These pages contains tips and guidance for prospective students and current undergraduate students by year: new incoming and transfer students and first-, second-, third-, and fourth-year students. We strongly recommend that all students stay on top of deadlines and communicate effectively with professors and deans.
Welcome to the homepages of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. Here you will find a wealth of information to help learn more about us. The College is the largest of the University's six undergraduate schools and we offer a diverse assortment of major programs and thousands of courses taught by some of the top Faculty in the world. Some key links for you to inspect, along with the rest of the site include:
Newly Admitted First-Year Students
Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia! We will do our best to make your introduction to the University as smooth as possible. Students succeed here when they inform themselves, obtain advice, and carefully consider choices. Use the directory and glossary to find information. When you have questions, contact your Association Dean in Monroe Hall.
As you prepare to come to the University for your first year, please follow the steps below:
1. Activate Your UVA E-Mail Account
2. Prepare for Enrollment (“MY TO DO List”)
3. Learn About the College
4. Submit Your Student Information Form
- Student Information Form opens: May 4
- Student Information Form closes: June 1
- Forum Application opens: May 4
- Forum Applicaiton closes: May 18
- Students are notified of their General Education pathway (Forum, Engagements pathway, Disciplines Plus pathway) by May 22.
6. French, German, Italian, Latin, Persian and Spanish Placement Exams
Are you exempt from the College's World language requirement? If NOT, take the relevant online exam below. Other language exams will be offered at the start of the fall term.
Find more information at these links:
7. Learn How to Use Student Information System (SIS) - watch these SIS help videos
8. Consider Adding a COLA 1500 to Your Fall Schedule
One-credit graded seminars open to all first-year students in the College—the instructor will be your academic advisor.
9. Send Transcripts With College Credit Directly to the College
Have official transcripts sent to: College Registrar, University of Virginia, College of Arts & Sciences, P.O. Box 400133, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4133
10. Evaluate your credit and/or placement.
- Dual enrollment credit
- SAT II and/or Foreign Language Placement Test scores
- AP credit
- IB/international credit
11. Like "UVA College of Arts & Sciences" on Facebook.
See the Awards and Honors page for details on various honors.
Newly Admitted Transfer Students
New Transfer Students see the New Transfer Student Guide for information.
If you are a new first-year student, we urge you not to take on too much your first semester. Most students find that college work requires more time and effort than high school courses; you may need a semester or two to acclimate to this new, demanding academic environment. Do, however, be sure to enroll in at least 15 credits.
As you begin to consider the subjects you would like to study during the next two years, do not be overly concerned about declaring a major immediately or transferring to a pre-professional school elsewhere in the University. You are encouraged to select courses that intrigue you, and to investigate areas of study you have not encountered before.
Questions? See your Association Dean in Monroe Hall.
Tips for First-Years
There can be demands inside and out of classes. Keep these things in mind while making choices for the semester:
- Follow the steps on on course selection and building a schedule
- Start with 15 credit hours your first semester; you can drop or withdraw from a course to a minimum 12 hours. (If you enroll in a 4-credit course, sign up for 16 credit hours; this will leave you with 12 credits should you need to drop or withdraw from the 4-credit course.) Note that to be eligible for Intermediate Honors you must earn 60 credits at UVA by the end of your 4th semester.
- Balance your overall schedule (e.g., leave time to get around between classes)
- Try to avoid more than three consecutive classes
- Allow time to eat lunch
- Keep in mind the location of your classes and consider the amount of time it takes to travel from one class to another
- Factor in the time for extra-curricular activities, social life or a part-time job.
- Consider enrollment in the Academic Achievement Program.
Key Links for First-Year Students:
- Academic Achievement Program
- Academic Policies
- Course Selection
- Glossary (key College terms and abbreviations)
- Scholarships and Fellowships
- The Writing Center
Focus on your classes and the adjustment to College!
Ten Things You Need to Know
- Plan to register for and attend Summer Orientation.
- Attend the College transfer student Orientation meeting on the Sunday before classes begin.
- Learn the College Deadlines (see the academic calendar) and pay attention to them. Verify your course enrollments BEFORE the drop deadline.
- Don’t repeat courses for which you have already received credit.
- Fulfill any remaining area requirements, especially the first writing, math/science and foreign language requirement, as soon as possible. Once you matriculate, all remaining College area requirements must be completed here.
- Get off to a head start by attending one or more Summer Session terms at the University of Virginia this year. All credits earned are applicable to your degree requirements.
- Second-year students will be assigned an advisor; third-year students need to declare a major upon arrival and will then be assigned an advisor in their major.
- See Dean Oxment if you are a third-year student and are unable to declare your major within the first two weeks of the fall semester.
- You may not have an extra semester to complete a second major. You may finish your degree during Summer Session if you need to do so.
- Get to know your instructors and your Academic Dean (Dean Elizabeth Ozment, 204 Monroe Hall, 924-3350). Make use of their office hours and introduce yourself.
Key Links for Transfer Students
Every second year student should have a faculty advisor. Check your Student Center in SIS (the Student Information System) to verify the name of your advisor.
Declaring a Major
At the end of the second year/fourth semester, all College students must declare a major. At that time you will be assigned to an advisor in the major department you choose. Note that almost all College majors now have prerequisite courses that you must take before you can declare a major. Plan ahead!
You are facing some important decisions: Major? Minor? Transfer to another U.Va. undergraduate school? Study abroad? Internships, Externships? Successful students formulate and keep an academic plan by being well informed about opportunities and policies in the College, and by being in frequent contact with their advisors and their Association Dean.
Key Links for Second-Years Students:
- Honors & Awards
- University Career Center: Internships, externships
- Scholarships and Fellowships
- Study Abroad
Advising Resources & Questions
Click here for a useful guide for the second year.
By now you are in a major and may have questions about graduate or professional programs. Contact the University Career Center for pre-professional information. Gather the information necessary for taking the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and/or NTE. If you are considering graduate school, be in regular contact with your major advisor. Be sure you know several faculty members well and, if you have a 3.400 GPA, consider participating in the Distinguished Majors Program.
Key Links for Third-Year Students:
As a fourth-year student you are no doubt thinking about graduation. Watch for an email in November with information on how to apply for graduation. Be sure to verify your diploma address in SIS when you apply. Consult the graduation web page which should have answers to many of your questions.
If you plan to attend a professional school or graduate school, contact Arts & Sciences Career Services. Gather the information necessary for taking the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and/or NTE. If you are considering graduate school, be in regular contact with your major advisor. Be sure you know several faculty members well and, if you have a 3.4 GPA, consider participating in the Distinguished Majors Program.
Key Links for Fourth-Year Students: