UVa Advance

July 8 - August 5, 2017 (UVA Summer Session III)

Updates for 2017 will be posted by December 1.

UVA Advance is a four-week summer residential program for highly-motivated, rising high school juniors and seniors that offers participants an opportunity to experience college life at the University of Virginia.  

Program Components (from 2016)

  • Classes: Participants enroll in two undergraduate courses – one core course specially designed for UVA Advance students and one elective course open to all Summer Session students. In 2016, students will select from the following four core classes:

    ENLT 2555: "Selfies" Old and New: Self Portrayal in Poetry and Visual Art taught by Professor of English Lisa Russ Spaar

    EVSC 2050: Introduction to Oceanography taught by Professor of Environmental Sciences Stephen Macko

    HIST 2559: Genocide (full course title TBD) taught by Associate Professor of History Jeffrey Rossman.

    PLIR 2500: Human Rights in a World of States - Origins, Effects, Prospects taught by Associate Professor of Politics Michael J. Smith

    Students’ second course is a “regular” 1000- or 2000-level Summer Session course in which UVA Advance students are enrolled with resident (degree-seeking) UVA students. UVA Advance staff advise students on the selection of their second (elective) course. Review the list of elective course options here.

  • Workshops: A series of academic prep workshops prepares participants for the challenges and opportunities that undergraduate students confront. Topics include the college admission process, undergraduate research opportunities, education abroad, skills for academic success, library resources and services, finances, and choosing a major. More information on the academic prep workshops is available here.

  • Social Activities: UVA Advance organizes team-building exercises, on-Grounds recreational events, and excursions to unique sights around Charlottesville.

Program Advantages

  • Earn six transferable undergraduate credits from UVA.
  • Engage in classes that are small, intensive, and taught by leading UVA faculty.
  • Access the support services and facilities available to resident UVA students, including libraries, sports facilities, dining halls, the Student Health Center, and more.
  • Enjoy the high impact residential learning experience for which UVA is so well known.
  • Develop friendships with students from around the world.


Participants live with their peers in an air-conditioned UVA residence hall with a trained staff of residential advisors. Participants are expected to abide by rules of University and program rules, including a nightly 10:00 p.m. curfew.

Dorms are within walking distance of academic buildings, dining facilities, University bus stops, Scott Stadium, and the Aquatic & Fitness Center


The program cost includes a 40-meal dining plan.  Dining halls are open for several hours around meal times; several snack bars/convenience stores are also easily accessible at off-hours.  The Observatory Hill Dining Hall serves as the main dining hall in summer.  

Student Safety and Services

The program begins with an orientation and tour of Grounds. Topics related to student safety, University and program policies and procedures, the Standards of Conduct, the Honor System, and program and campus resources will be covered in Orientation. Parents are invited to participate in the orientation on the first day of the program. Students will participate in an introduction to Charlottesville during the first week. UVa Advance participants enjoy access to the same student services that resident students have, including access to the the Elson Student Health Center.

UVA Advance students are subject to the University’s Honor System, Student Code of Conduct and all UVA academic and non-academic policies and procedures. The evening curfew for UVA Advance participants is 10:00 p.m. Failure to honor the curfew or to follow any UVA Advance program or University rules may result in immediate dismissal from the program with no refund of tuition and fees.  

Costs and Financial Aid (from 2016)

Virginia Residents:   $5,308*
Non-Virginians: $10,966*

*prices are subject to change once Housing and Dining prices are set for 2016

Includes tuition for 6-academic credits, student services fee, housing, 40-meal dining plan, academic support workshops and out-of-class activities.

Books and incidentals are NOT included in this price.

Limited, need-based scholarships are available.  To apply, complete the UVA Advance Financial Aid Application and submit it with your admission application documents. International students are not eligible for financial aid from UVA Advance. The financial aid priority deadline is April 1, 2016.

How to Apply (from 2016)

To be eligible for the program, a student must be in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 3.5 in a college prep curriculum and be a rising high school junior or senior in the summer of 2016.  Completed applications for admission will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is full.  We encourage students to apply early.  

The following materials must be completed and submitted to be considered for admission to the UVA Advance program:

  • PART I: Online Application Form
  • PART II: UVA Advance Application Supplement
    • Transcript - Official transcript from current high school
    • Letter of Recommendation - Completed by a high school teacher or administrator. (Send by mail or email.)
    • Short essay (350 words or fewer) Topic: The year is 2025 and you’re being featured in a magazine.  What is the publication and why have they chosen to feature you?  What accomplishments will be highlighted?  What recognitions will be mentioned? (Send by mail or e-mail.)
    • English is the language of instruction at the University of Virginia. If your first language is not English and the language of instruction at your home institution is not English, you will be asked to enter your most recent TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of the Online Application Form.  At the discretion of UVA Advance, a phone or video interview with the program director may be required.
    • Admitted international applicants who do not already hold a U.S. visa status that allows full-time enrollment will need to submit a Student Form I-20/Form DS-2019 Request Packet in order to qualify for F-1 or J-1 status. 

All materials should be mailed to:

U.S. Mail
Summer and Special Academic Programs
Attn: UVA Advance
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400161
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4161
Summer and Special Academic Programs
Attn: UVA Advance
University of Virginia
228 Minor Hall
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-416

Contact UVA Advance 

Phone: 1-434-243-2241

Information for Admitted Students