Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any additional questions not answered here or on this website, please contact us.
Do all new students have to attend Summer Orientation?
Yes (with the exception of RN to BSN Nursing students). You are expected to attend the appropriate summer session for your school of enrollment.
Orientation is where you will learn about the University, ask questions, meet with an academic advisor, sign up for classes, and get to know people.
You will have the chance to speak with representatives from various offices, including Housing and Residence Life, and Dining Serivces. Additionally, you will take care of many logistical details, such as familiarizing yourself with Grounds and getting your student ID.
Am I at a disadvantage with regard to course enrollment if I don't attend one of the earliest orientation sessions?
We reserve spaces in classes that are popular for first-year students and release them incrementally throughout the summer, which means that your chances of successfully adding into CHEM 1410 (for example) are just as good in Session G as they are in Session A.
Simply plan to attend the orientation session that is appropriate for your particular school and works best with your summer schedule.
When and how will I be able to sign up for a Summer Orientation session?
You will be able to register for Summer Orientation 72 hours after you have paid your $400 deposit and once you have taken the Responsible Computing Tutorial and activated your U.Va. Email.
You will complete the registration process in the Register section of this website.
After you have activated your U.Va. Email, you will also be able to take care of all your pre-enrollment requirements such as applying for housing and choosing a dining plan.
How do I know which session to register for?
You should plan to attend one of the sessions for the school in which you are enrolled.
You can find out which sessions you are eligible for by selecting your school, year, and program (if applicable) in the Dates section of the site.
Do not make travel arrangements until you receive your session selection confirmation at the end of the online registration process.
What does it cost?
The student fee for Summer Orientation is $210 for first years and $130 for transfers (included in the tuition and fees bill you will receive in July). All students must pay this fee regardless of whether or not they attend orientation.
Do my parents/guests have to come with me to Summer Orientation?
Yes. We welcome students to register parents/guests for Summer Orientation; in fact we strongly encourage it. In past years the vast majority of students who attended Summer Orientation brought at least one guest.
While at orientation, parents and guests participate in a parallel program that will provide them with the opportunity to have all of their questions answered about various University resources (Student Financial Services, Student Life, etc.).
Because of space constraints, students are only allowed to register a maximum of two guests. All of the programs are targeted for parents/guardians, and we are unable to provide daycare services for younger siblings.
Do parents/guests have to pay?
Yes. The guest fee for orientation is $60 per person to cover parking, transportation, meals, an evening reception, and program materials.
Where will I stay during Summer Orientation? What about my guest(s)?
First-year students will be provided with overnight accommodations in either Hereford Residential College or Gooch Residence on Day One of their orientation session.
Transfer students needing overnight accommodations at the end of their session (E or F) may take advantage of optional one-night housing in Hereford for an additional $44, which can be paid at Check-In.
Parents and guests are responsible for their own overnight accommodations. Some area hotels do offer discounts and/or hold rooms for orientation.
Can I add a guest after I have already registered for Summer Orientation?
Yes. To add a guest go to http://www.virginia.edu/orientation/summer/register.html
Click on "Register". This should prompt you to netbadge into the Orientation registration system with your U.Va. computing ID and password. Scroll down to Guest Registration and click "Add Guest". Enter guest information and desired payment option.
Do I need to take a Chemistry Placement Exam?
Students interested in taking chemistry in the first year should read the advising document at http://chem.virginia.edu/undergraduate-studies/general-chemistry-options/. At this site there is a link to an assessment with directions that students should take prior to coming to Grounds for summer orientation. The assessment and the advising document will provide you with guidelines as to the choices and preparation recommendations for registering for general chemistry.
Where do my guests and I park?
For July sessions parking for students is available adjacent to the Student Activities Building (SAB), where Summer Orientation Check-In will take place. View Map. Upon checking in, students will receive a parking permit which will allow you to park in the SAB lot for the two-day period. Guests however will park in the Emmett Ivy garage, located near Central Grounds, for long term parking. For Session H held in August, short-term parking will be available at the Check-In-Period ONLY. Upon checking in, you will receive directions to the extended lot where you will park during the remainder of Session H.
What do I do if I require special accommodations for a medical, physical, or disability-related need? Will the University be able to provide for parents/guests who need special assistance?
We will do everything we can to make your Summer Orientation visit a wonderful experience.
For information regarding special needs accommodations for you or your guests, please visit the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center (LNEC) website or call the center at 434.243.5180 or 434.243.5189 (V/TTY).
You will also have an opportunity to note any special needs for you and/or your guests during the orientation registration process.
What is a UID (University ID) and how do I retrieve it?
Your University ID is the nine-digit number (NOT your Social Security number) assigned to you by the University. It will be your ID number throughout your time at the University.
You can retrieve your UID online. You will need your U.Va. Student System ID number from the email acknowledging receipt of your application.
My aid and/or scholarship hasn't shown up yet. What should I do?
If you are an entering student and have submitted all forms by the priority filing dates, completed all your To Do List items (allow approximately 4 weeks from the date of submission of the last document), and have not received your preliminary financial aid award notification by April 15th, please contact Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you submitted your application materials after the priority filing date of March 1, 2013, please allow approximately 4 weeks of processing time for Student Financial Services to complete the processing of your preliminary award package.
Once the preliminary award is complete, you should receive an email notifying you to look in the Finances section of your Student Center for the award details.
When do I take my foreign language placement exams?
If you are a student needing to take the French or Spanish placement exam, please take the exam online BEFORE coming to Orientation.
First-year students interested in taking the German, Latin, or Russian placement exam will be able to take them during Summer Orientation.
Transfer students will be able to take those exams in the fall.
All students needing to take other language placement exams will have the opportunity to take them during Fall Orientation. For a list of languages and more information on language requirements please click here.
How does course registration work at orientation?
Students will meet in small groups with Orientation Leaders to design a schedule on Day One of Orientation. Faculty members will be on site as a resource for students who may have questions.
On Day Two, students will have a pre-assigned course registration time during which graduate students/staff will input their schedule into the Student Information System (SIS).
Transfers—with the exception of Architecture and Engineering students—will have their schedules entered into SIS on the same day.
What is Project SERVE?
Project SERVE is a one-day program that gives new students an opportunity to participate in important service activities throughout the community and to learn about the many service avenues available to them. It is sponsored by Student Activities and various community service organizations.
Project SERVE 2013 is scheduled for Saturday, September 14th beginning at 10 a.m. You will have an opportunity to sign up for Project SERVE when you register online for Orientation. Note: If you have already registered for Summer Orientation, you can re-enter the system to sign up for Project SERVE.
What is UVAExpress and how do I register for it?
UVAExpress is free, coordinated transportation from Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. and from Charlottesville Airport to the University of Virginia on Monday, August 19, and Tuesday, August 20.
Be sure to register on the UVAExpress website.
The program is coordinated by the University of Virginia's Office of Engagement. It is financially supported by an U.Va. alumnus in Singapore and the U.Va. Parents Committee.
What happens is if I don’t return my room key/access card given to me during Summer Orientation?
If you don’t return your key by the end of Check-Out during your orientation session you will be charged a fee for a lock/core change, key(s) replacement and swipe card de-activation. If you stayed in Hereford the fee would be $95 for the room key and $40 for the access card. If you stayed overnight in Gooch the fee would $150 for suite key and $100 for the room key.