Welcome to Parents of New UVa Students

May 9, 2014
New Parents of the Class of 2018
Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Dear Parents of the Class of 2018:

Greetings and welcome to the University of Virginia community. We are pleased that you and your student have chosen UVa. As your daughter or son prepares to enter the University, the coming year promises change, excitement, and the start of a new chapter for your family.

Summer Orientation marks the beginning of your student's entry into the University. We look forward to helping you and your student get off to a good start, answering any questions or concerns, and introducing you to the many individuals who will be part of this journey with your student. Please plan to participate in the Parent Orientation program so you can learn more about the student experience, the academic program, and the many opportunities available to your daughter or son. You also will have a chance to meet University faculty and staff and other parents at a special reception on the first day. The deadline to register for Summer Orientation is June 2, and your student is responsible for the registration process. Details are available on the Orientation website.

Beyond Orientation, we look forward to your involvement in programs planned especially for parents and family members. Family Weekend, programs and activities in your region sponsored by UVaClubs, athletic events, travel programs, publications, and the University's website all offer avenues for you to stay informed about the University of Virginia and become an active part of this community.

If your daughter or son provided your email address on the application for admission, then we will plan to use this address in sending you periodic updates throughout the academic year. These updates usually highlight health and safety issues, remind you about key dates, such as flu immunization clinics, and summarize other topics that may be of special interest. Your email address will be used only for communication from my office and other UVa offices interacting with parents. Anyone in your family can sign up for these Student Affairs updates by going to http://hoosonline.virginia.edu/parentsemail.

A few other ways to be involved as a parent:

  • If you would like to receive a daily email with news updates from the University, please go to www.virginia.edu/uvatoday and click on the orange "Subscribe Now" link at the bottom of the page. This daily (weekday) email will keep you informed of the many initiatives and activities at the University.
  • As a reminder, you can always visit the University's main website at www.virginia.edu for the most up-to-date information on activities and events on the Grounds. In times of emergency or inclement weather, the home page will be updated frequently.
  • UVa Alerts notifies registered users via text message when the University community faces imminent threat from a hazard. Since this system requires a computing ID, only students and staff are eligible to register for accounts, but students may add parent contacts to their accounts. Encourage your student to sign up online.
  • Please mark your calendar for Family Weekend this fall—October 31-November 2. We recommend making hotel reservations as soon as possible since local accommodations fill up quickly. The Family Weekend website provides more details and will be updated this fall with the complete schedule.

We deeply value the support of parents in the educational process. Without question, your influence and guidance will remain strong as your student meets new challenges, grows academically and socially, and develops an expanding sense of independence.

I look forward to seeing you this summer at Orientation. We hope this will be the beginning of a rewarding new chapter in your family life as you join the University of Virginia community.


Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer