Prep for Fall: Tasks and Information for 2020

While many faculty and staff are working remotely this summer, the contact information for most offices has not changed significantly. Every office is still reachable in some way. Here’s some guidance to get you started, focusing on new/incoming students:

  • New students should get used to checking their UVA email regularly. At some point, emails will only be sent to UVA email addresses, so it’s important to get that set up. (For information on how to set up your email, plus lots of other things), check out the to-do list on the Orientation website.)
  • Another great way to stay in the loop is to follow offices like Housing, Orientation, your school (Architecture, Nursing, etc.), and Student Financial Services on social media. Most have accounts on several social media platforms.
  • Students can expect to hear from several offices with really important information over the summer. These will including Orientation, Housing, Student Financial Services, and others. Again, you can keep track of what you need to do for these offices by checking on the to-list list on Orientation’s website.
  • Information about the specifics of signing up for fall classes will primarily come from a student’s school of enrollment (College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, etc.). Each school runs course enrollment in a way that makes sense for their specific requirements and students, so it’s important to keep up with that information. We know that students will have a lot of questions about fall classes, and there will be opportunities starting in July to talk to advising staff in your school and get those questions answered. Here’s a list of links to the main websites for students in each school, which will provide the contact information for each:
  • If you’re looking for information that’s more specifically related to the University’s planning around COVID-19, keep an eye on the site linked here, which will be updated on an ongoing basis.
  • If you want to learn how to use SIS (the Student Information System) to search for classes, check out this tip sheet from the Office of the University Registrar.
  • If you’re not quite sure which office you’re looking for, you might find the different menus on this Total Advising site helpful, as they’re arranged by task, type of student, and school of enrollment. You can learn about many of the offices you’ll interact with as a new student and over the course of your time at UVA in videos that feature faculty, staff, and students from more than 20 resource and support offices.
  • Really, the most important thing students can do this summer is to keep up with email! If you do not have reliable internet access this summer, you can always reach out by phone to find out if there’s anything you might be missing.