Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions About Me

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 Services. Additionally, you will take care of many logistical details, such as familiarizing yourself with Grounds and getting your student ID.

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 tuition deposit and once you have taken the Responsible Computing Tutorial and activated your UVA email account.

You will complete the registration process in the Register section of this website.

After you have activated your UVA email account, you will also be able to take care of all your pre-enrollment requirements such as applying for housing and choosing a dining plan.

What does it cost?

The student fee for Summer Orientation is $210 for First Years and $130 for Transfers (already included in the tuition and fees bill you will receive in July). All students will have already paid this fee regardless of whether or not they attend orientation.

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.

How do I modify or change my session selection after I’ve already confirmed one?

To change your orientation session after you have already confirmed a session, you may log back into the system any time prior to June 1 to change your session date.  Go to the Registration Page.  Click on Register. This will prompt you to Netbadge into the orientation registration system using your UVA computing ID and password. Scroll down to Session Information and click Modify Orientation Session.  Update your session selection and a new confirmation letter will be sent to you.


Where will I stay during Summer Orientation? What about my guest(s)?

First-year students will be provided with overnight accommodations in the Alderman Road Residential area 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 Alderman for an additional $42, 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.

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 seven-digit UVA Student Information System (SIS) ID number from the email acknowledging receipt of your application.

What happens if I don’t return the room access card given to me during Summer Orientation?

If you don’t return your access card by the end of check-out during your orientation session you will be charged $40 replacement card fee. If your card is damage but returned during your session you will be charged a $20 damaged card fee.

What is UVA Express and how do I register for it?

UVA Express is free, coordinated transportation from Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. and from Charlottesville Airport to the University of Virginia on Monday, August 15, and Tuesday, August 16.

Be sure to register on the UVA Express website.

This service is for international students only.

The program is coordinated by the University of Virginia's Office of Engagement. It is financially supported by a UVA alumnus in Singapore and the UVA Parents Committee.

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 2016 is scheduled for Friday, August 26th from 2-6 pm. 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.

Questions About My Academics

When do I take my foreign language placement exams?

If you are a student needing to take the French, Spanish or German placement exam, please take the exam online BEFORE coming to orientation.

First-year students interested in taking the 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.

Do I need to take a Chemistry Placement Exam?

Students interested in taking chemistry in the first year should read the advising document at 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.


How does course registration work at orientation?

First Year Students
Students will meet in small groups with Orientation Leaders to review a schedule on Day One of Orientation. Faculty advisors 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).

Transfer Students
Transfer students will meet with Orientation Leaders to review a schedule in the morning. They will have their schedule entered into SIS on the same day.

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.

Questions Regarding My Parents/Guests

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 $70 per person to cover parking, transportation, meals, an evening reception, and program materials.


Can I add a guest after I have already registered for Summer Orientation?

Yes. To add a guest go to
Click on Register. This should prompt you to Netbadge into the orientation registration system using your UVA computing ID and password. Scroll down to Guest Registration and click Modify Guest. Enter guest information and desired payment option.

Where will my guest stay during Summer Orientation?

Parents and guests are responsible for their own overnight accommodations. Some area hotels do offer discounts and/or hold rooms for orientation.

Both Students and Guest Questions

Where do my guests and I park?

For ALL sessions in July parking for Summer Orientation for both students and their guests will be located at the Emmett/Ivy Parking Garage (EIG). View map. Upon parking, there will be shuttle buses available to transport students and guests to the Student Activities Building where check-in will take place. If you park your car in any area other than the designated parking in the EIG, you will receive a parking ticket.

For Session J held in August, park in the Slaughter Recreation Center lot (View map), and then walk over to Ern Commons to check in and pick up orientation/academic information and your student ID. Upon checking in, you will receive directions to Emmett/Ivy Parking Garage where you will park during the remainder of Session J.

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 Student Disability Access Services (SDAC) 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.


My financial aid hasn't shown up yet. What should I do?

If you are an entering student for Fall 2016 and you submitted the FAFSA and the CSS/Profile by March 1st, completed all your other To Do List items (allow approximately 4 weeks from the date of submission of the last document) prior to March 1st, and you have not received your preliminary financial aid award notification by April 15th, please contact Student Financial Services at

If you submitted your application materials after March 1, 2016, please allow approximately 4 weeks from the time of submission 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.

I have an outside scholarship. How does that work?

To report a non-UVA scholarship (outside scholarship), complete and submit the "Report Outside Scholarships and Other Benefits" form found under the correct academic year at our Forms page. Alternately, after May 15th each year, you may self-report your scholarships in your SIS Student Center. Click the "Report Outside Scholarship" link in the Finances section. Please choose only one method of reporting to avoid delays in repackaging your financial aid.

Unless otherwise specifically requested in writing by the donor or awarding agency, Student Financial Services will credit one half of the scholarship amount to the fall charges and one half to the spring. If you wish to have the entire amount applied to one semester only, please contact the donor to have them provide documentation of their request.

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