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You & UVA Residential

General Questions

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Participants have an opportunity to preview what it is like to live and learn at UVA. You will share a room with another incoming first-year student and get to spend time with other incoming students in an informal residential setting. You will also have exposure to the academic expectations associated with College classes. Additionally, you will be introduced to staff and faculty from offices across the University and to the range of resources available to students. By the time you leave, you will be familiar with UVA Grounds and know how to get where you need to go! Students who have participated in past residential programs share that its benefits are most striking when they return for fall semester and already have friends and know their way around Grounds!

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We have capacity for 50 students.

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Courses

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LASE 2510 does not meet any general education requirements but does count as a College elective contributing to the 120 credits you need to graduate.
All courses on the list of approved College courses meet at least one of the general education curriculum’s Disciplines requirements. Note that a single course cannot apply to multiple Disciplines categories; a course that is listed as meeting two Disciplines categories will apply in your record to one OR the other, not both. Read more about the Disciplines here.

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Yes. Most courses and much coursework assume regular access to a computer. Library computers exist but they are few, and far from the dorms. The New to UVA IT Checklist includes information about the expected technological minimums.

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We recommend that you consider the list of pre-approved classes carefully, as they are selected with you in mind and some seats are reserved for program participants. You may, however, request permission to enroll in a class not on the list by emailing askthecollege@virginia.edu

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Yes, the three programs that carry credit will appear on your transcript and will be included in your GPA. Spark! carries no credit and will not appear on your transcript.

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Housing

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No, Fall housing assignments are determined through a separate process and will not be the same as your summer accommodations. Make sure you respond to communications from Housing and Residence Life to arrange your residence hall and roommate assignments for the full academic year.

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Unfortunately, no. Students are not permitted to stay in the residence hall beyond the program move-out date on Saturday, August 13.

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Housing and Residence Life has a helpful list of what to bring (and what not to bring). Keep in mind that you will have to take everything with you when you leave on August 13 as storage facilities are not available at UVA.

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Dining

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The College will pay for a Summer Block 60 Meal Plan which includes 60 meals at dining halls and $140 in flex dollars that can be spent at select locations near Grounds. Read more about the meal plan here.

What if I have special dietary needs or dietary restrictions?

The Dining Services team works directly with students to address specific questions and concerns. 

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You & UVA Online

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In this class you will acquire tools that can help you better meet the norms and expectations of college coursework. The theme of the course, Social Identity and the University, was developed to provide you with opportunities to explore your own experiences through an academic framework while growing your capacity for compassion across difference and setting you on an intentional path for your years at UVA—a chosen community that will shape you as you shape it. Perhaps most importantly, this course offers you a space to explore, challenge, and develop your ideas and goals within a small cohort of peers that we hope that you will look to as a source of support and confidence.

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No. LASE 2510 does not meet any general education requirements. The class does count as a College elective contributing to the 120 credits you need to graduate.

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  1. You will need a device and internet connection that can support Zoom for class meetings, preferably with your camera on. The class begins on Monday, July 18 (10 am–12:15 pm EST) and concludes on Friday, August 12. This class meets Monday through Friday, each week. You must be able to attend all class meetings.
  2. The New to UVA IT Checklist provides the means to test whether your internet bandwidth supports the recommended download speeds (Step 8).
  3. Note that even if you have an existing Zoom account, you will need a UVA-specific Zoom account for security reasons (Step 5).
  4. Consider, too, that course readings, discussion, and activities will often require screen space and typed responses. You cannot manage the entire experience from a phone.
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The time homework takes to complete will naturally vary from student to student but you can expect to have routine reading and writing assignments. The writings are typically short—from regular short answer reading responses to one 5-7 pp. essay. Most of the readings are approximately 20 pages long; keep in mind that one of the goals of the course is to help you manage reading loads that are longer and/or more complex than you may be used to. 

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The LASE 2510 seminar has an enrollment cap of 25 students.

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Jump Start

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The benefits of Jump Start are twofold: helping you translate your high school academic life skills to your new college settings and allowing you the opportunity to connect with other incoming students as well as current UVA students who will share their experiences and insight.

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No, Jump Start is only offered online.

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  1. You will need a device and internet connection that can support Zoom for class meetings, preferably with a camera on.
  2. The class begins on Monday, July 18 and concludes on Thursday, August 11. Jump Start will have two 'live" (synchronous) Zoom class meetings each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:30 PM (EST). You must be able to attend all "live" classes. Mondays and Wednesdays will be self-paced (asynchronous) content.
  3. The New to UVA IT Checklist provides the means to test whether your internet bandwidth supports the recommended download speeds (Step 8).
  4. Note that even if you have an existing Zoom account, you will need a UVA-specific Zoom account for security reasons (Step 5).
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You meet "live" via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Mondays and Wednesdays there will be approximately 1 hour of asynchronous work to complete at your own pace. These online course modules include narrated PowerPoint presentations, Ted Talks, and short readings. Assignments are designed to be practical and engaging and include self-reflective writing responses among others.

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Jump Start has a capacity of 50 students.

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Spark!

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The self-paced workshops included in Spark! are full of helpful tips and key academic resources. This is an ideal option for a student who may be juggling other commitments and responsibilities but wants to spark their excitement for UVA.

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No. Spark! is not a formal class and therefore will have no “live” meetings. Instead, it is a collection of self-paced workshops. If you are interested in an in-person option, consider the 6-credit You & UVA Residential experience.

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Spark! is not offered for credit. Engagement with the content is voluntary and self-paced. You will get out of it what you put into it!

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Since Spark! does not meet "live" and is not taken for credit, there is no restriction on the number of students who can access its content.

 

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