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Welcome from the President

Dear Parents and Family Members:

New chapters bring excitement and change. Starting college and joining a new community certainly represents one of the most momentous new chapters your daughter or son will be writing in the months ahead. The changes they experience will mean a time of transition for your entire family.

Whether this is a new or a familiar transition for you, the Parent Handbook offers an important resource to introduce you to the University, to acquaint you with student life here, and to provide guidance for the practical decisions your student will be making with your help. Please refer to the handbook for highlights regarding student housing, dining, safety, health and wellness, and many other areas. Throughout the handbook, you also will find links to related online resources.  

I encourage you to become involved in the life of the University. You will have opportunities to participate in Family Weekend, attend cultural events, cheer on the Cavaliers at games, and take part in activities especially for parents and alumni around the country and world.

The upcoming year also represents an exciting new chapter in my own life, as I assume the presidency of UVA. My family and I are looking forward to all that lies ahead, and I am especially honored by the opportunity to serve you and your student. From my family to yours, welcome to the University of Virginia.


James E. Ryan
Beginning August 1, 2018