Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saturday Q&A: Part II

Saturday Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions from Our Tours...

Every week we'll post answers to prospective students' questions. Some will be FAQs from tours, like this week, and others will be responses to comments and emails received via this blog. If you have a question about a post we've covered previously, comment to ask us for more information. Have we not covered it yet? Email us at and we'll reply with an answer!

Are first years allowed to have cars? What is transportation like at UVa?

First year students are not allowed to have cars. UVA is a very walking-friendly campus, and the farthest walk I've ever made from one end of grounds to the other was about 20 minutes. Some students choose to bring bicycles to get to and from class and their dorms or apartments, but the majority of students simply walk from place to place. When there is inclement weather or a student wants to go somewhere far, such as downtown Charlottesville or Barracks Shopping Mall (where there is a grocery store), the bus and trolley system is extremely convenient. All the buses are free for students to use and run from 7:30AM to just past midnight.
--Veronica Mercado

Can people major/take classes in two different academic schools?

One of the questions I get most often on tours is whether or not students are able to double major across schools?

The answer is: Yes. Many of my older friends double major in Systems Engineering within the E-School, but also major in Economics within the college of Arts and Sciences. Also even if you do not want to double major, students from one school can still enroll and take classes from another. As a result, there is a lot of crossing between schools especially early on in a student’s academic career.
--Wyatt Moorer

How do I get involved in Greek Life?

As a new first-year student at UVa, you cannot rush a fraternity or sorority until the spring semester of your first-year. This policy is called deferred rush, and it's designed to allow first-year students to adjust to college life and get to know their dorm mates and hall mates before they begin the process of rush. After your spring semester in your first year, you can still rush Greek Life organizations at UVa during the spring and fall semesters of your second year.

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