Fall Orientation

Move-In Days 2017

Friday/Saturday Check-In

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

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, August 19, 2017 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 Programs

All first-year and transfer students will have events scheduled during the day on Sunday before opening convocation.

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