Students To Arrive Saturday At U.Va.
August 25, 1999 -- The new academic year at
the University of Virginia becomes reality on Saturday, Aug. 28,
when approximately 2,925 first-year students will move into their
residence halls. Beginning
around 7:30 a.m., heavily burdened cars will make their way along
Alderman and McCormick Roads to the first-year residence halls.
Starting at 8 a.m. in front of the 37 buildings in which the new
students will live, residence staff members will dispense room keys.
Upperclass students wearing brown and green "Greeters"
T-shirts will welcome families and assist the first-years in moving
police estimate that the annual "Move-In" Day will bring
about 5,000 cars and 12,000 people to Grounds on Saturday. About
20 police officers will be on duty from approximately 6:45 a.m.
to 3 p.m. along Emmet, McCormick, Stadium and Alderman roads to
assist traffic flow.
President John T. Casteen III will address parents on Saturday at
1 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall. At Convocation and the Honor Induction
on the Lawn (rainsite: University Hall) beginning at 7 p.m., President
Casteen will address new students. As part of the Honor Induction,
Donna Byrd, a former chair of U.Va.'s Honor Committee and now a
manager at Coca-Cola Co., will deliver a speech.
of Entering Class
entering class is exceptionally high in academic quality, says Dean
of Admission John A. Blackburn. Eighty-two percent of the in-coming
students were ranked in the top 10 percent of their class; last
year 79 percent were in the highest tenth. Twenty-two percent of
the new students were in the top one percent of their class.
215 of the new students were class valedictorians in their high
schools; last year's entering class had 199 valedictorians.
students had perfect 1600 scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test,
or SAT. Eighty-five had perfect 800 scores on the verbal part of
the SAT, and 98 had perfect SAT-math scores.
middle 50 percent of the combined SAT scores for the entering class
new students will come from 46 states and 65 foreign countries.
Admission officials anticipate
that as many as 34 students will come from Korea, 23 from India,
15 from Canada and 12 from Pakistan. Eleven are expected from Turkey.
of New Program
also marks the beginning of a new University of Virginia program,
the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. About 20 area residents
will start the program designed to allow adults to pursue an undergraduate
degree at U.Va. on a part-time basis. The program is open to people
who graduated from high school at least six years ago and who have
completed 60 hours of acceptable college-level work. For more information
on the program, contact the BIS office at (804) 982-5274.
Following are some beginning-of-the-school-year activities for
both first-year students and those entering the BIS program:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
First-year students move into their residence halls
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
from University offices will answer questions from first-year students
and their parents and provide assistance.
Observatory Hill Dining Hall
New Student Orientation
a.m. Welcome by Sondra F. Stallard, Dean, Continuing Education,
and John T. Casteen III, U.Va. President
- 10:15 a.m. "Joining the U.Va. Community of Learners"
- 10 a.m. Academic Expectations at U.Va.
Tom Noble, chair, BIS Advisory Committee, professor of
- 10:15 a.m. Honor System Overview
Baker, associate director, Center for University Programs
- 1:15 p.m. Picnic
behind Zehmer Hall
Zehmer Hall auditorium
- 1:30 p.m. Information Tables on University Resources
of University offices will promote their services
- 2 p.m.
U.Va. President John T. Casteen III will speak to parents
and Honor Induction on the Lawn
President John T. Casteen III will address new students. In addition,
Donna Lynn Byrd, who was the 1991-92 chair of the Honor Committee
at U.Va. and is now brand manager at Coca-Cola Co. in Atlanta, will
be a featured speaker during the Honor induction.
- 7 p.m.
Tent in Newcomb Hall Plaza
Lecture and Slides: "Jefferson's University: Columns, Domes,
and Place" by Richard Guy Wilson, architecture professor
- 11:30 a.m.
about University life
Did You Do That?": The Answer from the Social Sciences
Arts Are Alive and Well": Drama, Art History/Studio Art, and Music
at the University
a New World Order": Physical, Biological, and Medical Sciences in
Now to Reserve Your Place on the Dean's List": How to Improve your
- 11:30 a.m.
a.m. - 4 p.m.
event as numerous student organizations promote their activities
Ida Lee Wooteen, (804) 924-6857