Fall Orientation

Fall Orientation QR code
The complete 2016 Fall Orientation schedule is available!

Download the Fall Orientation app guide on your phone or scan the QR code at left. Please visit our Fall Orientation Guide page for more information on the app.

You can also refer to the PDF version of the Fall Orientation schedule.

Move-In Days 2016

Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20, 2016

Friday/Saturday Check-In

The check-in date for First Year students is dependent on your room assignment. Your move-in date is included with your room assignment information. Please make your plans to move into your on-Grounds housing assignment on the date that your building will be opening.

Either:
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Or:
Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Please make your plans to arrive during these times so that you can go directly to the hall that you will be living in. You will be able to check in and unload in one stop. The staff will be available to answer any questions and greeters are available to assist you with unloading. If you are not able to arrive during regular check in hours, the Echols Key room will be open from 5:00 pm – midnight.

Sunday Check-In

First-Year Housing Areas. Check-in on Sunday will take place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Housing & Residence Life Office, in Gibbons House, 424 Tree House Drive, Cville 22904 located in the Alderman Road residential area. From 5:00 pm until midnight, keys will be available in the Echols Key Room.

Parking and Moving Tips

  • Avoid rush hours of 8:00 – 11:00 am.
  • Short-term, 30-minute parking is available in front of your residence hall.
  • Free long-term parking is available all day in the Scott Stadium lots.
  • Police and Parking and Transportation officers will direct you to your parking areas.
  • No University Transportation System (UTS) buses will be running on August 20.
  • If you have questions about parking email parking@virginia.edu
  • Need help? Ask a greeter. Greeters will aid students in their move into the residence halls from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Friday and 8:00 am -3:00 om on Saturday at the first-year housing areas. Look for students in bright-colored greeters T-shirts!
  • Only students may pick up their room keys. Room keys are available under a tent outside each of the residential areas from 8:00-5:00 staffed by RA’s in the building. Photo ID required.
  • Consider bringing a handcart or dolly to transport belongings to your room.
  • Find your room before you unload the car and carry everything inside.

The Housing and Residence Life Office is open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday.

Computing help

A newsletter explaining how to connect to the UVA network will be waiting for you on the desk in your residence hall room. If you find that you need additional computing assistance, just contact the UVA Help Desk. They are open 24/7 at (434) 924-HELP.

Fall Orientation Programming and Events

Fall Orientation begins on the Friday of Move-In Weekend and continues throughout the first week of classes. This orientation program is in addition to the Summer Orientation sessions. Fall Orientation includes a wide variety of academic and social programming.

For the complete schedule of events, download the Fall Orientation app guide on your phone! Or refer to the PDF version of the Fall Orientation schedule.
Please be sure to update your app guide or check this page for any schedule changes.

For All Students: your first days at UVA

Friday, August 19

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Student IDs Prepared and Distributed
Observatory Hill Dining Hall – First Floor
For students who did not receive an ID at Summer Orientation. www.virginia.edu/idoffice/fall_pickup_16.html
8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Dining Halls Open
Observatory Hill and Runk Dining Halls
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Move into Residence Halls
First-Year Students: Check in with Resident Staff for information about mandatory meetings and welcome events.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Greeters Available
Student volunteers will be available in the first-year residential areas to assist new students with their move. Co-sponsored by UVA Student Council and Class Councils.
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Beat the Heat with the School of Engineering and Applied Science
Rice Hall
Cool off and take a break from moving in with a treat and lemonade.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
President’s Welcome Address
Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
For students and families assigned to Friday move-in.
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Welcome Meeting with Resident Advisors
Mandatory for all first-year students who move in on Friday
9:00 pm – midnight
Welcome Week Event: Amp Up the Arts
Amphitheater
Sponsored by University Programs Council (UPC)

Saturday, August 20

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Move into Residence Halls
First-Year and Transfer Students: Check in with Resident Staff for information about mandatory meetings and welcome events.
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Greeters Available
Student volunteers will be available in the first-year residential areas to assist new students with their move. Co-sponsored by UVA Student Council and Class Councils.
8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Dining Halls Open
Observatory Hill and Runk Dining Halls
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Student IDs prepared and distributed
Observatory Hill Dining Hall – First Floor
For students who did not receive an ID at Summer Orientation. www.virginia.edu/idoffice/fall_pickup_16.html
1:00 – 2:00 pm
President’s Welcome Address
Old Cabell Auditorium
For students and families assigned to Saturday move-in.
2:15 – 3:00 pm
Beat the Heat with the School of Engineering and Applied Science
Rice Hall
Cool off and take a break from moving in with a treat and lemonade.
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
College of Arts & Sciences Welcome Address
Old Cabell Auditorium
2:15 – 3:00 pm
School of Architecture Welcome Address
Campbell 158 and East Gallery
2:15 – 3:00 pm
School of Nursing Welcoming Reception
Pavilion IX
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Office of African-American Affairs Welcome Reception
Ern Commons
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Dining Hall Open
Newcomb Dining Hall
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Welcome Meeting with Resident Advisors: First Year and Transfer Students
Residence Halls
Mandatory for all first-year and transfer students who move in on Saturday.
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Welcome Week Program: J. Cole featuring Bas & Cozz
John Paul Jones Arena
Sponsored by the University Programs Council
Doors will open at 8:00 p.m. Incoming UVA first years and transfer students will receive their free tickets at move-in. Upperclass students wanting to purchase tickets may do so through Ticketmaster.
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POST J. COLE CONCERT ACTIVITIES

9:00 pm – 2:00 am
After Hours at the AFC
Aquatic & Fitness Center

  • Giant Basketball Challenge Obstacle Course
  • Virtual Graffiti Wall w/Assorted Backgrounds
  • Inflatable Twister
  • Wrecking Ball Inflatable
  • Nine-Hole Mini Golf
  • Name Beads
  • Food Trucks and a variety of food offerings (provided by UVA Dining Services)
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
Dorm Programs
RAs will lead a variety of social programs in each first-year association including a variety of movies and games. Events will vary from building to building – check with your RA.
10:00 pm – 1:00 am
Something in a Mug
Meet at O-Hill at 9:45 pm and walk over to 2000 Stadium Road
Sponsored by Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
www.xaatuva.com/mug
Midnight – 2:00 am
Lambeth Food Station
Free food will be available in the Lambeth Residential Area.
 

Fall Orientation Programs

All first-year and transfer students will have events scheduled during the day on Sunday before opening convocation. Please refer to the Fall Orientation app guide or the Fall Orientation PDF schedule for complete details.

Opening Convocation and Honor Induction

All new students attend this official welcome to the University community. The Chair of the Honor Committee and Honor’s keynote speaker introduce students to the honor code and all students are asked to sign the honor pledge.

Grounds for Discussion

Grounds for Discussion is a student-directed and student-performed theatrical production required for all First Years and held every year during Fall Orientation. The eight member casts performs skits focused on the issues and decisions facing first-year students, which include high-risk drinking, the honor code, roommate disagreements, eating disorders, and sexual assault. Follow-up residence hall discussions with resident assistants are an evening complement to the performance.

Project SERVE

Project SERVE is an annual event with a twofold mission: to introduce incoming students to service and service learning opportunities at U.Va. and to familiarize participants with some of the local agencies that rely on the continued dedication and commitment of the University community. Many of our incoming students have been actively engaged in volunteer service during their high school careers and are looking for a way to continue it in college. Project SERVE provides all students with an opportunity to make these connections and form lasting friendships with like-minded volunteers.

Other Fall Orientation activities include:

  • Academic programming by school
  • Additional academic advising meetings
  • Placement testing
  • Residential community building activities
  • Important safety information sessions
  • Diversity programming
  • The Student Activities Fair
  • First-Year Food Fest
  • Social programming