Student Orientation

New Graduate Student Orientation
Undergraduate Fall Orientation
Frequently Asked Questions



Friday, August 23, 2019 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
*Remember to pick up your Curry T-shirt during breakfast: 8:30 – 9:15 AM

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Continental Breakfast

Ed Council Introductions and Registration

Breneman Courtyard, Bavaro Hall Atrium

9:15 am – 10:15 am

General Orientation for GRADUATE STUDENTS

Dean’s Welcome; Greetings from Academic Programs and Student Affairs, Diversity Action Committee, Ed Council, Honor

Ruffner Hall G008

10:15 am - 11:00 am

PhD Student Research Panel

PhD students will hear from Research Faculty about what to expect in the first year

Library Data Commons, Ruffner Hall, Room 302

10:15 am – 11:00 am

EdD Student Panel

EdD students will hear from Faculty about what to expect in the first year

Ruffner Hall 127

10:15 am – 11:00 am

Master’s Students Networking Session

Master’s and Education Specialist students network and meet each other!

Ruffner Hall G008
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

All Graduate Student Resource Fair and Lunch Pick up

Meet reps from Student Disability Access Center, Women’s Center, Curry Online Programs, Diversity Action Committee, Library Services and more! 

Bavaro Atrium/Cafe

Breneman Courtyard

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Curriculum, Instruction, & Special Ed (CISE)

Ruffner Hall G008

Education and Human Services (EDHS)

Library Data Commons, Ruffner Hall, Room 302

Ed Leadership, Foundations, and Policy (EDLF)

Ruffner Hall G004

Kinesiology (KINE)

Ruffner Hall G006

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Program Advising Meetings

Clinical Psychology (PhD) 

Bavaro 104

Communication Sciences and Disorders (M.Ed)

Ruffner 237

Counselor Education

Ruffner 302, Library Data Commons

Curriculum and Instruction - EdD *3 - 4PM*

Bavaro Atrium

Curriculum and Instruction – PhD (includes Special Education, Reading and LEMC)

Ruffner 200

Ed Psychology: Applied Developmental Science

Ruffner 179

Ed Psychology: Research, Statistics and Evaluation – Master’s and PhD

Ruffner 139

Teacher Education

Bavaro 116, Holloway Hall

Social Foundations

Library Data Commons, Ruffner Hall, Room 302

Monday, August 26, 2019

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Curry Picnic

RSVP here!

Breneman Courtyard



Monday, August 26, 2019

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

1 - 1:30 pm

Check in and T--Shirt pick-up

Ruffner Ground Floor Lobby

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Welcome from the Dean Pianta, Associate Dean Brighton, Diversity Action Committee, EdCouncil and Honor

Ruffner G008

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Youth and Social Innovation Program Meeting

Welcome from faculty, discuss program, network with new cohort and current students

Ruffner G004

Speech Communication Disorders

Welcome from faculty, discuss program, network with new cohort and current students

Ruffner G006


Welcome from faculty, discuss program, network with new cohort and current students

Ruffner G008

Teacher Ed

Welcome from faculty, discuss program, network with new cohort and current students

Holloway Hall/Bavaro 116

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm All NEW Students must attend What’s Your Green Dot? John Paul Jones Arena
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Curry Picnic

RSVP here!

Breneman Courtyard (between Bavaro and Ruffner)


Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When should I register for fall courses? Our new graduate students can start enrolling on July 1, 2019. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. Where should I plan to park while taking courses at Curry/UVA? 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, Ruffner 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.
  4. 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). See this site for more information about routes and to access the Rider app for android, iphone, and blackberry operating systems.   University Transit System
  5. 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 2019/20 book is "Educated" by Tara Westover! You will have many opportunities to join reading groups with other students, faculty, staff, and Curry alumni during the year ahead. You’re welcome to read over the summer—or read along with your new classmates and faculty this fall!
  1. 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
  2. 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

  3. What is the holiday, exam, and break schedule for the 2019-20 academic year? Here is a link to the University Registrar’s website with the official academic calendar.
  4.  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.

    You can also get your ID while on Grounds at the Observatory Hill (O’Hill) Student Identification card. You can get your photograph taken at this location or submit a photo electronically.