Division of Student Affairs
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (The Rotunda,
SW Wing, 924-7984, www.virginia.edu/vpsa) This office provides administrative
leadership that supports and complements the academic and service mission of
the University. The office seeks to expand the intellectual, social, and cultural
horizons of the student body through a broad range of support services and programs
that parallel the Universitys formal academic curriculum. The Division
of Student Affairs supports maintaining a diverse student community that consists
of the ablest and most promising students from the Commonwealth of Virginia
and beyond, and is committed to expanding the educational opportunities that
maximize student learning and promote student development.
Office of the Dean of Students (Peabody Hall, Second Floor,
924-7133, www.virginia.edu/deanofstudents) By connecting with other departments
and offices around Grounds, this Office supports the needs of students and student
communities, and identifies resources to respond to those needs. The Office
of the Dean of Students serves as an advocate and a support for the student
body, student organizations, as well as individual students.
The Office of the Dean of Students is a place that any student
or family member can turn when uncertain about where else to go. This Office
may provide a referral to a specific program or service to address any problem,
or may offer general assistance. The core purpose of the Office of the Dean
of Students is most fully realized by helping students turn ideas into realities,
overcome hurdles, or solve personal problems.
Center for Alcohol and Substance Education (2400 Old Ivy
Road, Suite C, 924-5276, www.virginia.edu/case) The Center for Alcohol and
Substance Education (CASE) provides the University of Virginia community with
educational activities and prevention programs related to substance abuse concerns.
CASE supports peer education and provides training and consultation in order
to increase knowledge of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug issues and decrease
the negative consequences associated with high-risk drinking and illegal drug
use among UVa students.
Newcomb Hall/University Programs Council (Newcomb Hall,
924-3329, www.virginia.edu/newcombhall) Located centrally on the Grounds,
Newcomb Hall is the community center for students, faculty, staff, and guests
of the university. Newcomb Hall provides a lively and comfortable atmosphere
for many services and events that are an essential part of university life.
Newcomb Hall is the hub for student activities, and houses several offices that
provide a wide range of cultural, social, and recreational programs.
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (170 Rugby Road,
924-7430, www.virginia.edu/ofsl) The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
works closely with the four Greek governing councils and their respective chapters:
the six Black Fraternal Council chapters, eight Multicultural Greek Council
chapters, thirty-one Inter-Fraternal Council chapters, and sixteen Inter-Sorority
Council chapters, as well as their alumni/ae and general headquarters, to support
student self-governance at the chapter and council levels. This office was created
to strengthen a fraternity and sorority system that marked its sesquicentennial
in the fall of 2002.
Office of Orientation and New Student Programs (1 Poe Alley,
982-4555, www.virginia.edu/orientation) The Office of Orientation and New
Student Programs works with other University departments to implement summer
and fall orientation for new first-year and transfer students. The office also
coordinates other programs, events, and services throughout the academic year,
including the Transfer Student Peer Advisor program; SERVE, a community service
program that introduces new students to service opportunities in Charlottesville;
Family Weekend; and support for the International Students Offices work
with new international students; as well as many other services.
Office of Residence Life (Dabney House, 924-3736, www.virginia.edu/residencelife)
The Residence Life Program generates and maintains an environment in University
Housing that facilitates the physical well being of students and emphasizes
opportunities for personal and intellectual growth, self-governance, social
and cultural programming, and informal interaction with faculty members. The
Residence Life Program is a model of student, faculty, and staff cooperation
The Residence Life Office includes the student Resident Staff,
three deans, four area coordinators, and four administrative assistants. The
deans and area coordinators are full-time professionals with advanced degrees
and years of experience working with college students in residence halls at
the University of Virginia and other institutions. They mentor and supervise
Resident Staff and work directly with students in many other capacities. Resident
Staff members seek to establish the residence halls as welcoming, secure living
areas by representing and promoting high standards of achievement and conduct
expected of students at the University of Virginia. In total, over 245 individuals
invest their time and talent to create a dynamic learning experience in UVas
Office of Student Life (Peabody Hall, Second Floor, 924-7133,
www.virginia.edu/deanofstudents/studentlife) Student Life staff work on
a wide variety of initiatives and programs, and this unit serves as a center
for the generalist responsibilities of the Office of the Dean of Students, particularly
to students living off Grounds. Some areas of emphasis include outreach and
advising for Asian and Asian Pacific American students and Hispanic/Latino students;
work with a range of student ethnic and cultural groups and organizations; support
to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students; programs to
encourage the expansion of cultural boundaries such as Passport and Kaleidoscope
Center for Cultural Fluency (in partnership with Newcomb Hall); resources and
response for sexual assault; and assistance to students with children. The Office
of Student Life works with individual students, student groups, families, and
faculty members to provide information, advice, counsel, and assistance in solving
Office of African-American Affairs (Luther P. Jackson House,
4 Dawsons Row, P.O. Box 400132, 924-7923, www.virginia.edu/oaaa) The
mission of the Office of African-American Affairs is to assist the University
in providing a welcoming environment for African-American students. To this
end, it works in partnership with academic and student affairs offices
In addition, the OAAA offers a variety of programs. For example,
its nationally acclaimed Peer Advisor Program provides personalized and sensitive
outreach to assist first-year and entering transfer students with their college
transition. The Student-Faculty Mentoring Program offers nurturing experiences
for students intellectual and career-related development. The Tutorial
Service gives support in academic areas ranging from chemistry to foreign language.
In areas of cultural growth, the OAAAs Luther Porter Jackson Cultural
Center offers University-wide workshops, lectures, performances, and exhibitions
related to the African-American experience. The Nat Turner Library is a repository
for print and audiovisual materials documenting the black experience in the
United States. The Harris-Bland Computer Lab offers opportunities for expanded
The OAAA also has a variety of services, including academic
monitoring, outreach, and recognition; personal counseling and advising; University
orientation; alumni networking; and student advocacy.
And finally, the OAAA works with parents through its Parents
Advisory Association. The organization provides additional support through a
variety of activities, such as annual meetings with the administration and faculty,
get-acquainted events for incoming families, and emergency loans.
University Career Services (Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium,
924-8900, www.virginia.edu/career) The primary mission of this office is
to ensure that undergraduate and graduate students achieve their career-related
goals, whether those goals are to continue their education, secure employment,
or some combination of the two. UCS accomplishes this mission by providing a
variety of programs and services designed to help students explore career options,
experience future work environments, learn career decision-making and effective
job searching strategies, and make connections with employers.
Within the context of exploring career options, students have
the opportunity to begin by assessing their personal values, interests, and
skillsa foundational process often referred to as self-assessment. To
support students in the self-assessment process, UCS offers individual and small
group advising, career planning courses for academic credit, an extensive career
resource library with numerous materials in both print and electronic formats.
It also maintains a network of more than 25,000 UVa alumni who have volunteered
to provide career advice to currently enrolled students.
UCS offers several programs that allow students to experience
future work environments as they continue to clarify their career goals. Foremost
among these is the Extern Program, a one-week opportunity in which students
gain exposure to specific career fields. Many students use UCS resources to
seek internships and gain experience that may or may not be directly related
to their academic majors or career interests. A number of programs and services
support both externships and internships, the most popular of which is the Internship
Job Fair. Annually, approximately 400 employers from a variety of fields visit
the Grounds to meet students who may be invited to work for their organizations.
Toward the completion of most academic programs, students find
themselves planning their futures. Some pursue graduate or professional schools,
while others seek permanent employment opportunities. UCS provides services
and programs to support both goals. Students pursuing admission into graduate
or professional schools often take advantage of the pre-medical, health professions,
pre-law, and graduate school advising services. Students pursuing permanent
employment participate in such programs as On-Grounds Interviewing, Minority
Career Day and other job fair programs, and electronic job listing services.
They also attend numerous workshops covering topics from writing professional
résumés to conducting effective job interviews.
Information about all UCS programs and services for University
of Virginia students is available on the UCS Web site. This site also connects
students to worldwide career and job search information and employment listings,
graduate school databases, and the affiliate career services offices supported
by the McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Engineering and Applied Science,
and the School of Architecture.
HELP Line (A Program of Madison House, 295-TALK, http://scs.student.virginia.edu/~madison/Help/mhopen.htm)
Individuals use this service to speak with trained volunteers who are non-directive,
non-judgmental, confidential, and empathic listeners. Referrals to professional
and long-term assistance are available. The hotline operates during most of
the academic year, Monday through Friday, from 12:00 noon to 7:00 A.M., and
24 hours a day on weekends.
Students with Disabilities (243-5180/V or 243-5189/TTY,
Fax: 243-5188, www.virginia.edu/vpsa/services.html) Students who have any
physical or emotional impairment that may require reasonable accommodation at
the University should contact the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center (LNEC)
in the Department of Student Health. Such disabilities may include (but are
not limited to) impaired vision, hearing, or mobility, or a specific learning
disability, such as dyslexia or ADHD. Students with disabilities must submit
appropriate documentation in support of a request for accommodations. As the
University continues to make the Grounds and its facilities convenient for everyone,
students are assured accessibility by reassignment of classroom space through
a need-based program. Students seeking academic accommodation are advised to
make early contact with the LNEC to ensure minimum disruption of classes and
progress toward their degree program. For more information about LNEC, please
see the section on Student Health.
Student Legal Services Program (204 University Way, 924-7524,
www.student.virginia.edu/~stud-leg) Legal counsel is available through this
office to those students who pay the student activities fee. One lawyer and
an administrative assistant, supported by student clerks and interns, assist
students with a wide variety of civil and criminal legal matters, including
contracts, criminal/traffic, consumer, uncontested divorce, landlord/tenant,
name change, non-profit organizations, and wills. The program also provides
referrals for issues outside of its domain (e.g., bankruptcy, estates, immigration,
real estate, personal injury, taxes). The initial consultation is free, and
subsequent fees are very low.
Transfer Student Peer Advisor Program (TSPA) (Office
of Orientation and New Student Programs, 1 Poe Alley, 982-4555, www.virginia.edu/orientation/tspa.html)
The primary goal of this program is to assist transfer student integration
to the University. Every year, approximately 30 students are selected to serve
as TSPAs. Each initiates contact with 15 to 20 transfer students during the
summer and then serves as a primary resource and guide for these students as
they enter the University.
Department of Student Health (Elson Student Health Center,
400 Brandon Avenue, www.virginia.edu/studenthealth) Student Health provides
outpatient care in general medicine, gynecology, and counseling and psychological
services to enrolled students. Confidentiality is strictly observed, consistent
with applicable law. When necessary, students are referred for specialty services
and hospitalization. Through its Office of Health Promotion, the professional
staff and Peer Health Educators of Student Health provide education and support
programs within the center and on Grounds.
Eligibility and Costs All students who pay the
UVa comprehensive fee along with tuition are eligible for services at Student
Health. Students in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies or students
who pay a reduced fee to maintain "non-resident" status are NOT eligible.
The comprehensive fee covers the costs of professional services described below.
There are fees charged for lab tests, medications, and some medical supplies
and equipment. Please call 243-2794.
Hours of Operation Student Health is open from 8:00
A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 noon on
Saturday. Hours vary during breaks and summer session. Clinicians are seen by
appointment. When Student Health is closed, telephone consultation is available
for urgent advice and health questions (call 972-7004). The University of Virginia
Hospital Emergency Room will provide emergency treatment.
General Medicine The clinical care staff in General
Medicine provides primary care services to students for a wide range of medical
problems. In addition to diagnosis and treatment of illness, health education
and disease prevention are emphasized. Students are seen by appointment (call
982-3915), and acute care is available without an appointment for students with
urgent medical problems. Students are urged to make appointments to avoid long
Gynecology The clinical staff provides comprehensive
preventive and problem-oriented primary care gynecology services to students.
Referrals are made within Student Health for non-gynecologic problems detected
during the visit or to providers outside Student Health if the need for consultation
or specialized care is indicated. Appointments can be made by calling 924-2773.
Education and outreach activities are conducted by the Gynecology and Health
Promotion staff and through the Peer Health Education Program.
Harrison Bowne "Tersh" Smith, Jr. Memorial Center
for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) The center provides a broad
and comprehensive range of psychological services: psychological and psychiatric
assessment, referral, individual and group psychotherapy, psychiatric medication
consultation, 24-hour on-call crisis consultation, emergency walk-in and crisis
intervention, and consultation to administrators, faculty, students, families,
and allied professionals. A substance abuse clinician provides consultation
and referral to students concerned about their use of alcohol and other drugs.
CAPS provides suicide prevention programming and outreach to numerous faculty
and student organizations. For an appointment, call the center from 8:00 A.M.
to 5:00 P.M. at 924-5556. For an after-hours emergency, call 972-7004.
As with all other clinical services at Student Health, CAPS
abides by laws regulating confidentiality.
Learning Needs and Evaluation Center (LNEC) For
students with diagnosed disabilities, the LNEC mediates academic accommodation
with faculty and deans; provides reading services, word processing and written
language assistance, interpreters, and class notes during periods of absence
related to the disability; and serves as liaison with standardized test bureaus,
Recording for the Blind, and agencies for specific disabilities or rehabilitation.
Students with disabilities should be prepared to submit appropriate documentation
in support of a request for accommodations. The LNEC also offers limited screening
services to identify and address academic problems of matriculated students.
Brief individual and/or group study skills assistance is available each term.
Please call 243-5180.
Health Promotion The Office of Health Promotion staff
works in partnership with students, helping them learn the skills and knowledge
required to achieve optimal health. Through direct services, collaboration,
and public relations connections, the Office of Health Promotion works toward
building and supporting a healthier university community. Services include:
health consulting, nutrition consultations, research and social marketing, academic
and other courses, patient education, outreach, data collection and special
events. All services are provided by health education and nutrition faculty
as well as Peer Health Educators and interns (specially trained students). For
information or appointments, call 924-1509.
Exclusions Student Health provides professional services
only. Lab tests, prescriptions, medical supplies, and all services outside Student
Health are not paid for by the University. A students health insurance
is always billed first for services provided outside Student Health. The student
is responsible for charges not covered by insurance.
Students in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies
pay no health fees and are not eligible for Student Health services.
Student Health Requirements
- Pre-entrance Health Record: All students admitted to the University must
submit a health history form and record of immunizations before they register
for their first semester. The University sends the form to students after
they have accepted an offer of admission. The form is also on-line at www.virginia.edu/studenthealth.
- Health Insurance: The University requires all students to have health
insurance to pay the cost of hospitalization, outpatient specialty care,
and outpatient diagnostic tests and procedures. Students may enroll either
in the health insurance plan sponsored by the University of Virginia or
in a plan that is comparable. The University-sponsored insurance carrier
will send information concerning its plan during the summer to all students
entering or returning to the University in the fall. Students entering the
University at other times should contact Student Health directly for enrollment
information at (434) 243-2702.
- Failure to comply with immunization or insurance requirements results
in blocked registration until verification is provided call. Please call
- Medical Withdrawal/Readmission: Student Health must review requests for
readmission by students who originally withdrew for health reasons. If a
family or personal physician was involved in the withdrawal and recommendation
to resume studies, a letter in this regard should be sent to Student Health,
Division of General Medicine, Gynecology, or CAPS as appropriate.
Anyone with questions relating to the health of students should
write to the Director, Department of Student Health, 400 Brandon Avenue, P.O.
Box 800760, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0760.
Additional Student Services
In addition to the academic advisory services available to
students in their departments and schools, the University provides student services
through the following offices.
Cavalier Advantage Debit Card Program (Observatory Hill
Dining Hall, Lower Level, 982-5735, www.virginia.edu/cavalieradvantage)
This program allows students to use their ID card as a debit card for University
provided services. The debit card function is activated by depositing funds
into the students account. Deposits can be made by: visiting the website
and making on-line deposits; visiting or contacting the Cavalier Advantage Office,
the UVA Bookstore or TJs Locker; or depositing cash at one of the six
cash deposit machines located Grounds-wide. Cavalier Advantage is accepted at
all University dining locations, all bookstore locations, laundry, vending and
copy machines, and a variety of other services on-grounds. For additional information,
visit the website or contact the Cavalier Advantage Office .
University Child Development Center (Childrens World
Learning Center, Copeley Road, 293-6110, www.virginia.edu/childdevelopmentcenter)
Child care services for faculty, staff, and students are available at the Child
Development Center. Information on rates and the eligibility priority system
can be obtained from the Centers Director.
Consumer Information (1939 Ivy Road, P.O. Box 400727, (434)
924-3417) The Universitys Consumer Information Officer (CIO) is available
to assist students or prospective students in obtaining information about financial
aid programs, the rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial
aid under one of the many programs, the cost of attending the University, the
refund policy currently in effect, the Universitys academic programs,
student retention data, and student program completion data (if available).
The CIO may be contacted by writing to George A. Stovall, Director of Institutional
Studies, 1939 Ivy Road, P.O. Box 400727, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4727; email@example.com.
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (Washington Hall, East
Range; 924-3200, www.virginia.edu/eop) This office is both an administrative
unit of, and a resource center for, the University community. While the EOP
develops policies and procedures, it also provides leadership, coordination,
and oversight of the Universitys equal opportunity and affirmative action
The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of age,
color, disability, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion,
sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or veteran status. Students who
believe that they have been discriminated against because of their status as
listed above, or who have questions about prohibited conduct, are welcome to
visit or call the office. Although the staff is always available to answer questions
or provide information, appointments are recommended in order to better serve
International Studies Office (Minor Hall, P.O. Box 400165,
982-3010, www.virginia.edu/iso) The University considers the admission of
students from other countries part of its educational mission. To that end,
this Office and the International Center serve the Universitys international
community of over 2000 members. International students and research personnel
must register at this office upon arriving in Charlottesville as part of their
immigration procedures. Information on immigration policies and advice on immigration
issues are two of the offices principal functions.
Equally important are the offices services as liaison
between the international student, the University, and the Charlottesville-Albemarle
community. It aids students in their personal adjustment to American life and
seeks solutions to housing, financial, and other problems that may arise during
their stay at the University.
The Lorna Sundberg International Center, 21 University Circle
(924-7983), offers social and cultural activities in an informal setting where
students can spend leisure time.
Intramural-Recreational Sports (Aquatic and Fitness Center,
924-3791, Fax: 924-3858, www.virginia.edu/ims) Intramural-Recreational Sports
provides comprehensive recreation facilities 7 days a week with a variety of
recreation programs to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and their
spouses. Programs include competitive intramural sport leagues and tournaments;
fitness programs, such as aerobics classes, weight training workshops, personal
training services, and fitness assessments; recreation instruction in aquatics,
racquet sports, martial arts, relaxation, dance, first aid, and CPR; outdoor
trips and workshops in hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing,
and skiing; experiential learning and training programs; youth sports instruction
and summer recreational day camp for children; and approximately 50 student-organized
Facilities include the Aquatic and Fitness Center, the Slaughter
Recreation Center, Memorial Gymnasium, the North Grounds Recreation Center,
the Outdoor Recreation Center, the Snyder Tennis Center, the Park, the Dell
outdoor tennis/basketball courts, and numerous outdoor playing fields. Together,
these facilities house cardiovascular and strength training equipment, as well
as basketball, volleyball, squash, racquetball, handball, and walleyball courts,
an indoor running track, swimming pools, whirlpool, saunas, multi-purpose rooms,
showers and locker rooms, an outdoor equipment rental center, and a resource
Full-time University students are eligible to use facilities
and register for programs using their student ID card. Student spouses must
purchase a recreation membership in order to participate. Recreation memberships
may be purchased in person, by mail, or by fax at the Intramural-Recreational
Sports Office at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 A.M.
to 5:30 P.M.
University Ombudsman (Washington Hall, East Range; 924-7819;
www.virginia.edu/eop/ombudsman) The ombudsman is a confidential resource
available to assist students with unresolved problems or complaints. The ombudsman
assists in identifying University resources or departments that address specific
problems or concerns; explaining University policies or procedures; and resolving
problems or complaints through inquiry or other informal means. The goal of
the ombudsman is to see that all members of the University are treated fairly.
Student Identification Card (University I.D. Card Office,
Observatory Hill Dining Hall, 924-4508; www.virginia.edu/idoffice) Each
student registered at the University (except through the School of Continuing
Studies) is entitled
to receive a student identification card. The privileges associated with this
card depend on the number of credits for which the student is enrolled.
students receive all benefits, including circulation privileges at the libraries,
use of Student Health facilities, access to recreational facilities, charge
privileges at the University Bookstore, admission to football games and eligibility
to purchase student guest tickets, passage on University transit, access
Student Legal Services, and a supply of ARTS$. Upon payment of the appropriate
fees, the card can also be used as a meal pass and a Cavalier Advantage
Part-time or research-only students do not receive access to
athletic events or Student Legal Services. Students enrolled for non-resident
status or through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies do not receive
any I.D. card privileges.
Students are provided one I.D. card at no charge, usually during
orientation. Lost, damaged, or stolen cards can be replaced at the card office
in the Observatory Hill Dining Hall weekdays between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.
for a fee of $15, which may be paid using cash, check, or Cavalier Advantage.
Payment must be made before the card will be produced. Cards replaced due to
malfunction or a change of name or identification number are provided at no
charge with the return of the existing card.
Students in the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing
who need access to medical facilities are also provided a UVa Health System
identification card by the UVa Health System I.D. Office.
University of Virginia Bookstore (Fourth Floor, Central
Grounds Parking Garage, 924-3721, www.bookstore.virginia.edu) Owned and
operated by the University, the University of Virginia Bookstore is the primary
source of new and used textbooks and custom-published course materials for all
classes (with the exception of the Law, Medical, and Darden schools). Its general
book department (The Bookshop) features the most extensive selection of academic
and scholarly works in the area, as well as popular fiction and non-fiction,
bestsellers, travel, and childrens books. The Bookshop also offers an
out-of-print search service and a complimentary special order service for those
books not normally in its inventory. All students qualify for free membership
in its Frequent Readers Club: purchase 10 books from The Bookshop and
receive a $5 discount on the next purchase. The Bookshop discounts BookSense
Bestsellers (20%), staff recommendations (10%), and all titles in its New Fiction
and New Non-Fiction sections (10%). It supports the Universitys academic
mission by hosting and sponsoring academic programs, lectures, and readings
by new and established authors. It supports the Virginia Film Festival, The
Virginia Festival of the Book, Public Television, and the Universitys
radio station (WTJU).
Rounding out the Bookstores offerings is a very extensive
selection of UVa clothing and gifts, as well as toiletries, sundries, and school,
office, and computer supplies. In addition, the Bookstore provides a UPS and
U.S.P.S. mailing and packaging service, an engraving service, photocopying and
faxing, a film processing service, video rentals, a dry cleaning service, and
bus service to Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Northern Virginia. It also accepts
deposits made to Cavalier Advantage accounts. The Bookstores full service
on-line store can be accessed at www.bookstore.virginia.edu.
Each year, surpluses from the Bookstore are returned to the
University in the form of an endowment to be used for, among other things, need-based
scholarships. Additional surpluses from the stores operations support
book grants and student programming.
The Bookstore accepts cash, personal checks, all major credit
cards, Student Charge, and Cavalier Advantage. Hours of operation during the
school year are 8:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., Monday through Friday; 10:00 A.M. to
6:00 P.M., Saturday; and 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Sunday. A calendar of store
events and hours is available on-line.
Cavalier Computers (Bookstore Branch: Fourth Floor, Central
Grounds Parking Garage, 924-3475; Hospital Branch: 1222 Lee Street, 924-4600;
www.cavcomp.virginia.edu) A division of the University of Virginia Bookstore,
Cavalier Computers is dedicated to supporting information technology at the
University by providing students, faculty, departments, and staff with high-quality,
educationally-priced computer hardware and software, along with outstanding
customer support. Offering computers from Apple, Dell, Gateway, IBM, Sony, Compaq
& Toshiba, as well as printers from Epson and Hewlett Packard. Cavalier
Computers is an active participant in UVas Desktop Computing Initiative
(DCI); it is the sole provider of net-ready computers configured to meet all
UVa DCI established standards.
Cavalier Computers services all equipment that it sells, and
its service personnel are factory trained and authorized. In tandem with ITC,
Cavalier also provides user support on all equipment it sells.
The store accepts cash, personal and travelers checks,
Visa, MC, Discover, and Cavalier Advantage. Hours of operation, pricing, and
ordering information are available on-line.
Courts and Commerce (First Floor, Slaughter Hall, North
Grounds, 924-3333) A division of the University of Virginia Bookstore, servicing
the University of Virginia School of Law. The store provides new and used textbooks
for all classes at the Law School as well as an extensive selection of law study
guides and reference material. Courts & Commerce carries a full line of
office and school supplies, greeting cards, law clothing and gifts. It also
offers fax services, UPS, dry cleaning, film processing, and postage stamps.
Each year, surpluses from the Universitys bookstores are returned to the
University in the form of an endowment to be used for, among other things, need-based
scholarships. Additional surpluses from these stores operations support
student programming. Courts & Commerce accepts cash, personal and travelers
checks, major credit cards, student charge, cavalier advantage. Hours of operation
during the school year are 8:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday;
8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., Friday. Fax: (434)924-3444; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.bookstore.virginia.edu.
Darden Exchange (North Grounds, Sponsors Executive Residence
Center, Room 426, 243-5515; www.darden.virginia.edu/dardenexchange) A division of the University of Virginia
Bookstore, Darden Exchange is the provider of textbooks and course books
for classes at
the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. The store also features
an extensive selection of general business books, many recommended by the
Faculty. Each year, surpluses from the Universitys bookstores are returned
to the University in the form of an endowment to be used for, among other
need-based scholarships. Additional surpluses from these stores operations
support student programming. Darden Exchange carries a full line of office
school supplies, greeting cards, and Darden imprinted gifts and clothing. If
also offers fax services, postage stamps, UPS package delivery, dry cleaning,
and film processing. General information as well as selection of our clothing
and gifts may be viewed on-line at www.darden.virginia.edu/dardenexchange.
Additional Darden merchandise can be seen at the University of Virginia Bookstores
website is www.bookstore.virginia.edu. Darden Exchange accepts cash, personal
and travelers checks, major credit cards, Student Charge and Cavalier
Advantage. Hours of operation during the school year are Monday through Thursday,
8:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.; and Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Medical Center Bookstore: (1222 Lee St., First Floor West
Parking Garage, 924-3851) The Medical Center Bookstore, a division of the
University of Virginia Bookstore, is located at 1222 Lee St. directly across
from the University of Virginia Hospitals Primary Care Center. We are
on the first floor of the West Parking Garage next to the UVa Community Credit
Union. Hours are 8:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Monday though Friday. The store carries
all textbooks for the Medical and Nursing Schools as well as a broad selection
of reference books, school and medical supplies, clothing and gifts. Since it
shares the facility with Cavalier Computers Hospital Branch, also available
is a wide variety of computers, PDAs and educationally discounted software for
academic and medical use. The store offers a complimentary special order service
for books not normally in stock. The Medical Center Bookstore accepts Student
Charge and Cavalier Advantage as well as Visa, Discover, MasterCard, cash, and
T.J.s Locker (1st Floor, Aquatic and Fitness Center,
924-0628) A division of the University of Virginia Bookstore, T.J.s
Locker supports the activities of the Aquatic and Fitness Center, as well
faculty, staff, and student life on the West Grounds. T.J.s prides itself
on enhancing life at the University through sponsorship of academic and athletic
programming. T.J.s carries a full line of athletic wear and shoes from
Nike, Adidas, and New Balance, swimwear and accessories from Speedo; and a
variety of other sports equipment. In addition, T.J.s offers a selection
of school and office supplies, magazines, CDs and DVDs, toiletries, greeting
cards, and University of Virginia gifts and clothing. It also offers tennis
racquet restringing, film processing, and a bus service to Hampton Roads,
and Northern Virginia. The on-line store can be accessed at www.bookstore.virginia.edu.
T.J.s accepts cash, personal checks, all major credit cards, and Cavalier
Advantage. Among its most popular methods of payment is Student Charge, which
enables students to charge their purchases using their student ID card. Bills
are sent home on a monthly basis. Hours of operation and a calendar of T.J.s
events are available on-line.
International Student Admission
Since 1826 when the first international student was enrolled,
the University of Virginia has accepted among its responsibilities a commitment
to providing opportunities to citizens from other areas of the world to study,
teach, and share the atmosphere of Jeffersonian freedom. The University considers
the admission of qualified students from other countries a part of its educational
program. International students enhance the life of the University and contribute
to the education and personal growth of American students and faculty.
Language Requirement In addition to meeting the admission
requirements outlined in previous sections, international students must have
an outstanding command of the English language in order to enroll at the University.
In general, it does not conduct classes and exams in languages other than English;
and it does not accept papers submitted in a non-English language. For this
reason, applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate their
English proficiency on the application for admission by submitting an acceptable
score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International
English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. A score may not be more than two
years old. Most admitted students attain at least 600 on the paper version of
the TOEFL (or 250 on the computer version) or 7.0 on the IELTS. A TOEFL or IELTS
exam score is required of all applicants if the language first learned and spoken
in the home is not English. This is true regardless of the number of years of
instruction in English or if English is the "official" language of
the applicants home country.
In addition to the TOEFL exam, successful applicants whose
first or native language is not English must take the University of Virginia
English Proficiency Exam soon after arriving at the University. The test is
administered to new students just before classes begin, and results are used
to determine whether supplemental classes in one or more language skills (reading,
writing, speaking, listening) is advisable. This test is required of all non-native
speakers of English, regardless of their TOEFL score or previous experience
using English. The University offers intensive English for Academic Purposes
program in the summer for incoming international students, scholars, and research
associates. For information contact the Center for American English Language
and Culture, (434) 924 6552 or email@example.com.
Visa Information The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS) has authorized the University of Virginia to issue
visa documents appropriate for the F-1 (student) and J-1 (exchange visitor)
non-immigrant status. Following academic admission to a University degree program,
the International Studies Office reviews the language, financial, and visa qualifications
of the applicant. If all documentation is in order, and if the applicant is
offered admission, a "Certificate of Eligibility" (I-20 or DS-2019)
is issued to the prospective student. In order to request a visa to apply for
entry into the United States as a student, this document must be submitted to
a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, along with a passport and other indications of
purpose while in the United States. The University does not issue a Certificate
of Eligibility for part-time study, or continuing and professional studies courses.
Admitted students may email the Office of International Studies Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most students enter the United States using an F-1 visa. The
J-1 visa is appropriate for students receiving a significant portion of their
financial support from a government agency or international foundation. Students
in the United States on F-1 and J-1 status must maintain full-time student status
during the fall and spring semesters. They must attend, for at least one
semester, the institution that issued the Certificate of Eligibility used to
apply for entry into the United States. A prospective international student
must have an appropriate, current, valid, and legal non-immigrant status before
he or she will be offered final admission to the University of Virginia.
International students should not enter the United States on
the tourist visa, B-2 visa, or visa waiver program. Transfer from one visa type
to another while in the United States is not always possible. Students should
always consult with a U.S. consular officer in their home country for the most
current information on visa regulations. Only those international students who
are maintaining valid and lawful status in the U.S. which permits full-time
study at a college or university will be permitted to enroll at the University
All non-immigrant visas carry restrictions about employment
and length of stay in the United States. Students are advised to carefully
understand their particular status. Students must be willing and able to abide
by the regulations for the visa status they accept. USCIS visa regulations are
subject to frequent change and re-interpretation by Service personnel. It is
the foreign nationals duty to keep him or herself informed of all current
visa regulations and to maintain valid status according to USCIS regulations.
Tuition/Fees Non-immigrant students pay the out-of-state
full tuition rate (estimated at $20,536 for the 2004-2005 academic year).
Living Expenses The estimated cost for housing, food,
books and supplies, and health and personal items is $1,000 per month for a
single student. This does not include travel expenses to and from the United
States, tourist excursions, furniture, or luxury items, such as automobiles
and computer equipment. Basic expenses for the support of dependents (husband/wife/children)
living in Charlottesville are additional.
Financial Certification Eligibility for a student or
exchange visitor visa requires that the applicant demonstrate sufficient financial
resources for a full course of study. The minimum required by the University
of Virginia is $29,500 for 2004-2005. An additional $7,000 for spouse and $4,000
for each child is necessary if students wish to bring dependents to Charlottesville.
The International Studies Office requires an acceptable financial guarantee
prior to issuing the "Certificate of Eligibility." While the established
minimum is considered sufficient for a basic, comfortable existence, it may
not be adequate to maintain the lifestyle to which a student is accustomed.
Financial Assistance Financial awards are not furnished
to undergraduates. If students must have full financial support to study abroad,
they should investigate the possibility of awards offered through home governments,
international foundations, and other sources. U.S.I.S. libraries and bi-national
commissions in various countries can sometimes offer suggestions. Graduate students
are eligible for research and teaching assistantships, as well as meritorious
fellowships, through their departments. These awards are competitive.
Transfer of Funds The transfer of funds from the students
home country to the United States may be governed by restrictions. The applicant
must be fully informed of the local regulations and process for transfer. Since
there may be a considerable delay in the process of transfer, early planning
is vital. University expenses must be paid at the beginning of each semester.
To avoid unnecessary problems, students are advised to bring sufficient funds
with them to pay for tuition, housing, and medical insurance on arrival. This
may amount to several thousand dollars and should be in the form of travelers
or cashiers checks in U.S. currency. Students must also open an account
with a local bank in Charlottesville in order to accept transferred funds from
Employment The University of Virginia cannot admit an
international student who is unable to show evidence of adequate financial support.
The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the U.S. government
restricts the employment of non-immigrant students and scholars. Work without
prior USCIS authorization is prohibited and may carry severe penalties. F-2
dependents are neither eligible to request permission to work nor to accept
employment of any kind.
Family Considerations Due to the high cost of living
in Charlottesville, students wishing to bring their dependent families must
give thorough consideration to the added expense. Because dependents are not
generally permitted to accept employment, students may find that they cannot
support a family while studying at the University. In many cases, students must
be prepared to leave their families at home.
Health Care and Insurance Medical care in the United
States is very expensive and paid for privately. To protect against a possible
medical debt arising from the need for emergency or sustained medical treatment,
all students are required to purchase a basic accident and sickness
hospitalization insurance plan. The yearly cost for a single student
is about $1,600 and does not cover regular eye and dental care or routine physical
examinations and office visits. Family coverage is more expensive but is strongly
recommended. Insurance may be purchased either in Charlottesville or in the
students home country.
University students who are enrolled full time may use the
out-patient medical facilities of the Universitys Student Health department
free of charge. Family members are not eligible to participate. The University
Hospital is located conveniently on the Grounds, and has extensive emergency
facilities as well as private physicians and clinics for specialists and routine
English as a Second Language
The Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC)
provides an array of services to help members of the University of Virginia
community attain the level of linguistic and cultural proficiency needed for
success at a research university in the United States. CAELC offers a number
of ESL courses free of charge to students who have matriculated in a degree
program at UVa. Visiting scholars and research associates may enroll in CAELC
classes as space allows. Completion of the University of Virginia English Language
Proficiency Exam must precede placement in any CAELC class. Individuals can
take the exam at the beginning of each semester and by appointment throughout
the year. CAELC also administers the SPEAK Test in August, December, and May.
The SPEAK Test is used to assess the oral proficiency of prospective graduate
teaching assistants whose native language is not English. CAELC offers several
courses designed to help prospective teaching assistants develop the communication
skills needed for teaching in a U.S. college or university. CAELC offers an
intensive English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program through the Universitys
Summer Language Institute, mid-July through mid-August. The EAP program is for
entering students and research associates. CAELC endorses the NAFSA Principles
of International Educational Exchange and the TESOL Standards for Post Secondary
Programs. Information on testing, classes, and other services is available at
www.virginia.edu/provost/caelc, email@example.com, or (434) 924-924-6552.
Each summer the University of Virginia offers a rich selection
of programs and courses to over four-thousand students through its Summer Session.
Many of these programs and courses are not available during the academic year,
including the Universitys well-known Summer Language Institute
(SLI). UVa students commonly enroll in the Summer Session to fulfill degree
requirements, double major, improve their GPA, shorten time to their degree,
or explore new interests. Summer Session students have access to an array of
support services and extra-curricular activities during their studies. The list
of Summer Session 2005 courses can be accessed at www.virginia.edu/summer after
December 13, 2004.
UVa students enrolled in the 2005 spring semester and not graduating
at the end of that semester may register for Summer Session courses on-line
through ISIS or in-person in the Summer Session Office anytime between the opening
of summer registration (May 2, 2005) and the first day of their class. UVa students
who graduate in May, 2005, may enroll in Summer Session 2005 courses but must
first complete the Summer Session application for visiting students. (Note:
Any individual who wishes to enroll in the Summer Language Institute must complete
the SLI application process.)
The Summer Session welcomes visiting students. The majority
of these individuals are enrolled at another college or university and come
to UVa to complete courses not offered at their home institution. Visiting students
must apply for admission to the Summer Session. Rising high school juniors and
seniors with distinguished academic records may also apply for admission to
the Summer Session. Admission to the Summer Session does not constitute admission
to the University of Virginia. Comprehensive information on the University of
Virginias Summer Session and application materials are available at www.virginia.edu/summer.
For more information contact the Office of the Summer Session, Garrett Hall
B019, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400161, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4161;
(434) 924-3371; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Summer Language Institute (SLI) offers nine-week
programs in French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Tibetan. Students
attend classes five days a week, six hours a day. Communication skills are developed
in a student-centered environment. Participation in evening cultural activities
is required five days/week. Students are advised to live in their program's
language residence to enhance their learning and to increase proficiency in
the target language. Individuals who successfully complete the Institute earn
12 credits, which satisfies the foreign language requirement at the University
The Summer Language Institute also offers English for Academic
Purposes. Participants in this 4.5-week program enjoy the intensive learning
experience found in other SLI programs.
Information and application materials are available at www.virginia.edu/summer/sli.
For further information, contact the Summer Language Institute, Office of
Summer Session, Garrett Hall B019, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400161,
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4161; (434) 924-6552; email@example.com.
English for Academic Purposes (ESL) The Center for American
English Language and Culture (CAELC) offers an intensive language and culture
program through the Summer Language Institute (SLI). The program is designed
for non-native speakers of English who have been admitted to an undergraduate
or graduate degree program at the University of Virginia. Incoming UVa research
associates and visiting scholars are also welcome to apply for admission to
the program. Participants fine-tune the language skills required for success
in U.S. higher education through classes in academic writing, academic reading
and vocabulary development, listening comprehension and note-taking, classroom
discussion strategies, and presentation skills. A pronunciation assessment is
conducted with follow-up work assigned as needed.
The program includes a series of workshops that provides a
general introduction to U.S. higher education. Workshop topics include library
and research skills, university computing resources and facilities, academic
culture, student-faculty relationships, cross-cultural awareness, and student
services. Cultural proficiency is developed through a combination of workshops
and activities. Activities include social gatherings, sporting events, field
trips, and frequent meetings with conversation partners. A minimum TOEFL score
of 550 is required.
For further information, contact CAELC, Garrett Hall B019,
University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400161, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4161; (434)
924-6552; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.virginia.edu/provost/caelc.