Transfer Students

On behalf of the Office of the Dean of Students/Orientation & New Student Programs, welcome to the University of Virginia! Students transferring to UVA bring a wealth of experiences and backgrounds, and come from more than 200 other institutions of higher learning across the United States and around the world. We’re delighted that you’ve chosen the University as the place to make your mark.

Transfer Student Peer Advisor Program

The Transfer Student Peer Advisor (TSPA) Program pairs current upperclass students with new transfer students. Incoming students should be contacted by their TSPA during the summer prior to enrollment, and TSPAs should keep in touch with students throughout the academic year. TSPAs coordinate events for their small groups, and the TSPA chairs work to bring together all TSPAs and new transfer students. Selection for TSPAs for the coming year takes place in the spring.

Transfer Student Orientation Program

Students who are transferring in the fall semester to the University from another college or university are expected to attend Summer and Fall Orientation programs. You will receive information after the University receives your acceptance and tuition deposit. The cost of the undergraduate orientation program will be included in your fall tuition and fees bill, and includes the advising, programming and dining costs during your session. Transfer students needing overnight accommodations at the end of their session may take advantage of optional one-night housing on Grounds for an additional fee, which can be paid at Check-In.

In addition, the University sponsors a one-day orientation in January for students who transfer mid-year. If you are attending Orientation in January, we look forward to seeing you soon! Orientation will be held on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

During Summer Orientation, you will have your student ID card made, select classes and learn about services for students. Your parents may wish to attend the parallel guest Orientation program during the summer. If you are absolutely unable to attend, you will receive information from Orientation & New Student Programs regarding how best to prepare for classes in the fall.

During Transfer Welcome Week in the fall, you can participate in Project SERVE, a one-day community service event; take a bus tour of Grounds; attend the Transfer Student Garden Party; and much more!

There will also be plenty of social events planned by your Transfer Student Peer Advisor throughout the semester, such as apple-picking at Carter’s Mountain or attending the Lighting of the Lawn ceremony.

Ongoing Support

Throughout your time at the University, Orientation and New Student Programs can help you work through challenging situations, discuss individual and community issues of concern, and develop programming ideas. You may contact Aaron Laushway (, Associate Dean of Students, or Sarah Dodge (, Program Coordinator for Orientation and New Student Programs, with any questions or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to support you!

Additional support and resources are available through your school of enrollment. Contacts in each of the schools include:

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