and the Student Activities Building. View the full list here.
  • Strategic Marketing and Web Development
  • Technology and A/V support including the Media Activities Center in Newcomb Hall
  • Much more!

Orientation & New Student Programs

Orientation and New Student Programs assist first year and transfer students in making a successful academic, intellectual and social transition to the University. The office coordinates new student orientation programs during the summer and fall, as well as, Family Weekend. The office also sponsors a variety of programs and initiatives designed to strengthen students' connection to the University, including the First Year Seminar.

Housing & Residence Life

The Residence Life Program generates and maintains an environment in University Housing that facilitates the physical well being of students and emphasizes opportunities for personal and intellectual growth, self-governance, social and cultural programming, independence and informal interaction with faculty members. The Residence Life Program is a model of student, faculty, and staff cooperation and collaboration.

Student Activities

Student Activities is a center of activity and community on Grounds.  Within the philosophy of student self-governance, where students learn by participating and leading, our mission is to promote learning and community engagement through student involvement.