For Parents

Please join us for Parent Orientation so you can learn about the student experience at UVA. Most students who attend Summer Orientation bring at least one parent or guest. We look forward to meeting you!

For Parents

Welcome to the University of Virginia! You will now begin to receive a great deal of information from the University, and in that spirit, below are a few of the most critical next steps in the process for you and your new Wahoo.

All new first-year undergraduate students are expected to attend one of the seven two-day orientation sessions offered in July. In addition, we offer one final session immediately before Move-In Days. This final session is typically reserved for students who live outside the country as well as for domestic students traveling great distances to Virginia.

Transfer students are expected to attend orientation as well, but their program is one day instead of two. Two sessions are offered: One session is for students transferring as Third Years into the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, Curry School of Education, or Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The other transfer session is for Second Years transferring into the College.

Additional Details

Registration: We strongly encourage incoming students to register early since sessions fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not make summer travel arrangements until you have completed the orientation registration process and your student’s session dates are confirmed.

You may want to complete the registration process together to ensure that the correct number of guest registrations is entered and the desired method of payment is indicated.

The Program: The Parent/Guest Orientation program, which runs concurrently with the student program, is a valuable means for you to learn about the student experience at UVA and to receive information tailored specifically for you. Most students who attend Summer Orientation bring at least one parent or guest.

If you are the parent of a first-year student coming to orientation in July, you will check in with your student before joining other parents for brunch followed by afternoon programming. The next day will consist of programs and presentations again tailored just for you.

Lodging:  Family members and guests must make their own arrangements in local hotels. Students attending orientation are housed overnight on Grounds.

Arrival and departure:  Participants attending the two-day program will need to arrive early in the morning on Day One of their session, and they will finish by late afternoon on Day Two. Please do not schedule flights that leave Charlottesville before 5:30 p.m., since some students will have course advising and registration times late in the afternoon.

Fees: The student orientation fee will appear on the fall tuition and fees bill, but the parent/guest fee ($70 per guest) must be paid at the time of online registration via credit card or electronic check.

Parents on Grounds


This website includes many helpful resources that you may wish to review before coming to the University. On it, you will find:

If you have remaining questions that the website does not address, please feel free to contact us at

We are very excited that you have chosen to join the UVA family, and we look forward to seeing you at Summer Orientation!