Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saturday Q&A: Part III

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!

Do I choose a roommate or am I assigned one?

There are two options when it comes to deciding who you want to room with in your first year dorm.  Some students find someone with similar interests on the admitted students Facebook page or choose to room with a friend.  The other option that is available is to do a random assignment. A student wishing to be placed with a random roommate will fill out a questionnaire about his or her daily habits and routines, and UVa will match him or her with someone who submitted a questionnaire with similar answers.
--Andrew Barat

Do you feel safe on grounds?

Simply put, yes. The reason I feel so safe is because I'm aware of the numerous precautionary measures UVa has in place to ensure a safe and secure environment.  For example,  UVa has a university-wide emergency alert system that sends a text message and email to all students once it is activated. Plus, every emergency alert is displayed on LCD screens in buildings around Grounds and a siren goes off to alert anyone outside. Our residential halls require both a key and cardswipe for entrance and the doors lock automatically upon exit. Our SafeRide program, a sort of taxi service that begins once the University bus system stops running for the evening, provides students with a ride home from anywhere on Grounds free of charge. And lastly,  there are emergency lights all throughout grounds with a button that students can press if they ever feel unsafe that will connect them directly to the local police.

What does UVa do to help students get jobs or internships?

At UVa we have an awesome career services department. They'll meet with you to go over resumes, do mock interviews, and they even organize job fairs, internship fairs, and networking events with the organizations that come and recruit at UVa. They also run our online database for applying to jobs, CavLink. They're a fantastic resource, and I've spent many hours prepping for internship and job hunts in their offices. For more information and stats, visit University Career Services's website, Facebook page, and follow UCS on Instagram and Twitter at UVaUCS!


  1. Does the university provide statistics on graduates landing jobs ans maybe even average salaries?

    1. Yes, they do! The University publishes Destination Reports each year regarding the job and graduate school placement of the most recent graduating class. They're split up by program--College of Arts & Sciences, Architecture, Nursing, Engineering, Commerce, Leadership & Public Policy, and Education. Here are some examples from 2013 for the College of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Commerce.

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    2. Thanks. You've got all the answers!