About Us

Orientation and New Student Programs (ONSP), a unit of the Office of the Dean of Students, assists first year and transfer students in making a successful academic, intellectual and social transition to the University. New student orientation programs during the summer and fall with Family Weekend and First Year Seminar being just some of the programs and initiatives designed to strengthen students’ connection to the University.

Orientation and New Student Programs is responsible for oversight of the five following programmatic areas.

Note for Graduate Students

Welcome to the University of Virginia! Each school, department and program has its own set of welcome and orientation activities for new graduate students. You should be sure to attend all programs as directed by your individual school.

In addition to your school or department, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies is a wonderful source of support and information for graduate students.

The University has also recently launched a Graduate Guide to provide incoming and enrolled graduate students with information about getting settled in Charlottesville. This comprehensive guide includes a wealth of information about such topics as academics, community service, finding employment, health resources, and housing, among other things.


Newcomb Hall, First Floor – Room 170
P: 434.982.4555
F: 434.982.4506

Orientation & New Student Programs
University of Virginia
PO Box 400181
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4181


Tab, Tim and Shraddha

Shraddha, Tab & Tim



Tabitha A. Enoch – Assistant Dean and Director

Shraddha Prasad – Assistant Director

Timothy R. Eckert – Orientation Coordinator

Amanda Burns – Graduate Intern