WE ARE EXCITED TO MEET YOU!


The resources below will be updated in Spring 2024 for the next cycle of admitted undergraduates.


We congratulate you on your acceptance to UVA and are excited for you to join our dynamic community of designers, scholars and students. The School of Architecture is one of the smallest of UVA’s twelve schools and affords students the unparalleled opportunities to know one another and their professors well, and to work closely together in our classrooms, our studios, our fabrication labs, our maker spaces, and both within our local community and as part of our national and international travel experiences. As a member of this community, you will experience the best of UVA — the personal interactions of a small school and the broad resources of a large university.

 Welcome to UVA School of Architecture!

This webpage serves as a resource for your transition to UVA.

 

SUMMER ORIENTATION AT UVA

During Summer Orientation Programs new students will:

  • Explore the multiple paths to success at UVA, including both curricular and co-curricular opportunities.
  • Engage in meaningful conversations and build connections with peers and upper-class students. 
  • Learn more about resources, people, and places at UVA that will help you along the way.
  • Participate in academic advising and course enrollment through their respective school on enrollment.  

Note: School of Architecture First-Year Orientation will take place on Monday July 17 and Tuesday July 18 (Session E).

LEARN ABOUT SUMMER ORIENTATION PROGRAMS AT UVA. 


SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS SUMMER ORIENTATION  
MONDAY JULY 17 + TUESDAY JULY 18, 2023

Summer Orientation offers an opportunity for students and their guests an opportunity to visit Grounds and get acclimated to University life. Student and their guests will have the chance to experience the rich diversity of life on Grounds together, and parents can gain a better understanding of the resources available to their students at UVA as well as the University's intellectual life.

Students and Parents/Guests Schedules are not identical. For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule information, please visit the UVA Summer Orientation webpage.

The "Schedule at a Glance" below provides a general overview of the program.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

DAY 1: MONDAY JULY 17

For New Students: 

  • Day 1 begins with Check-in, a Welcome Address, and an opportunity to meet your orientation leaders. 
  • Following lunch, you'll learn about student resources including health and wellness, career development, and community 
  • Dinner will be followed by a chance to hear directly from your orientation leaders about their unique experiences as members of the UVA community, an information session about the residence hall experience, and fun activities at the Aquatic + Fitness Center.
  • The typical Day 1 schedule for incoming new students begins at 9am and concludes at 11pm. 

For Parents and Guests: 

  • Day 1 begins with Check-in and sessions that will help you learn more about the UVA community. 
  • Following lunch, you'll attend a Welcome Address, learn how you can support your student’s discovery and development, hear from various university services (bookstore, computing, dining), learn more about the UVA experience from orientation leaders, and have an opportunity to select one of several discussion sessions, including a range of topics from student wellbeing to 'the emerging brain.'
  • Day 1 concludes for parents and guests with a reception hosted by the UVA Alumni Association.
  • The typical Day 1 schedule for parents and guests begins at 9am and concludes at 6.30pm.

For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule information, please visit the UVA Summer Orientation webpage.
 

DAY 2: TUESDAY JULY 18

For New Students: 

  • Day 2 begins with breakfast with your orientation leaders followed by academic course advising and enrollment. Your orientation leaders will bring you the School of Architecture's Campbell Hall for this session (more details below).
  • 9am - 11.30am — Welcome + Academic Course Advising/Registration with Cindy Kiefer (Assistant Dean of Student Affairs), Tashana Starks (Director of Advising and Academic Support), and Sharon McDonald (Registrar), Campbell Hall 158.
  • 11.30am - 12pm — School of Architecture Computer Orientation with the Architecture Technology Group Staff, Campbell Hall 158.
  • 12pm - 1pm — Lunch on the North Terrace, Campbell Hall 1st floor
    Following lunch, you can attend the UVA Ice Cream Social at Monroe Courtyard (1pm - 2pm), Residence Hall Open Display Rooms (until 4pm, Gooch 112 and. Hancock 124/126), or attend the School of Architecture Parents' Talk (1pm - 1.45pm, Minor Hall 125).
  • Check-out and Send-off Parties wrap up the orientation experience on Day 2.
  • The typical Day 2 schedule for incoming students begins at 8am and concludes at 4pm.

For Parents and Guests: 

  • Day 2 begins with an Introductory Session, followed by short information sessions about safety, financial services, and additional student resources.
  • Following lunch, we encourage School of Architecture parents and guests to attend a Parents' Talk specific to the School of Architecture:

    1pm - 1.45pm — Parents' Talk with John Comazzi (Associate Dean of Academics) and Cindy Kiefer (Associate Dean of Student Affairs); The Architecture Technology Group Staff members will also be on hand to answer any computing questions you may have. Held at Minor Hall 125.
  • Visit the Residence Hall Open Display Rooms in the afternoon to get a feel for the residential experience.
  • Check-out and Send-off Parties wrap up the orientation experience on Day 2.
  • The typical Day 2 schedule for new parents and guests begins at 9am and concludes at 4pm.

For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule information, please visit the UVA Summer Orientation webpage.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Local accommodations always fill quickly! We encourage you to make hotel reservations well in advance.

The Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau offers an extensive listing of area hotels, motels, and inns.


FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS MOVE-IN


We look forward to welcoming you to Grounds for the fall term!


UVA Housing + Residence Life coordinates move-in for our students.

You can find detailed information and the most current updates about the Move-in process on the Fall 2023 Move-In webpage.

WAHOO WELCOME 2023

Learn about all the events hosted by UVA's Orientation + New Students Office by visiting the Wahoo Welcome webpage. The School of Architecture welcomes first year and undergraduate transfer students on Monday, August 21 — details are shared below.

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE WELCOME ORIENTATION

MONDAY AUGUST 21, 2023

In coordination with UVA's Wahoo Welcome, the School of Architecture welcomes our first year and undergraduate transfer students to the A-School community. The program below is mandatory unless otherwise noted.

WELCOME ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

12:30 - 1:15pm 
Lunch with Dean Malo A. Hutson, A-School Faculty + Staff
Campbell Hall First Floor North Terrace

1:15 - 1:45pm 
Welcome and Introduction to the School of Architecture with Q+A
Campbell Hall 153
Malo A. Hutson, Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor
John Comazzi, Associate Dean of Academics and Associate
Professor of Architecture
Cindy Kiefer, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Rachel Berry, Staff Psychologist, UVA Counseling and Psychological Services
Lisa Bermeo, Staff Psychotherapist, UVA Counseling and Psychological Services
Maille Bowerman (BUEP ‘24), UVA Honor Committee
Andy Packwood (BSArch '25), Student Council Vice President

1:45 - 2:15pm
Campbell Hall Tours
Meet in Campbell Hall 1st floor main lobby (Naug) 
Led by Student Ambassadors:
Katrina Clark (BSArch ‘25)
Isabella Koch (BSArch ’26)
Andy Packwood (BSArch ’25)
Tabi Summers (BSArch ’24)
Matthew Tepper (BSArch ’24)
Alan Watts (BSArch ’26)

2:15pm
Transition: Walk from Campbell Hall to the Lawn
Meet in Campbell Hall 1st floor main lobby (Naug) to walk to the Lawn with a representative from University Guides

2:30 - 3:30pm  
UVA Grounds Tour

4:00 - 5:00pm 
School of Architecture Computing Set-up and Open Help Session
Campbell Hall 153
Eric Field, Director of Information Technology and Lecturer
(Transfer students who attended summer studio and first-year students who attended Summer Orientation Session E are not required to attend this overview)


23–24 ACADEMIC CALENDAR  

Fall 2023 classes start on Tuesday, August 22. 

View the 23–24 Academic Calendar for important dates.  

 

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