The University wasn’t created just to educate. It was created to prepare a new generation and a new nation to govern and to lead—producing a culture that places responsibility, along with the power to change, in the hands of students. More than a nice idea, UVA’s groundbreaking model of self-governance provides students with the opportunity to govern much of life on Grounds—from responsibility for Residence halls to serving on the Honor Committee to reporting to our Board of Visitors—students are encouraged to take on responsibilities and experiences that prepare them for lives as citizen leaders.
At UVA, the opportunities to lead are endless. From day one, students are called upon to take charge—from serving as part of Class and Student Councils, where they work to foster a sense of community and advocate on behalf of peers, to joining Judiciary Committee, where they strive to uphold the University’s standards of conduct, to serving on Honor Committee, where they work tirelessly to support the University’s Honor System. Here, leadership isn’t just an elective. It’s a way of life.