Visit Us

With its blend of historic buildings and new, innovative research and learning spaces, the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science is beautiful and inspiring. We welcome visitors to walk Engineers Way, take a tour or visit faculty and classes. And while you're here, enjoy the full University and Charlottesville experience.

  • Driving Directions

    From I-64:

    Following signs to the UVA Information Center, get off at exit 118B for the Route 29/250 Bypass. Go approximately 2 miles and take the off ramp for Route 250 East Business (Ivy Road). Turn right off the exit ramp and follow Ivy Road. At the fourth traffic light, turn right on Route 29 Business/Emmet Street. Continue 1/2 block just past the blinking light. Turn left into the University of Virginia Central Grounds Parking Garage at 400 Emmet Street South (hourly fees), which is directly in front of Newcomb Hall.

    From I-66 via U.S. Route 29 North:

    Take I-66 from Northern Virginia past Manassas. Take the exit marked “Route 29 South - Gainesville.” Proceed to Charlottesville, where Route 29 becomes Emmet Street. Pass University Hall basketball arena on the right. Proceed straight through the traffic light at the intersection of Route 250 Business (University Avenue/Ivy Road). Continue 1/2 block just past the blinking light. Turn left into the University of Virginia Central Grounds Parking Garage at 400 Emmet Street South (hourly fees), which is directly in front of Newcomb Hall.

    Getting to the Engineering Complex:

    From the University of Virginia's Central Grounds Parking Garage at 400 Emmet Street South (hourly fees), take the elevator up to the bookstore level. Walk on Newcomb Road toward McCormick Road and make a right on McCormick. Walk across the overpass/bridge. Thornton Hall is the first building on the left. Engineers Way is to the right of Thornton Hall and leads to the rest of the Engineering School complex — with the exception of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, which is housed near the Medical School.

  • Parking

    The nearest public parking to the Engineering School is available for an hourly fee in the University of Virginia Central Grounds Parking Garage at 400 Emmett Street South.

    To see other UVA visitor parking, click here.

  • Navigating the Engineering School - Map

    UVA Engineering strives for a welcoming and accessible experience for visitors. See our map for details of buildings and amenities, such as restrooms and elevators.

  • Take a Tour (No Reservation Required)

    ***Engineering tours will no longer be offered until further notice.***

    Academic Year

    During the academic year, when class is in session, tours of the Engineering School start in the lobby of Thornton Hall and are held:

    • Monday through Saturday at 1:00 PM, except for Saturdays of home football games. No reservations are required.

    Note: We do not offer tours during finals, UVA's Spring Break or other academic breaks. Check the UVA academic calendar for those dates.


    Summer tours will begin on May 28th. During the summer, tours are held Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. No reservations are required.

    • Summer tours also start in the lobby of Thornton Hall
    • Note: We will not be having tours on Thursday, July 4th or Friday, July 5th

    Academic Recess Periods

    During the University's academic recess periods (such as Spring Break or Winter Break or between the academic year and the summer), tours are offered less frequently. If you plan to visit the Engineering School during one of these recess periods, please call the Undergraduate Programs office 434-924-4074 at least a few days before you plan to visit, to confirm that a tour will be offered. No reservations are necessary. Check the academic calendar for pertinent dates.

    Visits to Grounds

    The University's Office of Admissions offers information sessions, visits and tours for prospective students and their families. Sessions and tours are accessible to persons using wheelchairs.

  • Attend the Annual Engineering Open House

    Each year in March or April, the School of Engineering and Applied Science offers a free, public event that provides an opportunity for visitors to spend a day meeting faculty and staff, interacting with current students, taking tours of state-of-the-art facilities, and attending interesting exhibits, presentations and demonstrations. We invite attendees to bring friends, family members and others who want to know the answer to the question: “What do engineers do?” Watch the UVA Engineering Web site in January/February for full details.

  • Visit an Engineering Department

    Our Engineering School departments welcome visitors and can work with you to schedule a time to visit a class, meet with students or speak with a faculty member. Contact your department(s) of interest to learn more.

  • While You're Here, See Lovely Charlottesville

    There's good reason why the U.S. Bureau of Economic Research ranked Charlottesville the happiest city in American, and why Travelers Today ranked it the top college town. Charlottesville has it all: history, culture, nature, educational opportunity and proximity to the nation's capital. 

  • Places to Stay in Charlottesville

    The University and its foundation operate multiple comfortable inns on or close to Grounds.

    There are also many lodging options available throughout scenic Charlottesville and Albemarle County.