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Welcome to the University of Virginia (Students)

May 23, 2017
To: 
New First-Year Students
From: 
Teresa A. Sullivan, President

Dear New Students of the University:

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Virginia. Soon you will come to Charlottesville to join our community, and we are looking forward to your arrival with great anticipation. Your presence among us and your participation in the academic enterprise will strengthen the University and add to the diverse human richness that defines life and learning here.

You are joining a community that holds a distinctive place among American universities. Thomas Jefferson founded this University in 1819 as an institution "based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind." Nearly 200 years later, we uphold Jefferson's founding principles and, at the same time, we affirm our commitment to innovation and the exploration of new intellectual horizons. Our students embrace a set of core values that includes honor, ethics, self-governance and personal accountability, public service, community engagement, and diversity. By living these values, students learn to be responsible citizens and effective leaders. During Orientation this summer, you will learn more about life at UVA as you take the first steps toward joining this community.

As you prepare to begin your studies here, I send my best wishes. I look forward to welcoming you to Charlottesville.

Very truly yours,

Teresa A. Sullivan
President