These daily schedules from the 2014 session will give you a general outline of what the Orientation program covers. The dates for 2015 orientation on this website are current, and official daily schedules will be posted by mid-May.

First Year · Day One

7:30 – 10:15 am

Check-In · Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage and Student Activities Building

Park at the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage, then shuttle to the Student Activities Building to sign in, pick up orientation and academic information. Pick up student ID, as assigned, in The Forum at Observatory Hill (located in the Alderman Road Residential Area).

8:30 – 10:30 am

Placement Exams

You will need a Number 2 pencil.

  • Russian: Monroe 116 (exam administered only at 8:30am)
  • Latin: Monroe 124 (exam administered only at 9:00am)
11:00 – 11:45 am

Welcome Address · Old Cabell Hall Auditorium

Hear about enduring traditions and new initiatives by important members of the U.Va. community.

11:45 – 12:30 pm

Meet Your Orientation Leader · The Lawn

Team up with your student Orientation Leader on the Lawn and get to know members of your class. (Rain Sites: Various Locations)

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Lunch in Newcomb Dining Room

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Dean’s Address and Course Scheduling Workshops

Meet with a dean from your school of enrollment who will present academic requirements and work with Orientation Leaders and faculty members to build your fall course schedule. If possible, bring transcripts, SAT II, AP, and language placement exam scores.

  • Arts and Sciences: Chemistry 402
  • Arts and Sciences Transition Students: Chemistry 304 (Session B only)
  • Arts and Sciences Student Athletes: Newcomb Theater (Session B only)
  • Arts and Sciences Echols Scholars: Monroe 130 (Session C, D & G only)
  • Engineering and Applied Science: Mechanical Engineering 205
  • Nursing: Claude Moore Nursing Education G120 (Session A only)
  • Architecture: Campbell 158 (Session B only)
  • Education: Bavaro Atrium (Session D only)
5:15 – 6:15 pm

Dinner in Newcomb Dining Room

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Student Life at U.Va.

Various Locations (See your Course Registration Sheet for exact locations)

Ask a panel of Orientation Leaders questions about acclimating to student life.

8:00 – 8:30 pm

Meetings with Orientation Leaders · Alderman Road Residences

Meet with Orientation Leaders to review Day One events and prepare for Day Two.

9:00 – 11:00 pm

Fun at the AFC/ Evening Activities · Aquatic and Fitness Center

Join classmates for an evening of music and food, mingle with Orientation Leaders, take a hip-hop or Zumba class, or enjoy a late-night hike.

Day Two

8:00 – 9:00 am

Breakfast in Observatory Hill Dining Room

9:00 – 4:00 pm

Course Registration

During your assigned time, bring your course selections to the following locations to register for courses.  Language placement exam scores will only be distributed during this time in Newcomb MAC Lab (located on the Lower Level of Newcomb Hall).

  • Arts & Sciences: Newcomb Hall MAC Lab (Lower Level Newcomb Hall)
  • Engineering & Applied Science: Mechanical Engineering 213
  • Nursing: Claude Moore Nursing Education-See course registration sheet for exact location  (Session A only)
  • Architecture: Campbell-Shure Insight Lab Studio (Session B only)
  • Education: Bavaro Atruim (Session D only)
2:30 – 5:00 pm

Check-Out · Student Activities Building and The Forum at Observatory Hill

Check-Out will not begin before 2:30 pm.

Students will turn in swipe/access card, register for U.Va. Emergency text messaging and pick up student ID card as assigned from The Forum at Observatory Hill (located in the Alderman Road Residential Area).  Please note: students who do not turn in their swipe/access card at Check-out will be charged a $40 fee.

Day Two Additional Programming Opportunities

9:00 – 10:00 am

McIntire School of Commerce Information Session for Parents and Prospective Students · Rouss/Robertson 120

Learn about the curricula, courses, and application procedures for entering the School of Commerce.

10:00 am

Bus Tour of Grounds

Meet Orientation Leaders outside of Observatory Hill Dining Room

Take a tour of Grounds on a University Transit bus led by an Orientation Leader.
11:00 am

Walking Tours of Classroom Buildings

Meet Orientation Leader on the steps of Old Cabell Hall.

Take a tour of University classroom buildings.
10:00 am
11:00 am

All You Need to Know About Computers and Textbooks at U.V.a · Newcomb Commonwealth Room

Learn about the exclusive benefits available to you through the CAV Computer Program and the U.Va. Bookstore textbook department.

11:00 – 11:30am

Dining Services and Cavalier Advantage Information Session · Newcomb South Meeting Room

Learn more about U.Va’s meal plan options, Plus Dollars and how to get most out of your Cavalier Advantage card.

11:00 – 11:30am

Library Tour · Small Special Collections Library

Join us for a walking tour of three of U.Va.’s 13 libraries. Get a glimpse of some of our 5.2 million books and find out where many students work, study, and create using cutting-edge technology. The tour starts with a visit to the Small Special Collections Library to see a few of our one-of-a-kind items, including a rare example of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence.

11:30 – 12:15pm

Fraternity and Sorority Life at U.Va. · Newcomb Theater

Learn about Greek life from members of the Fraternity and Sorority Life team.

11:30 – 2:00 pm

Lunch in Newcomb Dining Room

12:00 – 4:00 pm

Residence Hall Open House

Visit a room in the McCormick Road residential area.  See map for exact location.

12:30 – 2:30 pm

Resource Fair · Newcomb Ballroom

Participants include offices such as: Office of the Dean of Students, Office of African-American Affairs, University Career Services, Student Health, the International Studies Office, The Bookstore, Cavalier Advantage, Cavalier Computers, Dining, Housing & Residence Life and Information Technology Services (ITS).

1:00 – 1:45pm

Global Pathways Through Education Abroad · Newcomb Theater

As a globally focused institution U.Va. supports many opportunities to engage with cultures, languages, and globally relevant topics.  Learn more about creating your global pathway with education/study abroad at U.Va.

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Curry School of Education Information Session for Parents and Prospective Students · Bavaro Atrium

Learn more about the Curry’s Schools curricula and application procedures for the various degrees offered.

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy Information Session for Parents and Prospective Students · Garrett Hall in the Great Hall

Learn more about U.Va’s newest school’s curricula and application procedures and ask any questions you may have.