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Welcome New Families!

It is with sincere pleasure that the staff of the Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA) welcomes you to the University of Virginia. We are excited that you are now a part of our community and look forward to working with you during the next four years.

You will want to familiarize yourself with our nationally acclaimed Peer Advisor Program. Since 1984, it has greatly benefited our first-year and entering transfer students with their transition to the University. It is also one of the many factors that has contributed to the University's high African-American student retention and graduation rates. Each year, entering students are assigned an upper-class student to serve as a resource throughout the academic year. Soon, entering students will receive their initial contact from their Peer Advisor. We hope students will respond quickly and take advantage of this excellent resource. Peer Advisors are eager to answer questions, address concerns, share experiences and assist our entering students, because they remember what it was like to be new to the University.

In addition to successful collegiate transition and retention, we are equally interested in your continued performance at high academic levels - the same levels that resulted in admission offers to UVA and other institutions. Please read 10 Things I Wish I Had Known, and use these suggestions with other materials when making decisions about initial courses and major areas of study. Other materials on the website provide guidance for students interested in attending health professional schools, pursuing undergraduate majors in the McIntire School of Commerce and preparing for post-graduate opportunities through our GradSTAR Program. Also, please print and bring a copy of your final high school transcript with you to aid in initial academic advising sessions. This will help OAAA Deans greatly in suggesting courses and plans of action for the early semesters.

You are invited to visit our office (#4 Dawson's Row) when you come to Grounds for your two-day Summer Orientation. We would love to personally welcome you to your home away from home and to assist however we can.

Finally, please reserve Saturday, August 24, 2013 to attend our annual Welcoming Reception and Program during the University's Orientation Weekend. The reception begins at 3:00 p.m. and the formal program starts at 3:00 p.m. Joining the OAAA staff will be other University administrators and faculty. We look forward to seeing you!

Again, welcome to the University of Virginia!

Sincerely yours,

Maurice Apprey

Maurice Apprey, Ph.D., DM, FIPA
Professor and Dean of African-American Affairs