The following schedules for summer 2015 will provide you with a general outline of what is covered in your Orientation program. The schedules will be updated continuously throughout the summer.

Session J Parent/Guest · Wednesday, August 19

Check the Parents section of the website for information on evening activities in the Charlottesville area.

10:00 – 1:00 pm

Check-In · Ern Commons-Alderman Road Residential Area

Park in the Slaughter Recreation Center lot and then walk over to Ern Commons to sign in, pick up orientation/academic information and students will pick up their ID. Following check-in, help your student move directly into his/her assigned housing.

UVAExpress. International students and guests participating in Session J can take advantage of UVAExpress, a free, coordinated bus transportation and hospitality program for international students from Dulles International Airport in Washington, and DC to the University of Virginia on Monday, August 17 and Tuesday August 18, 2015 Make 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.

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Optional Dinner · Newcomb Dining Room

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Welcome Dinner for International Students and Parents · Slaughter Recreational Center

International first-year and transfer students and their families are invited to a casual dinner. Hosted by the University’s Office of Engagement, guests will have the opportunity to meet University faculty and staff, key University leaders, new classmates and their families and student leaders.  Please consider public transportation, walking or a taxi. Limited parking is available.  If you would like to attend, please register by August 13 at

Thursday, August 20

9:00 – 9:45 am

Continental Breakfast · Old Cabell Hall Portico

9:45 – 10:30 am

Welcome Address · Old Cabell Hall Auditorium

Pat Lampkin - Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Jeff Legro - Vice Provost for Global Affairs

Hear about enduring traditions and new initiatives by important members of the U.Va. community including the Vice President & Chief Student Affairs Officer.

10:45 – 11:15 am

Parents as Partners · Old Cabell Hall Auditorium

Allen Groves - Associate Vice President and University Dean of Students

Join the University’s Dean of Students for a candid conversation of how the University interacts with students and parents and what to expect as your student navigates the college experience. 
11:15 – 11:45 pm

Not on Our Grounds: Safety at U.Va. · Old Cabell Hall Auditorium

Nicole Thomas - Program Coordinator for Prevention
Nicole Eramo - Associate Dean of Students
Susie Bruce - Director, Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Ben Rexrode - University Police Department

Hear from a panel of University representatives about current safety initiatives and how the University works to educate students about safety and prevention resources available on and off Grounds.

11:45 – 12:15 pm

Supporting Your Student’s Career Aspirations· Old Cabell Hall Auditorium

Everette Fortner - Associate Vice President, Career & Professional Development

Hear about the career development process used at the University’s Career Center, get an overview of the services available, and learn strategies to engage your student in discussions about his/her interests, skills, and aspirations.

11:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch in Newcomb Dining Room

1:30 – 2:15 pm

Money Matters · Newcomb Kaleidoscope

Sarah Doran - Assistant Director, Student Financial Services

Members of the Student Financial Services team will discuss how to best stay informed about tuition, payment options and more.  There will be an opportunity to ask specific questions regarding financing your education.

2:30 – 3:30 pm

International Health Insurance · Newcomb Kaleidoscope

Meena Sirivastava - Financial & Insurance Specialist, Student Health

Get your questions answered about insurance for international students.  

3:30 – 5:00 pm

International Parents Question and Answer Panel · Newcomb Kaleidoscope

Richard Tanson - Senior International Student & Scholar Advisor

Interact with members of the International Studies Office to ask any non-academic questions you may have.

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Optional Dinner · Newcomb Dining Room

Friday, August 21

9:00 – 10:00 am

Connecting College and Career · Monroe 130

Rachel Most - Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs

Learn more about the College of Arts & Science’s curricula and how students use the liberal arts degree.

9:30 – 10:30 am

Health and Wellness at U.Va. · Newcomb Gallery

Chris Holstege - Executive Director, Elson Student Health Center

Representatives of the Department of Student Health, including Counseling and Psychological Services, will present important information about health services, immunization and insurance requirements, and confidentiality. 

10:00 – 11:00 am

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

Rebecca Leonard - Associate Dean for Student Services

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

11:00am – 12:00 pm

Library Tour · Harrison Small Special Collections Library

Todd Burks - Library Specialist Senior

Join us for a walking tour of three of U.Va.’s 13 libraries. Get a glimpse of some of our 5.5 million books and find out where many students study. The tour starts with a visit to the Harrison Small Special Collections Library to see a few unique items, including a rare example of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence.

11:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch · Newcomb Dining Room

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Resource Fair · Newcomb Ballroom

Participants include offices such as the Office of the Dean of Students, Office of African-American Affairs, U.Va. Career Center, Student Health, and the International Studies Office.

1:30 – 2:30 pm

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

Kellie Sauls - Director of Financial Aid and Admissions

Learn more about the Batten School curricula and application procedures and ask any questions you may have.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

School of Engineering & Applied Science Information Session for Parents · Mechanical Engineering 205

Lisa Lampe - Director of Undergraduate Success

Learn more about the engineering program from faculty and students, and ask any outstanding questions.