Notes and Posts

Notes, posts and insights from the staff of the Office of Undergraduate Programs and the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education at UVA's School of Engineering and Applied Science

    Sixty Seconds for the School: Course Add and Drop Deadlines

    January 24, 2022

    The Add deadline, the last day to sign up for a class in SIS, is February 2nd. I would advise you against adding a class two-weeks into the semester unless you’ve been attending that class regularly, or have made some other arrangement with the professor. February 3rd is the last day that you can drop non-engineering classes, like Chemistry, Physics, or humanities courses. The Drop deadline for engineering courses isn’t until March 2nd. I suggest that you put these deadlines in your calendars and be very careful not to miss them! There’s no such thing as a ‘late drop.

    Sixty Seconds for the School: Engineering Expo (Friday Oct. 22nd)

    October 19, 2021

    On Friday, Oct. 22, from noon to 3 p.m., we are holding our first Engineering Expo to coincide with the beginning of Family weekend. You and your families are welcomed to Darden Court and the areas between Thornton and Jesser Halls, where you can see over two-dozen student research posters, meet with clubs, see the engineering projects of teams like Virginia Motorsports, ChemESports, Solar Car, and Mechatronics and Robotics Society, and go on tours of some of our teaching labs. Administrators, legislators, and members of our Board of Trustees are expected to be in attendance. Come, support your peers, and see what we can do!

    Sixty Seconds for the School: Academic Success & Tutoring

    October 05, 2021

    College is hard, and there’s no reason you should have to take it on all by yourself. We have an amazing team available to help you excel in learning course material, set goals to hold yourself accountable, develop good study habits, and improve how you prioritize tasks. Go to the UVA Engineering Current Undergraduate website where you can schedule an appointment directly with Blake Calhoun, Director of Undergraduate Success, or Lisa Lampe, Director of Undergraduate Education.

    If you are struggling in a specific class, then try our FREE tutoring services!  These are delivered by peers who have themselves taken that class, and who have learned the best ways to succeed. You can find this too at the Engineering Current Undergraduate website under Student Support

    Registrar Review: Course Withdrawal

    October 01, 2021

    The Fall 2021 course withdrawal deadline is October 19, 2021

    After the drop deadline (October 14) you can request to withdraw from a course in SIS. To get started, go to the drop tab in your SIS Student Center. Use the DROP transaction for the desired class. When you get the message about withdrawing, click on the "Request Class Withdrawal" link and follow the directions. If withdrawing from a course will put you below 12 credits for the term, you must appeal to Dean Guilford prior to the deadline (October 19). Support from your academic advisor should be included with your appeal. 

    If the course withdrawal is approved, a grade of ‘W’ will be posted on your transcript, but will not be included in your GPA calculation. Please feel free to reach out to the Office of Undergraduate Programs for support. 


    Sixty Seconds for the School: CAPS

    September 27, 2021

    Especially at this stressful time of year, it’s common for many of us to need some extra help, and I want to remind you to treat your mental health the same as you would any other health-related matter. If you find that you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or stress management, or even if you can’t quite identify what’s wrong, please consider contacting Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for support. 

    Liz Ramirez-Weaver and Katie Fowler (on leave until mid-October), are counsellors embedded right there in Engineering, with offices in Thornton Hall. Please make an appointment through CAPS, and mention that you are an Engineering student. If you find yourself or a friend in crisis, you can walk into CAPS during business hours M-F 8:00 am-5:00 pm, call CAPS on Call after hours at 434 243-5150, or call 911.

    Sixty Seconds for the School: Food Insecurity

    September 20, 2021

    At least 11% of college students in the United States experience food insecurity, meaning that they aren’t able to afford enough nutritious food. UVa students aren’t exempt from this problem. If you're experiencing food insecurity, we can help! You can visit the Engineering Food Pantry in Thornton A121, directly across the hall from Career Development, to supplement your diet. This open space, supported by the Engineering Student Council, operates on the honor system and is meant to help students in need. The UVa Community Food Pantry is much larger, and is open in the Student Activities Center of Newcomb Hall, seven-days a week. 

    Finally, if you find yourself experiencing this or other financial hardships, please talk with anyone in the Undergraduate Programs Office. They can help you find even more resources.

    E-Council Corner - Study Abroad Coffee Chats

    September 15, 2021

    Are you interested in studying abroad?  Not sure about studying abroad and want to hear from people who have been in your shoes?  Already know you want to study abroad, but want to talk to someone who’s been abroad about how great it is? Well look no further! The Engineering Student Council is hosting 1-on-1 Study Abroad Coffee Chats for this semester. These chats consist of someone who has studied abroad and someone who is considering going abroad to have a casual conversation where you can ask for advice, recommendations, what have you! We will also supply each person with a gift card to Starbucks.

    If you are interested in participating in a coffee chat, please fill out this form so we can pair up everyone properly, and once we have both groups made, we will let you two figure out a time to meet.

    Please fill it out by the end of the day on Sunday, September 19 to ensure your pairing.

    Reach out to the Study Abroad Chair, Nathan Barrington (, with any questions!