New Students

The Graduate School is pleased to welcome new students to the University community, to Charlottesville and, in many instances, to America.  The following checklist and links to resources are designed to enable new students to become established swiftly within our community of scholars.

Activate UVa Email Account & Systems Access

Establish your electronic identity at the University by following the procedure for new students provided by Information Technology Services.  Completing this procedure will enable you to receive important communications sent to your UVa e-mail account, register for courses through the Student Information System (SIS), utilize public computers on Grounds, and view course syllabi and assignments via UVaCollab.

Submit ID Card Photo Online

Submit a photo to the ID office prior to arriving in Charlottesville so that your UVA ID will be available upon your arrival (available August 1).  Please note that the ID office typically does not accept these submissions until after May 1.
Visit the ID Card Office website to get information about obtaining your student ID card and what you must have on hand when you go.

Complete Pre-Entrance Health Record

Complete a pre-entrance health record.  Information about enrolling in or waiving health coverage through the University is available through the Elson Student Health Center.  This form is typically updated online by May 1 each year. Please be sure to complete and submit the form for the academic year in which you will first enroll.

Submit Official Transcript

Please arrange for your undergraduate institution to send an official transcript to the Central Graduate Admission Office by July 1 (Fall Incoming Students). This transcript must indicate final grades for all courses, the degree you were awarded, and the date on which your degree was conferred. If your undergraduate degree has not yet been conferred, please do not request an official transcript until that information is available. If your institution offers electronic and encrypted transcripts, you may have those sent to

Central Graduate Admission Office
PO Box 401102
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Physical Address (if courier service is necessary)
1001 North Emmet Street
Room 209B, Carruthers Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Records issued in languages other than English, including academic transcripts, degree certificates and graduation certificates, must be issued to GSAS directly by the degree-granting institution in their original language and with an accompanying translation. Translated materials are also accepted directly from organizations such as Educational Credentials Evaluators, International Academic Credential Evaluators, Josef Silny and Associates, World Education Services or another ATA-certified translation service.

After this deadline, an incoming student without the required documentation will be placed on a registration block for the fall term. If your final, official transcript is not available by July 1, you will need to request a waiver of the deadline from the Graduate School. If you believe that you have already provided this documentation, please consult the checklist within your online application. A required document will be marked “Received – Official” if it has been recorded by the Graduate School.

Submit Official Test Scores

GRE and TOEFL scores are sent electronically to the University of Virginia by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). If you have not done so previously, please have ETS send your official scores to Institution Code 5820 prior to July 1.
International students - if you chose to take the IELTS exam, please note that GSAS only accepts electronic scores sent directly to the University of Virginia from the IELTS testing center. No institution or department code required.

After this deadline, an incoming student without the required documentation will be placed on a registration block for the fall term. 

Establish Direct Deposit

Establish a direct deposit account in order to receive fellowship stipend payments, wages and refunds from Student Account.  It is best to set up such an account before arriving in Charlottesville to ensure timely receipt of payments.

Attend Orientation

In addition to orientation events held by your particular department or program, the Graduate School hosts an orientation session for doctoral students and a reception and resource fair for all Arts & Sciences graduate students.  Students will receive an invitation via e-mail with details regarding these events.

International Students

The following requirements apply specifically to international students.  Please note that the International Studies Office is available for consultation regarding all visa and immigration issues and sponsors a variety of activities, programs and services in support of the international community at the University of Virginia.

I-20 Request Packet

Complete an I-20 Request Packet (Financial Guarantee Form - Graduate) and send it directly to the Office of Admissions.  This document is required whether or not you need visa documents or a SEVIS transfer at this time.  You must send the completed packet to the Graduate School via e-mail

Health Insurance

Review the terms of the hard waiver program through which international students are required to demonstrate suitable levels of health insurance coverage.

Registration Session

Attend the mandatory registration session required of all new international students of any non-immigrant status.  Failure to attend a registration session will result in a block on your registration and may potentially result in a loss of your legal status in the United States.

English Language Proficiency

Take the required University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam, which is scheduled at the beginning of each semester through the Center for American English Language and Culture.