Student Orientation

New Graduate Student Orientation
Undergraduate Fall Orientation
Frequently Asked Questions



Friday, August 21st - TIME TBD
*Our orientation program will be hosted via Zoom. Details are forthcoming.

Please continue to check the Return to Grounds and Student Resource website for updates regarding the Fall semester.




Monday, August 24th - TIME TBD

*Our orientation program will be hosted via Zoom. Details are forthcoming.

Attendees: Kinesiology, Speech Communication Disorders, Youth and Social Innovation, and Teacher Students

Please continue to check the Return to Grounds and Student Resource website for updates regarding the Fall semester.


Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

When should I register for fall courses? Our new graduate students can start enrolling on July 1, 2020. Please work with your advisor to determine what courses make the most sense for your academic program requirements.Undergraduate students will enroll depending on their status at UVA and will be notified of those specific dates. 

How will I find out the name of my advisor? When you log into sis, on your Student Service Center page you will see your advisor listed.  If not, then you can email the and we would be happy to find that information for you.

How do I set up my e-mail account? Students can set up their computing accounts by following the instructions on the ‘New to UVA’ ITS page

Who do I contact if I have questions about the Student Health Insurance Plan? Please visit our Department of Student Health page for information regarding the student health insurance and any recent updates.

Where should I plan to park if my classes are on Grounds? Parking at UVA is a challenging thing! For short-term parking, the Central Grounds visitor’s parking garage on Emmet Street is close to Memorial Gym, Ridley and Bavaro. Graduate students and non-resident undergraduates may elect to purchase parking at the Emmet/Ivy garage (approximately a 10-minute walk). Check out the Parking and Transportation site for more information.

Is there a public transportation system in UVA/Charlottesville? The UVA and Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) bus service is free to UVA students (bring your University ID card). Bus schedules have been altered and face masks are required. See this site for more information about routes and to access the Rider app for android, iphone, and blackberry operating systems.   University Transit System

Is there any expectation that I should do summer reading before arriving at Orientation? Curry is proud to support a Curry Common Read that focuses our collective conversation on diversity. The 2020/21 book is "The Privileged Poor" by Anthony Jack! Named as one of NPR Book’s Best Books of 2019, The Privileged Poor shows how disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges, and suggests what schools can do to help students thrive. Read an op-ed piece by Anthony Jack in the New York Times, and an interview with him in Vox. Then borrow a free electronic copy of the book at the UVA library! Please note - you will need to sign in with your UVA credentials to access the library database.

What is “Canvas” and how do I access it? Curry will now use Canvas, which is a learning management system and is typically the location where your course instructors will post readings, assignments, and often post grades and feedback. You can learn more and receive support by visiting Curry's Canvas Support website

Can I print at Curry? You can set up your laptop for wireless printing. See:

UVa's Printing & Copying Services offers high quality laser printing to the University in conjunction with UVA Libraries and ITC. We offer both B&W and Color printing in the libraries, ITC computer labs, and dorms around campus.

This site provides all you need to know regarding cost, instructions for using wireless computers with our public printers and also some troubleshooting tips

What is the schedule for the 2020-21? Please make sure to visit the Return to Grounds and Student Resource page on a regular basis for updates. Classes will begin on Tuesday, August 25th. There will be no Fall reading days, and in-person instruction will end by Thanksgiving. In an effort to minimize the risk of bringing the virus back to Charlottesville, students will not return until the new year.

What is a UID (University ID) and how do I retrieve it? Your University ID is the nine-digit number (NOT your Social Security number) assigned to you by the University. It will be your ID number throughout your time at the University.

You can retrieve your UID online. You will need your seven-digit UVA Student Information System (SIS) ID number from the email acknowledging receipt of your application.