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Admission FAQs

Admission FAQs

Does my child need to be the president of the class, play three varsity sports, walk dogs at the SPCA and spend part of her summer at a leadership conference in Amsterdam to be competitive at UVA?

Winter 2008

Welcome Wagon

Welcome Wagon

UVaExpress provides bus rides, greetings for international students

The bus ride from Dulles to Charlottesville helps with that adjustment, giving students a chance to bond and ask questions. “One girl was very interested in seeing cows,” Kirtland says. “Another was surprised at the number of churches.”

Winter 2008

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Kellogg House signals next wave of first-year residence halls

Residents call it "the O-Hilton." It’s still dormitory-style housing, but given its many amenities and commanding views of Grounds, the new $18.8 million Kellogg House feels more like a hotel, according to its denizens.

Winter 2008

Learning the Ropes—and Stairs

Learning the Ropes—and Stairs

Orientation helps first years air anxieties, build sense of community

First-year orientation helps air anxieties, build sense of community.

Fall 2008

The Power of Rice

The Power of Rice

Darden students develop energy source

In villages throughout India, huge piles of rice husks—a byproduct of rice milling—sit slowly rotting. Proving the old adage that one man’s trash is another’s treasure, two Darden students have started a business that uses these discarded but plentiful rice husks as fuel for two generators that are providing power to about 10,000 rural Indians.

Fall 2008

Chinese Spoken Here

Chinese Spoken Here

A first at the Curry School

While Elizabeth Wesner was filling out her application to the Curry School of Education in 2004, she felt like something was missing. When asked to indicate which language she wanted to be certified to teach, she created her own box and wrote "Chinese."

Fall 2008

Having a Ball

Having a Ball

Professional paintball keeps Eric Prum (Col ’08) on red-eye schedule

Prum began playing professional paintball—where two teams play capture-the-flag by shooting at each other on a battlefield of inflated bunkers—his second year at UVA. After graduating, he plans to move to San Diego to work for KEE Action Sports, one of his team’s sponsors.

Summer 2008

All Aboard the Campaign Trail

All Aboard the Campaign Trail

College Republicans and University Democrats

College students have historically been dismissed as unreliable by pundits and political advisers. At the polls, their numbers tend to be disappointingly low. But these students are clearly not the fickle supporters that political strategists have assumed.

Summer 2008

Thirst for Knowledge

Thirst for Knowledge

Students' drinking water project wins award

When more than a billion people lack clean drinking water, the efforts of two UVA students might seem like a drop in the bucket.

Summer 2008

Opportunity, Not Poverty

Opportunity, Not Poverty

Xiao Wang wins Truman Scholarship for public policy studies

The third-year economics student won a 2008 Truman Scholarship, worth about $30,000, for his leadership potential and commitment to public service. With sufficient credits to receive his bachelor’s degree this spring, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in public policy this fall.

Summer 2008

Cartoon Flaps

Cartoon Flaps

Muzzle award faults student editors

A cartoon that caused an uproar after its publication in the student newspaper last year was at the center of another wave of controversy this spring.

Summer 2008

A Sound for All Seasons

A Sound for All Seasons

Cavalier Band builds tradition from ground up

Student leadership, always at the heart of UVA's band, is helping guide the group to a new level.

Summer 2008

The Evolution of Honor

The Evolution of Honor

Enduring Principle, Changing Times

The 'community of trust' traces its origins to the first students, but the Honor System has taken some twists and turns over the years.

Spring 2008

Blue, Orange and Green

Blue, Orange and Green

The growing environmental sensibility on Grounds

Though the pace of change might not suit everyone, UVA is moving toward a greener future on many fronts.

Winter 2007

Research Party

Research Party

More students are pursuing knowledge outside the lecture hall

Spring 2007

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