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Q Who is the president of U.Va.?

The president of U.Va. is John T. Casteen III. He has been U.Va.'s president since August 1990. He is the University's seventh president, preceded most recently by Robert M. O'Neil (1985-1990) and Frank L. Hereford Jr. (1974-1985). President Casteen's biography can be found on the President's Office Web site.

How do I find a current U.Va. student, professor or staff member, or a graduate/alumnus?
A Use the University's People search to find currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. For alumni, look at the Alumni email directory.
What is U.Va.'s central telephone number and mailing address?
A The central telephone number for U.Va. information is (434) 924-0311. The University of Virginia does not have one zip code or a central mailing address. However, there is an online listing of the most frequently requested addresses and telephone numbers.
What are some of the programs U.Va. offers for the community? How can I tell what is going on at U.Va. on a particular day?
A The University's Things to Do/Newsstand web page offers information on art exhibits, plays, film, and concerts. It has links to two daily calendars of events, athletics schedules, and seasonal calendars from music, drama, library exhibits, and the University Art Museum. U.Va. TopNews Daily Web site lists news and events of interest. Also see the Public Service/Outreach web site.
Q What does U.Va. do to promote diversity?
A The University of Virginia is proud that we enroll students from all 50 states and 90 countries. In the fall of 2002, 23 percent of undergraduate students are African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American. A number of offices on Grounds serve to promote diversity and inform students about other cultures, including the Office of African American Affairs and the International Studies Office. In addition, significant efforts University-wide are taking place. For more information, see the Voices of Diversity web site.

Q What are U.Va.'s colors and mascot (and what is a Wahoo)?
A Orange and blue were adopted as the University of Virginia's official athletic colors in 1888. The University's mascot is a Cavalier. Although the Cavalier is the official mascot of the University, the Cavaliers are also often referred to as the Wahoos, a term derived from a line in "The Good Old Song," U.Va.'s "alma mater."
Q When is graduation?
A Final exercises are scheduled for Sunday, May 22, 2005.
Q How do I look/apply for a job at U.Va.?
A Information on applying for faculty, staff, temporary, and student employment is available through the Human Resources web site. You can also browse or search the faculty, staff, and student job openings.
Q When was U.Va. founded?
A The University of Virginia was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. The cornerstone of the University's first building was laid in 1817, with Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe in attendance. The first class entered U.Va. in 1825, and the first degree was conferred in 1828. See also the Short History of U.Va.

Q How many schools does U.Va. have, and what degree programs do they offer?

The University of Virginia has ten schools: the School of Architecture, the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Nursing all offer both undergraduate and graduate studies. The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, the School of Law, and the School of Medicine offer graduate studies. The Curry School of Education offers graduate degrees and a 5-year dual degree program with the College of Arts and Sciences through which students receive both an undergraduate degree and a master's of education. The School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a part-time undergraduate degree and many other programs and graduate study. Further information, including academic departments within each school, is available on the Schools and Admissions page.

Q How many students does U.Va. have?
A In the 2003-04 school year, the University enrolled a total of 19,643 students: 12,907 undergraduates, 4,616 graduate students, 1,631 first-professional students (law and medicine), and 489 on-Grounds Continuing Education students. More detailed information on enrollment is offered in the enrollment section of U.Va.'s Online Data Digest.
Q How much does it cost to attend U.Va.?
2004-2005 Tuition and Fees (2 semesters) Virginians Non-Virginians
Undergraduate Tuition and Required Fees $ 6,790 $ 22,890
Room (average for on-Grounds housing) and Board $ 5,960 $ 5,960
Total $ 12,750 $ 28,850

A complete list of U.Va.'s exact tuition and fees per semester for all schools, including graduate and professional, can be found on the Student Accounts Office web site.

Q What is Access U.Va.?

Access U.Va. is an ambitious financial-aid program – unprecedented among U.S. public institutions – designed to keep higher education affordable for all students who qualify for admission, regardless of economic circumstance.

There are four key components to Access U.Va. They include:
Replacing need-based loans with grants in the financial aid packages of low income students.
Capping the amount of need-based loans offered to any student.
Meeting 100 percent of demonstrated need for all undergraduate students.
Counseling on college financing and debt management.

For more information please visit the Access U.Va. web site or read the Access U.Va. Q&A.

Q When can I apply to U.Va.?

U.Va. welcomes applications from first-year candidates, as well as from applicants seeking to transfer from other accredited universities or colleges. First-year candidates typically apply during their final year of high school; the postmark deadline is January 2 (or November 1 for the binding Early Decision Plan). Transfer candidates may apply after one or two years of college work elsewhere; the postmark deadline is March 1 for enrollment in Fall semester (available in all six of the undergraduate schools) or November 1 for enrollment in Spring semester (available only in the College of Arts and Sciences). For further information about the application process, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission web site.

If you are interested in applying to one of U.Va.'s graduate schools, select the appropriate link on U.Va.'s Graduate Students page.

Q Does U.Va. have a major in ...?
A For a list of majors, please see our Degrees Offered page. You may also want to view our list of Schools, Departments, and Academic Programs.
Q Does U.Va. offer part-time degree programs?
A In early 2001, the University of Virginia introduced the bachelor of interdisciplinary studies (BIS) degree, offered through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The curriculum for the degree has four components: liberal studies seminars, a concentration, elective courses, and a capstone project. All elective courses for the BIS are upper-level courses currently taught in the regular undergraduate programs of the schools of Arts and Sciences, Commerce, and Engineering. For more information, visit the School of Continuing and Professional Studies BIS page.
Q How do I transfer to U.Va. from another university or college?
A The University of Virginia welcomes applications from students seeking to transfer from other accredited colleges and universities. Each year more than 500 transfer students enroll; a quarter are nontraditionally aged, and a third come from the Virginia Community College System. Admission information for transfer applicants.
Q Is U.Va.'s campus safe?

Safety is a concern on all university campuses. As a result, the University of Virginia strives to provide the University community with a professional law enforcement response. In order to accomplish this goal, the University police department offers the same level of services as a municipal police department, as well as many other services unique to an academic institution.

The University has established a number of programs and physical improvements to help keep the Grounds safe. The University has 170 emergency phones located near dorms, academic buildings, walkways, parking lots, and many other locations around the Grounds. In addition, cellular phones, programmed with 911, are available for student loan at the libraries. The University police also provides safety seminars, self-defense classes for women, and neighborhood, worker, and student watch programs.

Q Does U.Va. offer campus tours and prospective student interviews?
A The Office of Admission welcomes visitors to the University and is especially delighted to host prospective students and their families. The deans of admission offer hour-long information sessions throughout the year; these sessions are followed by guided tours of the Grounds. A schedule of sessions and tours is available on the Undergraduate Admission page. While the Office of Admission neither requires interviews nor uses them in the evaluation process, the deans of admission do meet with students on an individual basis to answer questions and to provide counseling. Such appointments do not affect the admission decision. Prospective students who wish to stay overnight in a dormitory should contact the Monroe Society, an undergraduate organization that hosts prospective students.
Q What does U.Va. look for in prospective students?
A Although U.Va. is a state-supported school, it has always carried out Thomas Jefferson's wish that it be an international university, bringing together students from around the world to foster that broadening of perspective encouraged by a varied and cosmopolitan environment. Accordingly, while the Committee on Admission expects both intellectual ability and academic achievement from all successful applicants, it also strives to understand each applicant in personal terms, seeking evidence of good character, imagination, leadership, facility in self-expression, commitment to service, and any other qualities that would contribute to the University community.

  Visiting/Finding People
Q How do I contact a student or faculty member who is at U.Va.?
A To find the phone number or mailing address of a department, student, or faculty member, you can search the U.Va. online telephone directory. You can find the email address or personal web site of a student or faculty member through U.Va.'s People Search.
Q How do I contact a U.Va. alumnus?
A The University has an alumni email directory that can help you contact alumni. Reunion information, alumni news, and membership information are on the Alumni Association web site.
Q How can I find a physician from U.Va.'s medical center?
A The Directory of Physicians is an easy central way to find a physician at U.Va. The directory is searchable by physician name or by keyword. View other medical center services from the Health System web site.
Q Can I take a tour of the campus?

See the Admissions section above for information on tours for prospective students.

For historical tours, free guided tours of the Rotunda and Lawn are provided year-round. Tours meet daily (except during the three-week holiday break in Dec.-Jan. and during the final exam period during the first three weeks of May) at 10, 11, 2, 3, and 4 at the Rotunda entrance facing the Lawn. Call (434) 924-7969 for more information. Tours are accessible to individuals in wheelchairs, and interpreters are available for the hearing impaired. The Rotunda has brochures with walking tours of the academical village, the Rotunda, and the Pavilion Gardens. You can also take one of several virtual tours from our About the University Web site.

Q Where is U.Va. located, and where do I park when I get there?

The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, Virginia, approximately 120 miles southwest of Washington, DC. Two major highways, Interstate 64 and US 29, intersect close to the University Grounds. Detailed directions to the University and maps of the University are available for online viewing.

The University's central hourly visitor parking garage is on Emmet Street, about a block south of the intersection with University Avenue. Visitor and patient parking is also available in two University parking garages across from the University Hospital. The University's garages have parking spaces designated for persons with disabilities. There is also hourly parking on "the Corner" in municipal garages on Elliewood Avenue, Fourteenth Street, and Wertland Street.

Q What is Charlottesville like?

Charlottesville, located in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, is home to 40,000 people in the city and 145,000 in the larger metropolitan area. Education, high-tech companies, light manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, and retail trade make up its economic base.

Charlottesville is a small, thriving city, 120 miles from Washington DC. It has a community symphony orchestra, a light opera company, and Renaissance vocal groups. It celebrates the Film Festival every fall and the Festival of the Book every spring. The downtown area is a brick-paved pedestrian mall with more than twenty outdoor cafes and restaurants, numerous modern movie and live arts theaters, and a cinema focusing on foreign and independent films. From April through October, Charlottesville celebrates Fridays After Five downtown, with live bands at its new amphitheater. Contemporary performers like Hootie and the Blowfish, Charlottesville's own Dave Matthews Band, and Zhane have all been a part of the music scene.

The countryside around Charlottesville, especially in the spring and fall, ranks among the most beautiful sites in the nation. The area offers numerous Civil War sites and historical road markers detailing more than two hundred years of history. See Exploring the University and Charlottesville for more information.

The Chamber of Commerce web site offers a wealth of information about Charlottesville/Albemarle as does the Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Q What are some of the important dates for my calendar?
A Homecomings is September 18, 2004, and the Virginia Film Festival takes place October 28-31, 2004. Family Weekend is October 22-24, 2004.
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