May 30, 2024  
Undergraduate Record 2024-2025 
    
Undergraduate Record 2024-2025

Student Engagement and Success


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DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS


Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

(The Rotunda, Northeast Wing, 434-924-7984, studentaffairs.virginia.edu). This office provides administrative leadership and shapes the UVA student experience by supporting and complementing 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 services and programs that parallel the University’s formal academic curriculum. Supporting a diverse community of students from the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond, Student Affairs staff work with individual students, student organizations, families, and faculty members to provide information, advice, and assistance. They also advocate for student needs, respond to incidents involving students, and support student well-being, development, and the overall student experience. The entire team is devoted to preparing students to be citizen-leaders throughout their lives.

Reporting to the vice president are the University Dean of Students and the following units: Housing & Residence Life; Student Health and Wellness; the UVA Career Center; the Office of African-American Affairs; and Policy, Accountability, and Critical Events. The vice president’s office also oversees centralized functions such as strategic planning, communications, finance, and technology.

The University Dean of Students (The Rotunda, Northeast Wing, 434-924-7984). The position of University Dean of Students oversees direct assistance to students through areas charged with Orientation and Transition Programs, Hoos First, Student Engagement, Multicultural Student Services, and Fraternity and Sorority Life. In addition, the position oversees administration of the Rotunda.

Orientation and Transition Programs 

(Newcomb Hall, First Floor, 434-982-4555, orientation.virginia.edu). Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) works with other University departments to implement Summer Orientation and Fall “Wahoo Welcome” for first-year and new transfer students. OTP also administers the Transfer Transitions Coaches (TTC) program, assisting transfer students with integration into the University community. Services and programming for student veterans, including the Veterans Student Center, are part of OTP. OTP also supports the Posse Scholars and coordinates other programs, events, and services throughout the academic year, including Family Weekend.

Hoos First

(Newcomb Hall, Lower Level, 434-924-8823, https://studentaffairs.virginia.edu/hoosfirst). Hoos First serves as the hub for the first-generation and limited-income student experience at UVA. This unit aims to empower, support, and advocate for students who historically may find difficulty in navigating the college process. In addition to overseeing the Hoos First Student Center, this unit develops programming highlighting UVA services and resources that support students in such areas as personal well-being, social engagement, career development, graduate school preparation, financial literacy, and academic support.

Student Engagement 

(Newcomb Hall, First Floor, studentaffairs.virginia.edu/student-engagement). Student Engagement promotes holistic leadership development, connects students to resources, and cultivates their passions. Student Engagement supports more than 750 student-managed organizations, including agency, special status, and contracted independent organizations. Additionally, Student Engagement manages several leadership development programs and builds community through the production of activities, events, and programs within Newcomb Hall and 1515 on the Corner.

Multicultural Student Services 

(Newcomb Hall, Second Floor, 434-924-9250, https://studentaffairs.virginia.edu/multicultural). Multicultural Student Services (MSS) centers on the success and well-being of historically marginalized students while also providing educational opportunities for all students. MSS staff provide services and support to identified populations, including Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian-American students; DACA and undocumented students; Hispanic/Latinx students; Native/Indigenous students; Middle Eastern/North African students; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and gender fluid students. MSS also manages the Multicultural Student Center, the LGBTQ Center, the Latinx Student Center, the Asian American Student Center, and the Interfaith Student Center, all located in Newcomb Hall.

Fraternity and Sorority Life 

(Newcomb Hall, First Floor, 434-924-7430, https://studentaffairs.virginia.edu/fsl). Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) staff work closely with the four independent Greek governing councils: Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), Inter-Sorority Council (ISC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). FSL works with the councils’ respective chapters, as well as with alumni/ae and general headquarters staff. Many IFC and ISC chapters own and operate residential houses near the University.

Policy, Accountability, and Critical Events

(The Rotunda, Northeast Wing, 434-924-7984, https://studentaffairs.virginia.edu/pace). Policy, Accountability, and Critical Events (PACE) encompasses coordination and support of student disciplinary processes, policy and compliance, and critical incident/event response. The PACE team advances the student experience by:

  • Supporting the student-run Honor and Judiciary committees in their ownership and management of student conduct adjudication;
  • Promoting a student culture of self-governance, honor, respect, safety, and freedom;
  • Facilitating student conduct practices that are fair, transparent, and educational;
  • Developing and managing University policies that support student, divisional, and University priorities;
  • Creating and executing emergency response plans that promote student safety and the ongoing delivery of mission essential functions; and
  • Reviewing and advancing relevant government legislation to support the student experience.

Office of African-American Affairs

(Luther P. Jackson House, 4 Dawson’s Row, 434-924-7923, http://oaaa.virginia.edu

The Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA) has been an integral part of the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Virginia since its establishment in 1976. The office’s primary mission is to support African-American students by assisting academic and nonacademic units in effectively meeting their service needs.

OAAA strives to create a nurturing environment that encourages African-American students’ full participation in University life while promoting awareness and appreciation of their needs, interests, and cultural heritage within the broader community. Its programs and services are designed to accommodate the diverse intellectual and social backgrounds of our students.

Beyond providing services, OAAA aims to cultivate an appreciation for African-American culture as a vital component of a diverse society. The office maintains collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and the community to facilitate information exchange and offer support for the educational success and retention of African-American students.

Additionally, as change agents, OAAA advocates for the interests of African-American students and works to address institutional barriers that may hinder their development and success. The office strives to promote belonging and inclusivity by advocating for structural, policy, and procedural changes within the University.

University of Virginia Career Center

(Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium, 434-924-8900, http://career.virginia.edu) The primary mission of the UVA Career Center is to engage and support students in the discovery and pursuit of meaningful lives. We do this by:

  • Encouraging exploration
  • Offering customized coaching and advising
  • Fostering tailored connections
  • Creating innovative programming
  • Curating relevant content and technologies
  • Developing essential skills
  • Facilitating transformative experiences

Within the context of exploring career options, students have the opportunity to first assess their personal values, interests, and skills – a foundational process often referred to as self-exploration. To support students in this self-exploration process, the Career Center offers individual career counseling as well as interactive small-group workshops. These activities help students identify connections between their academic major and potential career paths with the goal of determining next action steps in their unique process. To ensure students gain perspective on specific career paths, the Career Center manages an extensive library of online career resources. Students also have access to a network of thousands of UVA alumni volunteers who provide career advice to current students.

The UVA Career Center offers several programs that allow students to experience work environments as they continue to clarify their career goals. Many students use Career Center resources to seek internships to gain experience in a career field they wish to explore or intend to pursue after graduation. A number of programs and services support both externships (job shadowing) and internships, including job/internship fairs in the fall and spring. Approximately 400 employers from a variety of fields visit Grounds annually to meet and interview students for their organizations. Additionally, through the generous sponsorship of the UVA Parents Program, the Career Center provides a number of grants each year to students who secure unpaid public service internships. Each semester, a variety of alumni and employer panels provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about numerous career fields including, but not limited to, communications, government, consulting, environmental sciences, research, law, and health professions.

As students complete academic programs and prepare to embark on their post-graduation experience, some pursue graduate or professional schools, while others seek employment opportunities. The Career Center provides services and programs to support both. Students pursuing admission into graduate or professional schools often take advantage of the health, law, and graduate school advising services. Students pursuing employment after graduation participate in such programs as On-Grounds Interviewing, the Fall and Spring Job and Internship fairs, the Government and Nonprofit Career Expo, and other career fair programs as well as online job posting services. They may also attend dozens of workshops covering topics from writing professional resumes to conducting effective job and graduate school interviews.

Information about all Career Center programs and services is available on the website at http://career.virginia.edu along with a calendar of upcoming panels, programs, and workshops. 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, the School of Education, the School of Architecture, and the UVA Alumni Association.


INTERNATIONAL STUDIES OFFICE (ISO)


The International Studies Office (ISO) is a University-wide resource that supports UVA’s international mission by developing and coordinating programs, activities, and services designed to create and enhance a globally aware, culturally diverse education and research environment. The ISO manages the International Student and Scholars Program, Education Abroad, and the International Center. The success of ISO programs and services helps ensure the University is a destination of choice for international scholars and students, as well as for American students who seek an undergraduate or graduate education guided by international perspectives.

The International Students and Scholars Program (ISSP)

The International Students and Scholars Program addresses the unique needs of the international student and scholar community, including cultural, social, educational as well as legal issues in regard to immigration status. Additionally, the ISSP administers the F and J visa programs on behalf of the University. ISSP supports all students, researchers, faculty, and official short-term visitors who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the U.S. by:

  • Certifying eligible internationals for participation in the above mentioned visa programs
  • Advising on matters related to acquiring and maintaining legal presence in the U.S.
  • Supporting transition to American society and culture
  • Offering guidance on policies and procedures
  • Providing assistance for crisis intervention

ISSP collaborates with University divisions and departments by informing them of the U.S. immigration laws and regulations. The ISSP’s comprehensive website includes information and forms for international students, scholars, and international employees, as well as information for departmental use: http://issp.virginia.edu.

The Lorna Sundberg International Center

The Lorna Sundberg International Center is a unit of the International Studies Office. Since its founding in 1972, the International Center has promoted inter-cultural awareness and respect by providing a comfortable environment for the sharing of cultures. The IC offers programs and services to enhance the experience of UVA’s international undergraduate and graduate students, research scholars, faculty and families; and opportunities for intercultural exchange and enrichment for members of the University and the greater Charlottesville and Albemarle communities. The IC offers non-credit English classes and discussion groups, cooking classes, social and cultural events meeting and reception facilities, and six guest rooms for short-term international visitors to UVA.


Center for American English Language and Culture


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:

  • An intensive English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program beginning in July each year. The EAP program is for entering students and research associates.
  • A two-part undergraduate sequence of ENWR courses designed to fulfill the College of Arts & Sciences’ First Writing Requirement. 
  • An add-on certificate available to current undergraduate and graduate students for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). 

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 caelc.virginia.edu


Office of Citizen Scholar Development


The Office of Citizen Scholar Development is home to fellowships and undergraduate research at the University of Virginia. In terms of undergraduate research, we are committed to supporting students to understand what undergraduate research & creative inquiry is; to pursue opportunities to participate in undergraduate research & creative inquiry; to seek wise counsel and healthy mentoring relationships; and to become equipped with skills and approaches to drive their own development and growth as citizens and scholars, including discernment on whether and how best to participate in undergraduate research or other outstanding opportunities at the university and beyond.

In addition to running the USOAR Program for students eligible for Federal Work Study, we support summer research & creative inquiry projects for all students through the following awards:

• Double Hoo Award

• Harrison Undergraduate Research Award

• Kenan Award

• University Undergraduate Award for Projects in the Arts 

In terms of fellowships, we use the process of applying as a catalyst to further the personal, social, intellectual, and professional development of UVA students and alumni as citizens and scholars, people who are thoughtful, ethical, and mutually connected to their communities.

Dedicated to fairness and accessibility, we provide students with accurate information; guide them through reflection and discernment; equip them to seek wise counsel and healthy mentoring relationships; challenge them to articulate goals, to think, and then to act; and support them in competing at the highest level.

We use the term “fellowships” to refer to all national or international opportunities in which University of Virginia students and alumni can participate. Terms such as “scholarship,” “award,” “grant,” and “program” are in the names of many of what we refer to as fellowships. Fellowships provide support for academic, professional, and/or personal growth. Much of the support is financial but may also be logistical or social, and these opportunities may include study, research, travel, internships, entrepreneurial endeavors, or other professional placement.

Students recognize the names of a few fellowships, such as:

• Fulbright US Student Award

• Goldwater Scholarship

• NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

• Rhodes Scholarship

• Truman Scholarship.

However, there are 100s of other fellowships available to UVA students and alumni. We are happy to support the pursuit of any fellowship.

Website: https://citizenscholars.virginia.edu/

Awards Database: https://citizenscholars.virginia.edu/awards-database

Email: citizenscholars@virginia.edu