• Welcome to Incoming First Year Students

    Dear Students:

    On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia, I offer you a warm welcome to our community.  We all look forward to working with you in the coming years.  We know that you will have a rewarding experience at UVA despite these challenging times.  This letter gives you important details about summer advising and enrollment.

    Prepare for Summer Advising & Enrollment

    Our first meeting with you will be at one of our summer orientation sessions.  Here is a preparation checklist. 

    • Complete the Student IT Checklist.
    • Complete the Calculus Background & Placement Survey no later than June 11th.  The Applied Math (APMA) Department will send you a confirmation email with a link to the placement exam and to a tutorial after you complete the Calculus Background & Placement Survey. Please note that this is not an automatically generated email and it may take a few days for you to receive this email after you complete the survey.
    • After completing the Calculus Background & Placement Survey and completing the Student IT Checklist, take the Calculus Placement Test before Friday, June 25th.  The placement exam is required of all incoming engineering students.  Learn about common Engineering first-year courses.
    • Have AP, IB, or dual-enrollment credits?

    What to Expect during Summer Advising & Enrollment

    Advising: We advise you on course selection, important information and dates, and other academic issues.  You will meet with an Advisor and Orientation Leader to discuss your selection of courses for the fall.

    Scheduling: In early July we will be automatically enrolling all students in required fall courses. These courses include ENGER 1624 (or ENGR 1410 for Rodman Scholars), CHEM 1410 and 1411, APMA 1090, 1110, or 2120 depending on your Calculus Placement score, and STS 1500.

    • Exceptions: If we have received AP, IB, or transfer credit for any of these classes before July, we will not enroll you in a class you have received credit for already (ex. You got a 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam, you will not be enrolled in CHEM 1410)
    • Only half of the incoming students take STS 1500 in the fall, the rest take it in the spring so not everyone will have that on their schedule.
    • Students who have 15 or more credits are considered to have a full schedule and will not have to add other courses during their advising and registration session. Anyone with fewer than 15 credits will have to add one or more courses and will work with an advisor to choose those courses.
    • We will not be making any changes to the classes you were automatically placed into during your advising and registration session. Students wanting to make changes to these courses will be able to once Open Enrollment being on August 3rd.

    After your advising session, you will have an assigned registration time to enroll in the remaining courses you selected to complete your fall schedule.

    We will be sending out another email with your advising and registration session date and times in the coming weeks. Please be sure to keep checking your UVA email for important communications.

    As you prepare to join us on Grounds, please also be aware that all Engineering students are expected to have their own laptop computers. We will soon be sending you an email specifically about that.

    We look forward to meeting you this summer and to your matriculation this fall.  Best wishes for a wonderful summer!

    Be well,


    William H. Guilford

    Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education

    Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

  • Welcome to Incoming Transfer Students

    Dear incoming engineering students,

    Congratulations and welcome to UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (UVA Engineering) on behalf of the Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office.  Over the next few months, we will be working diligently to make you aware of opportunities to jump-start your undergraduate career at UVA and to help guide you in your decision-making for Fall course enrollment.  We share your excitement to start making plans and wanted to share with you the timeline for course transfer, declaring a major, academic advising, and ultimately enrollment.  Below are important steps you must take to make this a smooth process: 

    Evaluating Course Transfer Credit (May/June)

    • Submit your final transcript (and AP/IB scores, if applicable) to UVA Admission.
    • Completed an Associate’s Degree?  Make sure your degree conferral date is posted on your final transcript before sending it to UVA. 
    • Contact Undergraduate Admissions if you have questions about which documents you still need to submit.
    • Jesse Rogers, Engineering Undergraduate Registrar, evaluates transfer credit for all incoming students.  Because of the number of incoming students, this process will likely take until Friday, June 18.  You can then go into your Student Information System (SIS) account to review your transfer credit evaluation report. 

    Declare Your Major and Get an Advisor (June)

    • Complete this survey to declare your major by Sunday, June 6, 2021
    • Need to talk to someone about this decision?  Consider scheduling time with Engineering Career Development or Blake Calhoun, Director of Undergraduate Success.
    • New Student Programs will assign you a Transfer Student Peer Advisor and you will hear from them in June.
    • After we update SIS with your major, we assign you an advisor in your major by the end of June.  You can see your assigned advisor in SIS
    • Review your Academic Requirements Report in SIS and degree requirements before emailing your advisor.   
    • Advising is a partnership, so please reach out to your advisor to schedule a meeting by providing your availability and the best way to connect. 
    • After the meeting, your advisor can remove the hold on your SIS account so you can register.  

    Summer 2021 (June-August)

    Consider enrolling in UVA Summer online courses.  If you would like to enroll in a summer course, please email Jesse Rogers (jr7up@virginia.edu) as he can set you up for summer enrollment.  We recommend enrolling in STS 1500 during session 3 (July 19 – Aug 12).  There are also a number of useful courses in session 2 (June 25 – July 16).  If you have financial constraints that limit your ability to take summer courses, please consult with Student Financial Services first (sfs@virginia.edu) and consider applying to our Engineering Hardship Request.

    Fall Course Enrollment (July)

    You will enroll in Fall courses on Thursday, July 29.  Our office will hold a virtual advising session on the morning of July 29 before you enroll in your fall classes that afternoon.  More details to come…

    We look forward to welcoming you to our great engineering community.  We encourage you to help us get to know you and encourage you to get to know us.  Please check out our Engineering Undergraduate website and continue to check your email.  Please note that email is our office’s official form of communication.  Our office is working remotely this summer due to COVID-19 protocols. 

    Some FAQ’s

    How do I send my transcripts (AP/IB scores if applicable) to UVA Admissions?


    You should submit final transcripts as soon as the spring semester grades are available, even if you are also in summer courses. You can submit them electronically to undergradadmission@virginia.edu or via physical mail by:


    P.O. Box 400160

    Charlottesville, VA 22904


    190 McCormick Road

    Peabody Hall

    Charlottesville, VA 22903

    Still have questions?  Call admissions with any questions - 434-982-3200.

    Can I receive transfer credit for STS 1500?

    Answer:  We do not award transfer credit for STS 1500.  This course is specific to UVA Engineering.  If you received an associate’s degree prior to matriculating and completed a 2nd college-level English Composition course, we can award you transfer credit for STS 2500/STS Elective Requirement.

    I am missing credits for ENGR 1624.  How can I fulfill the remaining credits?

    Answer:  You can fulfill the missing credits by completing an additional Math, Science, or Technical Elective course beyond what is required for your major. 

    I am missing 1 credit for an Applied Math (APMA) course (i.e. APMA 2120 because my Calculus III course was only 3 credits and/or APMA 2130 because my Ordinary Differential Equations course was only 3 credits).  How can I fulfill the remaining credits?

    Answer:  You can fulfill the missing credits by completing an additional Math, Science, or Technical Elective course beyond what is required for your major. 

    When do I enroll in fall 2021 courses?

    Answer:  During Course Enrollment and Advising on July 29.  More details to follow…

  • First Year Courses

    By the end of spring semester, you should have credit for the core curriculum.

  • AP Credit, Transfer Credit, and Other Exceptions

    1. What course credit will you have?


    2. How can I place out of a course? Note: no course credit.

    • APMA and Computer Science place out tests are held the first week of classes.


    3. Which Applied Math (APMA) course will I take?

    • We strongly advise students to follow the recommendation of the APMA Placement Test. If you have questions about the APMA Placement Test, contact Stacie Pisano (sp7h@virginia.edu).


    4. When will I take Science, Technology and Society (STS) – Fall or Spring?

    • Half take the course in fall, half in spring. The semester you do not take STS, you will take a Humanities or Social Science Elective.
  • Computer Recommendations

    UVA Engineering requires students to come to UVA with their own laptops.

    We recommend that you begin your studies at UVA with a laptop that you currently own rather than purchasing a new one. You can then upgrade your computer as necessary after your first year when you have chosen your major. The reason is that different engineering majors have their own culture of expectations when it comes to computers (for example, Windows versus OSX) and you will not join your major until next year.

    **If you are a transfer student, please check with your advisor for major-specific expectations before purchasing a computer.**

    If you know your current computer to be inadequate and need to buy a new one before coming to UVA, then we recommend searching for a combination of readable screen size, lightweight, long battery life, and state-of-the-art CPU. A touch screen is nice but not absolutely necessary. You can find good, expert-selected computer packages with damage and loss coverage through the Cav Program of Cavalier Computers

    Please note that if you intend to purchase a new Apple laptop before coming to UVA, we strongly recommend purchasing one with Intel chips rather than the new Apple M1 chip. The reason is that the Intel-based Macs can be made to run Windows software, while the M1-based Macs currently cannot.

    For those who qualify, Student Financial Services provides a laptop program and will directly communicate with you.  If you hear from them and have questions, please contact them directly at laptop@virginia.edu.  If you did not hear from them and would like to apply based on financial need, please contact them quickly as the deadline is June 4, 2021.  Our school also has a hardship application to support students with unexpected financial hardships.

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  • Common Reading Experience

    The incoming School of Engineering and Applied Science first-year students and UVA Engineering faculty come together in small groups at the start of every year for the Common Reading Experience (CRE) to enjoy a lively discussion about a book selected by the CRE committee. Through the CRE, you will meet your fellow first-year students and will share professional and personal views and experiences, and discuss engineering careers and their connections and impacts to everyday life in the context of the selected reading.

    This year the CRE committee has selected "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" by John Carreyrou. The Wall Street Journal’s John Carreyrou takes us through the step-by-step history of Theranos, a Silicon Valley startup that became almost mythical, in no small part due to its young, charismatic founder Elizabeth Holmes.

    The book was number one on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers list for nine weeks in 2018. Named one of the best books of the year by: NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post • The McKinsey Business Book of the Year.