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Information on Lawn Room Application Process

October 29, 2019
To: 
Third Year Students
From: 
Allen W. Groves, University Dean of Students

Dear Third Year Student,

On behalf of the members of the Lawn Selection Committee, I invite you to consider applying to live on the Lawn. Life on the Lawn is an incredible, unique experience, and the committee will soon begin the difficult task of choosing the 2020-2021 Lawn residents. The application is now available on the Dean of Students website

Perhaps the most valuable aspect of living on the Lawn is the opportunity to meet and spend time with a dynamic and dedicated community of individuals, your neighbors for a year. Please use your response to application question 3 to display your creativity – what do you hope to bring to the Academical Village? The Lawn is a community that values efforts to be inclusive and welcoming.

Applying to live on the Lawn should be something to which you devote a considerable amount of thought. Living on the Lawn imparts both privilege and responsibility and should not be taken lightly. You become a representative of what the University values – honor, respect for others, student self-governance, and personal accountability. You become a custodian of a historical physical space. Most importantly, the passions and energy you bring to the space will help fulfill a longstanding goal to cultivate a Lawn community that reflects all the talents, knowledge, and backgrounds the student body has to offer. For this reason, we ask that you reflect on your time here at the University, consider the aspects of your UVA experience that have brought you the most joy, and be your most authentic self in completing the application.

You are expected to make your Lawn room your primary overnight University residence and place of abode if selected. In addition, it is expected that students selected to live on the Lawn will not study abroad during that academic year, other than during J-Term.

Do not allow your GPA, or more accurately your perception of your GPA, to foreclose you from applying for the Lawn. There is a brief space on the application to explain your GPA if you were affected by extenuating circumstances. Although academic success is one of the criteria for selection, the committee recognizes University students may experience personal circumstances or an academic path that occasionally leads to a student experiencing a rough semester. If that is the case for you, feel free to use this space to explain your circumstances (although you are not required to use it).

Beginning this year, as a result of a generous gift from The Seven Society, a fund has been established to assist students with financial need who wish to live on the Lawn. Financial need should be no barrier to living on the Lawn. Please contact University Dean of Students Allen Groves at allengroves@virginia.edu if you would like more information on how this process works.

Students enrolled in the joint College of Arts & Sciences/Batten School BA/MPP program should apply in their third year for residency in their fourth year. 

Please remember that your application must be submitted by 12:00:00 noon on Thursday, January 2, 2020, in order to be considered by the committee. Should you have questions, you are welcome to contact me via email at kfp5gn@virginia.edu or stop by my room, 26 East Lawn, and catch me in person. Additionally, three information sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Rotunda Multipurpose Room for all three sessions

These are entirely optional and designed to answer frequently asked questions about living on the Lawn, the selection process, and the application.

Best of luck with the application process and with the remainder of your time at the University.

Sincerely,

Keiara Price
Lawn Senior Resident, 2019-2020