Welcome! It may seem like only yesterday that you were reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Now it’s time for your child to apply to college, and again you are wondering what to expect as you begin this new phase of life.

We are happy to provide information to you that may help in the college search process. We hope that the information provided here, on the UVA Parents website, and in the UVA Parent Handbook will be helpful in giving you an overview of what your son or daughter’s life would be like at UVA.


The University of Virginia opens the door to a vast new world of knowledge and discovery. UVA’s distinguished faculty members bring the academic program to life for students. Faculty can be found in many spots beyond the classroom, serving others through their knowledge and expertise. Parents and family members are invited to take advantage of talks and programs presented by UVA faculty members, whether on Grounds, throughout Virginia, or in other parts of the country and world.

There are seven undergraduate schools and colleges at UVA. First-year students may apply to:

College of Arts and Sciences
School of Engineering and Applied Science
School of Architecture
School of Nursing
Kinesiology Program (housed in the School of Education and Human Development)

After one or two years in the College of Arts and Sciences, students may apply to join the McIntire School of Commerce, the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the School of Data Science, and other programs in the School of Education and Human Development.


Students at UVA have access to faculty advisors in each academic school, association deans in the College of Arts and Sciences, pre-professional advisors, and career counselors to help with course selection, choosing a major, vocational discernment, and understanding resources available to them. In addition, College Advising Seminars (COLAs), one-credit seminars open to new, first-year students, combine advising time with interesting course content.


The University of Virginia is regarded as one of the best universities in the nation and consistently appears on “best value” lists. As a public institution, UVA is committed to offer a world-class education that is accessible to all. We are one of two public institutions in the country able to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need (as determined by the FAFSA and CSS Profile forms) for both in-state and out-of-state students. Explore the Affording UVA website for more information.