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UVA's First-Year Residential Experience

As part of the University's commitment to building community, all first-year students are required to live on the Grounds. The first-year residential experience begins with Summer Orientation and continues throughout the year, including opportunities for educational, cultural, and social programs; leadership opportunities through the Residential Leadership Experience; and special programs such as Professor’s Picks.

First-years live in hall-style and suite-style residential communities on Grounds. They also can choose to live in one of UVA’s three residential colleges, close-knit communities that foster social and intellectual interaction between faculty and students of all years.