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Student Organizations and Activities

A wide range of ways to be involved academically and socially is available to students – from lectures and guest speakers to musical performances, athletic events, art exhibits, community service, and student organizations.

Opportunities for Involvement

By getting involved with groups outside the classroom, students gain skills in leadership, communication, conflict management, time and project management, budgeting, and teamwork.

Student organizations and groups are defined based on their relationship with the University. CIOs operate independently of the University, while Agency and Special Status groups operate under a defined relationship with the University.

Contracted Independent Organizations (CIOs)

Although students may become involved in the highly visible organizations described on Citizen Leadership, nearly every student belongs to at least one CIO.

With nearly 700 CIOs available, students can find a group for almost any interest and level of engagement. CIOs encompass a variety of activities such as hobbies, sports, publications, academic interests, community service, religious belief, culture, arts, professional development, and social communities.

Agency Groups

These organizations act on behalf of the University and provide specific University services. Student leaders of these organizations assume responsibilities that are delegated by the Board of Visitors and through an administrative office on Grounds. Examples include University Programs Council, the University Judiciary Committee, and the Honor Committee.

Special Status Groups

These organizations act as agents of the University in the specific functions that are delegated to them by a University official. The functions of these groups are subject to the supervision and control of the University. Examples include Class Councils, Student Council, School Councils, and University Guide Service.

Recreation and Sports

Club Sports

Club sports allow students to play sports in a competitive environment with other institutions without the commitment of NCAA Division I varsity sports. Many club sports regularly compete in tournaments and events across the country. A few examples of the many club sports include: sailing, skiing/snowboarding, dance, lacrosse, crew, martial arts, racquet sports, baseball, climbing, cycling, swimming, water polo, ice hockey, field hockey, soccer, rugby, and golf.

Intramural Sports

Intramural sports offer students the opportunity to play sports in a competitive and recreational environment within the University community. Intramural leagues often are organized around residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and other organizations, but are open to any students with valid University IDs who wish to form a team. Intramural sports include, but are not limited to: basketball, flag football, floor hockey, innertube water polo, soccer (indoor and outdoor), softball, volleyball, and Ultimate Frisbee.

Recreation and Fitness Programs

In addition to intramural and club sports, the Intramural-Recreational Sports Department offers students the opportunity to connect with the fitness community at UVA through formal instruction, drop-in classes, or open recreation.

Recreational Facilities

Five recreation facilities at the University enable students to exercise and enjoy recreational activities every day of the week:

  • Aquatic & Fitness Center
  • North Grounds Recreation Center
  • Slaughter Recreation Center
  • Memorial Gymnasium
  • McArthur Squash Center

These facilities collectively house cardiovascular and strength training equipment; basketball, volleyball, squash, racquetball, handball, and wallyball courts; indoor running tracks; swimming pools, hot tubs, and saunas; showers and locker rooms; and multipurpose rooms with more than 100 group exercise/training classes per week.

Outdoor facilities include two turf fields, three softball fields, three grass fields, and 17 tennis courts. For outdoor needs, Outdoor Adventure offers a bouldering wall and gear rentals, as well as a variety of trips.

Madison House

Madison House is one of several avenues for community and public service at UVA. Serving as a student volunteer center located near the University, Madison House coordinates volunteers, develops leaders, builds community partnerships, and promotes lifelong volunteer service. Every year, more than 3,000 UVA students volunteer on a weekly basis in the Charlottesville community through Madison House, serving as tutors, construction workers, day care supporters, patient service representatives, role models, and peer counselors.

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