Visit our Program

Interviews may be required during the review of all applications.

However, we do offer two means for visiting the Program faculty members and with current students. First, following the schedule below, we hold a series of onsite Visitation Days. In these face-to-face meetings, a faculty member will discuss applications, admissions, financial support, and whatever you would like to discuss; these meetings typically last 1.5 hours. We provide an extensive handout so you won't be madly writing everything down. You will also meet separately with a current grad student who will also conduct a tour of our clinic.

The second way of getting to know us is through a series of online Visitation Days (please see schedule below); these meetings typically last 1 hour. To attend on of these meetings, simply make a request through As the meeting day draws near, you will receive an email from Vickie Thomas providing a link to join the Zoom meeting.  A faculty member will cover all of the information we discuss in our face-to-face Visitation Days. The same handout is also included. After about 45 minutes, the faculty member will turn the meeting over to one of our current grad students. The only thing missing is a walk-through of our clinic. To help with that, we are developing a virtual tour.

Through either medium, we are delighted to have you join us in one of these sessions. Details about these session appear in the next two sections.

Visitation Days in Charlottesville

A representative from the Program will meet prospective students and significant others in the Sheila Johnson Center on the Ground Floor of Bavaro Hall (area map). Hourly visitor parking is available across the street at the Central Grounds Parking Garage (area map). For directions to Bavaro Hall using your GPS or maps application, use 417 Emmet Street South, Charlottesville, VA 22904 for the location address.

Please contact us at to schedule a visit on one of the following dates:

September 6 11:30 a.m.
October 11 11:30 a.m.
November 1 11:30 a.m.
December 13 11:30 a.m.
January 24 11:30 a.m.
February 7 11:30 a.m.
March 6 11:30 a.m.
April 3 - CANCELLED 11:30 a.m.


For a sense of things to do while you are in Charlottesville, see the section on Charlottesville & Albemarle County.

Visitation Days Online

Online Virtual Meetings are scheduled on the following dates beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST.  Please contact us at to sign up for a session.  You will receive an email invitation from LaVae Hoffman via ClickMeeting the day before your selected session.  Just click the link in that email and you are in!

October 11 10:30 a.m.
November 1 10:30 a.m.
December 13 10:30 a.m.
January 24 10:30 a.m.
February 7 10:30 a.m.
March 6 10:30 a.m.
April 3 10:30 a.m.


Charlottesville and Albemarle County

Our town and surrounding county are nestled between the Piedmont Mountains to the east and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west.  Charlottesville is located approximately 100 miles southwest of Washington, DC and 70 miles northwest of Richmond, VA.  Charlottesville is a wonderful place to live and go to school  It is a wonderful combination of metropolitan and rural living.  For an introduction to the place we know as C'ville, please check out these videos.

For a virtual tour of Mr. Jefferson's University, check out

For a great guide and resource for UVA graduate students regarding the University and the greater community, please visit

Charlottesville offers a wide range of entertainment, dining, lodging, cultural, and historical options for visitors. A good place to start exploring any one of these themes is . You will find information about special events and festivals, and a broad range of options that are always available. For instance, some people like to attend tastings at local vineyards or breweries; others like to book a wine or beer tasting tour.

If you visit with us, you will find hotels ranging from clean-and-economical to special, and there are many bed and breakfast options as well.  In addition, Charlottesville offers really good dining options for just about every taste and budge.  More extensive listing are found at at

Also, our students offer these recommendations for visitors:

  • Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings (April-December)
  • Cideries, wineries & breweries (hundreds of them)
  • Friday's After 5 Series at the Downtown Mall pavilion (every Friday mid-April to mid-September)
  • Carter's Mountain Apple Orchard
  • Chiles Orchard in Crozet
  • Visiting the Downtown Mall
  • Eating (so many delicious restaurants in Charlottesville and throughout Albemarle County)
  • Hiking (many trails around here)
  • Concerts at John Paul Jones Arena (JPJ) and at various venues downtown (e.g., Paramount, The Jefferson, The Pavilion)
  • Monticello, Montpelier, Ash Lawn-Highland (and other historical sites)
  • plenty of shops for shopping
  • UVA sporting events (basketball, soccer, baseball are popular)
  • various festivals depending on the time of year (Top of the Hops Beer festival in September, Virginia Film Festival in November, Virginia Festival of the Book in March)

And finally...

If you have questions about the Communication Disorders Program or the admissions process, please contact us at or by calling 434-924-7472.