Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stay the Course

As we get closer to May 1, we wanted to wish you all good luck towards the end of your semester.  Classes will be ending soon and exams will be the final caps on this term for you.  Keep those grades up, or work hard to improve your grades if there's room to do so.  It is extremely important for everyone to do this -no matter your admissions decision.  As I've said in some comments, it is not looking like we'll release this Friday, but we will be done by May 1.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This is your last day to apply for financial aid!

The subject line sums it up. This is your last chance to apply for financial aid.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to make UVa more affordable for you.
For more information, go to this great website hosted by Student Financial Services.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Do you periodically check the email address you gave to us?

In this day and age, the we do almost 100% of our communication via email.  We want to tell you what's going on at UVa, what's going on with our process and we want to be here for you in case you forgot to submit parts of your application. Yes, we can be flexible at times.  Sometimes snail mail gets lost as well.  Let us communicate with you.

**It is really important that you check the email address that you put on your transfer application.**

If you would like to change your email address in our system, let us know.  This address is also very important when it comes to financial aid and setting you up for orientation.  Until you become a UVa student, we very much rely on what you gave us on your common application.  Thanks for helping us help you!

All the latest from Peabody

-Many of you many not have received your Student Information System (SIS) username and passwords if you applied over the weekend.  There was a glitch with the upload from Common Application to our side.  This will be fixed overnight.  After that time, you should receive confirmation from us.

-There will be a missing parts email going out to 160 applicants today.   These 160 students did not submit the writing supplement that I mentioned in my last post. They will be given a short turnaround to go in and complete the application.

-Please allow 7-10 days for your transcripts to be matched up to your application if you applied within the last two weeks.

-We have also found 100 people who did not enter in their high school information.  If this is you, please write to with the following information.

Your Name, Date of Birth, High School, High School Address and the dates in which you attended.  If you attended two or more high schools, please include this information as well.   We require your high school transcript or GED score report if you decide to apply with us. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Submitting a Complete Application

I hope that most of you have started on your common application.  It is not something you want to leave until the last minute.  It can trip up even the most conscientious of applicants.
As you may know, you need to submit three parts in order to complete our entire application.  That's 1) the basic application, 2) the supplement application, 3) the application fee.  We won't see anything on our end until you submit all three parts via  You might think they are linked together, but they are not.  It seems that a lot of people think they've submitted all three parts because they've paid, but this is not always the case.  The most common mistake with our first-year applicant pool is that they submitted the basic and the application fee, and somehow overlooked the writing supplement.  Don't let this be you.  Follow through after you submit your three parts. And if you have trouble when attempting to submit, please contact the Common Application Help Desk directly.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Time for Another Open House

Our next open house is this Friday, February 7 at 10AM.   Let's hope for great weather and certainly warmer than what we're seeing this week. You will hear from current students and faculty about the application and transition process to UVA. See the schedule below.  The day will begin in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom and progress from there.  Please register for the event here. Read the entire page and then click on "Register" on the bottom left.   This registration process will instruct you to open a myUVA account if you don't already have one.

Open House Schedule of Events:

10:00am - 10:45am: Transfer Information Session
11:00am - 11:45am: Presentations Given by Individual Schools
12:00pm: Walking Tour of Grounds
The day should end between 1:30-2PM. 
We hope you can join us!

Monday, January 6, 2014

What is a Secondary School?

When filling out the Common App, your basic application will ask for a list of all schools which you attended in the past.  It is imperative that you list each and every college you attended.  Yes, it's true.

In addition, you have to list your secondary school. Many applicants are confused by this term.  It is not one that we use often, but you should know that your secondary school is your high school.  Many students who applied for spring put their college in this spot.  This is not a college or university; it's a high school.