UVA Advance - Admitted Students 2022

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Congratulations on your admission to UVA Advance!  We look forward to meeting you in July.  Please review the following information, and check back often for updates!


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. Admitted students may share their course preferences here. We will assign courses based on students’ preferences. Note: Spaces are limited in each class, and every effort will be made to accommodate your preferences. 

During this summer’s program, you will be considered a visiting undergraduate student at the University of Virginia.  As such, you are expected to follow all of the academic and non-academic policies and procedures of the University.  Please review the Summer Session Academic Policies, University of Virginia Standards of Conduct, and information about the Honor System prior to your arrival.

Tuition & Fees

A student account will be established for you in the Student Information System (SIS). You will log into your SIS account to pay UVA Advance tuition and fees. Instructions for SIS activation/access will be emailed to you after classes have been assigned and you have been registered in your courses.  All major credit cards are accepted, except Visa. You may choose to pay with an e-check to avoid credit card transaction fees. Information related to viewing and paying your bill is available here.  (For guidance related to making international payments, click here

Immediately upon course registration, which the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs will complete on your behalf beginning in mid-April, charges will be posted to your account in SIS. Payment of the comprehensive fee ($423 for VA residents/$483 for non-VA residents) will be due by May 23 or five days after your course registration, whichever is later.  Remaining tuition and fees must be made in full before the third day of classes (Wednesday, July 20, 2022.)

The Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs reserves dormitory space and meal plans for all UVA Advance participants.  Students do NOT need to apply separately for housing or dining.  Housing and dining costs are included in the program fee.

Arrival & Orientation

Arrival day for the program is Saturday, July 16, 2019. Students are expected to check-in and move in between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm on July 16th

On the day of arrival, text or call Rachel Davies at 434-260-0565 if you need assistance.

The Charlottesville airport (CHO) is served by American, Delta, and United and each of the major airline alliances, SkyTeam, Star Alliance, and One World. Taxi cabs are available at the airport (no reservation needed) for the 20 minute drive to the University area. Train service is provided by Amtrak and bus service by Greyhound. Washington, DC is 2.5 hours by car and Richmond is 1.25 hours by car. Maps, directions, and additional information on Charlottesville and Central Virginia are available hereNote: International students who will be traveling by themselves are encouraged to fly into Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO).  

All UVA Advance participants will reside in Echols Dorm, which is in the McCormick Road Residence Area.  Rooms are double occupancy, and laundry facilities are located in the bottom floor of the dormitory. 

Schedule for Day of Arrival (Saturday, July 16)

9:00am - 1:30pm   Check in and Move in at Echols Dorm on McCormick Road: Staff from UVA Advance will be on site at Echols Dorm to help you check into your dorm room.  For checking in and moving in, cars may park for free at the R1 parking lot next to Ridley Hall. Echols Dorm is just down the street from that lot (see map). On the day of arrival, call or text Rachel Davies at 434-260-565 if you need assistance.

11:00am – 1:30 pm   Lunch (2 options): 1) Observatory Hill Dining Hall for Students and Families; O-Hill is at the intersection of Alderman and McCormick Roads. O’Hill will be open for lunch between 11am-1:30pm. Students’ and families’ meals will be covered by the student’s UVA Advance meal plan. Please let UVA Advance staff know ahead of time if you plan to eat at O’Hill. 2) Students and families also have the option of going off-Grounds for lunch, but they must go to Room 402 in the Chemistry building in time for the 2pm meeting. Off-Grounds lunch will not be covered or reimbursed by UVA Advance.

2:00 pm - 4:00pm    Meet in Room 402 in the Chemistry Building. Welcome Meeting: Walking Tours for Students; Q&A for Parents: UVA Advance Residence Community Advisors will lead walking tours of Grounds for students.  Meanwhile, parents may meet and ask questions of UVA Advance staff during this time.

4:00 – 5:30 pm     Free Time: Settle into your residence hall, visit the UVA Bookstore, explore Grounds, and bid farewell to your family.

5:30 pm                 Student-Only Dinner with Residence Community Advisors

7:30 pm                 Student-Only Resident Hall Meeting


Marked locations, from left to right: Observatory Hill (O’Hill) Dining Hall, Chemistry Building, Echols Dorm, R1 parking lot

UVA ID Cards

Students, please submit your photo online before arrival. The UVA ID Office is located in Observatory Hill Dining Hall.  The ID Office will be open during the move in period of Saturday, July 16 for UVA Advance students to obtain their ID cards.  Students may use these cards for dining, library services, fitness centers, and Charlottesville buses.  The ID Office requires government issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) for proof of identity.  Without a valid government issued picture ID, students will not be able to receive full privileges of their University ID cards.  


In the spring, you will be able to view a list of required textbooks for most core and elective courses on the UVA Bookstore web site.  For "Campus Term," select July 2022. The cost of textbooks is not included in the program tuition and fees.  You may purchase textbooks at the UVA Bookstore upon your arrival in Charlottesville.

Program Excursions (Subject to Change)

  • Poplar Ridge Challenge Course (Team Building Exercise)
  • Peach Picking at Carter Mountain Orchard
  • Monticello: Home of Thomas Jefferson
  • Heritage Theater Festival
  • Dinner in the Dome Room at the Rotunda

Leave Policy

Students are encouraged to remain on Grounds during weekends to develop friendships, to enjoy the program’s planned activities and to catch up on homework.  If a student needs to leave Grounds for an overnight stay, the student’s parent or guardian must send a written request to UVaAdvance@virginia.edu at least one week before the requested leave date. Requests should include a description of why leave is requested, the date(s) and time(s) the student will be away from UVA, and signatures from the parent or guardian and the student. A student is authorized to leave only after the UVA Advance Director sends the student's parent or guardian approval via email. Note: Students are not permitted to have cars on Grounds.


Laundry machines are available at the bottom floor of Echols Dorm. The machines accept payment using your University ID card through Cavalier Advantage. The cost is $1.75 per washer or dryer cycle.

Receiving Mail during the Program

Letters and packages should be addressed to:

[Name of Student]
c/o UVA Advance
425 Tree House Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22904

All mail to summer residents and guests will be delivered to the front desk in Gibbons (Conference Services Office). UVA Advance staff will notify students if/when they receive mail.

List of Suggested Items to Bring

  • Bed linens (extra-long twin size: 80 inches x 36 inches) and pillow
  • Towel and wash cloth
  • Immunization record - UVA does not require pre-entrance health forms for Summer Session students
  • Health insurance ID card
  • Computer (if you have one- Please let us know if you don’t have a computer)
  • Cellphone          
  • Alarm clock
  • Power strip (must have a UL rating and be fused with a reset switch)
  • Clothing appropriate for class (consider layers in case of chilly air-conditioned classrooms)
  • Active wear for use in the gym and for outdoor activities
  • Bathing suit
  • Umbrella or rain jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Walking/Hiking shoes
  • One nicer outfit for evening theater event and special dinner
  • School supplies 
  • You will be residing in a dorm room (not a hotel room), so hangers, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, shampoo, toothpaste and soap will not be provided.
  • Note: Many of these items may be purchased at the University of Virginia Bookstore upon your arrival in Charlottesville.

Please consult the housing policies for information about items that are prohibited in the residence halls. Students are not permitted to have cars on Grounds.

Day of Departure

Final exams will take place on Thursday, August 11th and Friday, August 12th. The earliest that students may checkout is immediately after completing their final exams and assignments. The latest that students may checkout is 11:00 am on Saturday, August 13th. Students must inform their RCAs if they check out prior to Saturday morning.  

That's all for now. We will continue to post more updates on this page. Please feel free to direct any questions to Ms. Rachel Davies at 434-260-0565 or UVaAdvance@virginia.edu.