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UVA's First-Year Residential Experience

University of Virginia students take on challenges and make important contributions, each finding their place. The environment at UVA is designed to maximize opportunities for community, self-governance, personal development, and intellectual growth. There’s no better example than on-Grounds housing.

Centrally located, student residential communities are in close proximity to virtually all academic classrooms, contemporary dining facilities, and state-of-the-art fitness centers. First-years also can choose to live in one of UVA’s residential colleges, close-knit communities that foster social and intellectual interaction between faculty and students of all years.

The first-year residential experience begins with Summer Orientation and continues throughout the year, including opportunities for academic advising; educational, cultural, and social programs; leadership opportunities through the Residential Leadership Experience; and special programs such as Professor’s Picks.

Student members of the Resident Staff, more than 240 in total, facilitate the first-year experience and provide leadership in all of the University's residence halls. (See Resident Staff Program.)

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