Student Guide

These pages contains tips and guidance for prospective students and current undergraduate students by year: new incoming first-year and transfer students and current 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. 

NEW STUDENT Checklist: Information for Fall 2021 Advising and Enrollment

Newly Admitted First Years and Transfers Preparing for Summer Advising and Enrollment


Activate Your UVA Email

All communications about summer enrollment will be sent to your UVA email only. Activate your UVA email if you have not already.

Learn About the College

The College of Arts & Sciences web page has important academic dates and policy information.

Complete Your Student Information Form

All incoming students must complete the Student Information Form by May 23.

Complete Your Curriculum Module

Please refer to the email sent to students' UVA email accounts with the appropriate curriculum module, or you may choose the appropriate curriculum module below:

Disciplines Plus Pathway Module

Engagements Pathway Module

Echols Scholars Module

2nd year Transfer Student Module

3rd year Transfer Student Module

Review Your General Education Curriculum Options

First Year students will be placed in either the Engagements or the Disciplines Plus general education pathway.  Once notified via your UVA email, you will have a short window to request a change in your General Education pathway. The deadline to request a change in your General Education pathway is May 23

First Writing Requirement Placement

New First Year students except Echols Scholars must complete a First Writing Requirement course in their first year.
Students who submitted an SAT or ACT score for admission will be placed in their first writing course according to their scores; see First Writing Placement.

Students who did not submit these scores should complete the First Writing Placement Module by May 23. *Note, the deadline for completing the First Writing placment module has been extended until midnight on 5/26.

Pre-enrollment Survey

New First Year students will have the opportunity to be pre-enrolled in a number of classes before their summer enrollment time. Watch for the email with subject "Opportunity to Pre-Enroll in A&S Fall Courses" (May 28) and complete the pre-enrollment course preference survey to be pre-enrolled. The link in the email is individual to each student and should not be shared. Please submit your pre-enrollment survey by June 8

World Language Requirement

In your first year at UVA are you planning to continue with a World Language you studied in high school or at another college? If so, click on these links below to learn about the appropriate placement and take the apprpriate exam.

Find more information about other languages and placement at these links:

Math Placement

Click here for information on math placement.

Learn To Use SIS and Plan Your Schedule

Take some time to log into your Student Center in SIS and learn the Student Information System.

  • Watch the SIS Schedule Builder Video
  • Plan your schedule using "Class Search" in SIS, add 15-20 College Classes to your shopping cart by June 24.
  • Choose only 1000- or 2000-level courses.
  • You may add closed or waitlisted classes to your cart - there may be seats available during your course enrollment sessions.
  • 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.
  • Consider a USEM Course
    • University Seminars are two-credit courses that are offered during both the fall and spring semesters. Student participation in a USEM should foster a love of learning with the goal of igniting a spark of enthusiasm for a particular subject. 

Evaluate Your AP/IB/Dual Enrollment Credit

Check Your Enrollment Appointment

New students will be assigned enrollment appointments which give them access to enroll in classes. When notified via your UVA email be sure to check the day and time of your enrollment appointment in SIS. You will be able to add courses, as well as swap any pre-enrolled courses. All enrollment appointments are randomly assigned and cannot be changed. Be sure you note your day and time.

During your enrollment appointment, log in to SIS and enroll in Fall classes. We recommend that you begin enrolling at least one hour prior to the closing of your enrollment window, or else you will not be able to enroll in courses until August. You will enroll in additional credits at a later date. You will also receive an email with instructions on how to attend "day-of" zoom session where advisors and staff will be on hand to help answer questions.

FAQs for Summer Enrollment

Register For Advising Webinars

Advising webinars via Zoom will be the first step in advising for fall course selection. Students and parents must pre-register for these Webinars.

First-year students can watch a recording of the webinar here: Watch the First-Year Advising Webinar

Parents of first-year studnets can watch a recording of the parent webinar here: Watch the First Year Parent Webinar

Transfer students can watch a recording of the webinar here: Watch the Transfer Advising Webinar

Zoom Advising For Fall Course Selection

Advising for fall course selection will be available in Zoom the day before and the day of each assigned enrollment appointment. Advising sessions will be brief one-on-one meetings in Zoom break out rooms with a College Assocation Dean
Check your UVA email for Zoom advising links.

Enrollment for Fall 2021

Students enroll in classes during their assigned enrollment day and 2 hour time block in SIS. Students are assigned enrollment appointments in SIS.

Finish Your Schedule

Incoming students will continue building their fall schedule during an August 9 enrollment appointment (when the credit cap rises to 15 total credits) and, as needed, join waitlists. Information on this will be sent via email in early August. On August 11, at 8 AM the credit cap will increase to a maximum of 17 credits. SIS will then remain open for enrollment through the add/drop deadline.

Learn about Collab

Log into Collab in August before classes begin to review course syllabi and determine how to prepare for the first day of class. Some classes may have work due at the first meeting.

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First Year Students

Current First Year Students

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:

Focus on your classes and the adjustment to College!

Second Year Students

Are you a new transfer student preparing for your first semester at UVA? Please visit the “New Transfer Students” tab below.

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:

Advising Resources & Questions

Click here for a useful guide for the second year.

Third Year Students

Are you a new transfer student preparing for your first semester at UVA? Please visit the “New Transfer Students” tab below.

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:

Fourth Year Students

As a fourth-year student you are no doubt thinking about graduationWatch 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:

New Transfer Students

New Transfer Students see the New Transfer Student Guide for information. 

New Transfer Students

Ten Things You Need to Know

  1. Plan to register for and attend Summer Orientation.
  2. Attend the College transfer student Orientation meeting on the Sunday before classes begin.
  3. Learn the College Deadlines (see the academic calendar) and pay attention to them. Verify your course enrollments BEFORE the drop deadline.
  4. Don’t repeat courses for which you have already received credit.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. See Dean Ozment if you are a third-year student and are unable to declare your major within the first two weeks of the fall semester.
  9. 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.
  10. 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

Prospective Students - Thinking About UVA?

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: