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UVa Advance is a new four-week summer residential program for highly-motivated, rising high school juniors and seniors. The program offers students an exceptional set of opportunities for intellectual and personal growth.  Each student takes two undergraduate classes, participates in a series of academic prep workshops and engages in social activities organized by UVa Advance. Classes are small and offered in an intensive format. This facilitates in-depth learning and collaboration with faculty and fellow students. Participants are introduced to University of Virginia academics and college life. They enjoy the high impact residential learning experience for which UVa is so well known.

Courses are taught by leading University of Virginia faculty. Students who successfully complete their courses earn six transferable undergraduate credits from UVa. This can help them expedite progress toward their degree, double major or lighten their load when they matriculate as undergraduates after completing high school, and even more important, they will know what to expect as a first-year college student and be poised for success.

In the four-week session, participants take one core course specially designed for UVa Advance students. This year, Associate Professor of Politics Michael J. Smith will teach the core course. Students’ second course is a “regular” 1000- or 2000-level Summer Session course.  In the second course, UVa Advance students will be enrolled with resident (degree-seeking) UVa students. UVa Advance staff advise students on the selection of their second course.

Participants live with their peers in an air-conditioned UVa residence hall with a specially trained staff of residential advisors. In addition to coursework, the program includes organized workshops designed to help students explore the unique challenges and opportunities that come with being a college student. Workshop topics include library services, key academic skills, student support services, the college applications process, finances, undergraduate research opportunities, education abroad and choosing a major.  All are led by experienced faculty and staff. 

UVa Advance students have access to the support services and extra-curricular activities available to resident UVa undergraduate and graduate students including libraries, outstanding sports facilities, dining halls, Student Health and more. The University Programs Council (UPC) sponsors events throughout the summer, UVa’s Heritage Summer Theater Festival is in full swing and Charlottesville offers many historical and contemporary attractions. The program includes two weekend outings.

July 14- August 8, 2014 (UVa Summer Session III)

Move-in and Orientation: July 13, 2014

Academic Prep Workshops

Each week, UVA Advance students attend two workshops/week, each of which is designed to help the student plan for some of the unique academic challenges and opportunities that being a college student entails.  Topics include:

  • The College Application Process
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Education Abroad
  • Skills for Academic Success
  • Libraries
  • Student Support Services
  • Finance
  • Choosing a Major


UVa Advance students live together* in the Gooch/Dillard Residence Hall. The residence hall is located on central Grounds.  The dorm is within walking distance of academic buildings, dining facilities, and the Aquatic & Fitness Center.  There is also UVa bus service, which includes a stop at Gooch/Dillard. UVa Advance students are subject to the University’s Honor System, Student Code of Conduct and all UVa academic and non-academic policies and procedures. The evening curfew for UVa Advance participants is 10:00 p.m. Failure to honor the curfew or to follow any UVa Advance program or University rules can result in immediate dismissal from the program with no refund of tuition and fees.  

* UVa Advance students will be housed with resident UVa students in the Summer Session residence hall.


The program cost includes a 60-meal dining plan.  Dining halls are typically open for several hours around meal times; several snack bars/convenience stores are also easily accessible at off-hours.  The Observatory Hill Dining Hall serves as the main dining hall in summer.  

Activities and Student Services

UVa Advance students enjoy access to the same student services that resident students have: library services, outstanding sports facilities, Student Health, computing support, the University bus system, and more.  Near Grounds there are many choices for dining, shopping, and sight-seeing.
The program begins with an orientation and tour of Grounds. Introductions, student safety, University and program policies and procedures, the Standards of Conduct, the Honor System along with program and campus resources will be covered in Orientation. Parents are encouraged to participate in the Orientation. An introduction to Charlottesville takes place later in week one.
There are two organized outings.  The first is to Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, the founder of UVa.  The trip features a guided tour of Jefferson’s home and the recently renovated Visitors Center.  The second trip is to Shenandoah National Park, where students can experience the vistas and splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Costs (for one four-week session)

Virginia Residents:      $4,888
Non-Virginians:           $9,999

Includes tuition for 6-academic credits, student services fee, housing in Gooch/Dillard residence hall, 60-meal dining plan, academic support workshops and out-of-class activities.

Books and incidentals are NOT included in this price.

How to Apply

To be eligible for the program, a student must be in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 3.5 in a college prep curriculum  and entering his/her Junior or Senior year of high school in the fall of 2014.  The following materials must be submitted to be considered for admission to the UVa Advance program

  • PART I: Online Application Form
  • PART II: UVa Advance Application Supplement
    • Medical Consent Form for Minors: To be completed by your parent/guardian. (Supplement Part II)
    • Terms of Understanding: To be signed by your parent/guardian and you.(Supplement Part II)
    • Transcript: An official transcript from your current high school.
    • Letter of Recommendation: To be completed by a high school teacher or administrator. (can be mailed or emailed)
    • A short essay (350 words or fewer) about why you would like to participate in the UVa Advance program. (can be mailed or emailed)

Important Dates

February 5 Applications Open
April 30 Application Deadline
May 15 Admission Decisions Announced
July 13 Move-in and Orientation
July 14 - August 8 Classes in session (Summer Session III)


All materials should be mailed to:
Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400161
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4161

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