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Academic Life


We welcome all students joining us back on Grounds. Unlike in the past, however, we designed this academic year so that students can take courses from wherever they are. (The few exceptions are practicums and other courses that require a specific in-person experience for licensure.) While we are pleased that so many students returned to Grounds in the fall, we also know and appreciate that others needed to or chose to stay in their home communities, and may do so again this spring. Regardless of where students are, our aim is to provide all of them an engaging and enriching academic experience. 

Academic Calendar

The spring semester will begin on Monday, February 1. There will not be a traditional Spring Break, but students will be given four break days (on 2/17, 3/9, 3/29, and 4/15) over the course of the semester. We will end the term on Thursday, May 6. For more information visit the Academic Calendar. 

Online Options

Because of social distancing requirements and their effect on our classroom capacity, many large classes will again be online this spring. For classes and sections offered in-person, a remote option is offered for students who are not on Grounds. The deans and faculty in every school continue to creatively approach online instruction while maximizing the number of in-person classroom experiences; decisions about which classes have an in-person option will be made based on the format of each class, our classroom capacity in light of public health requirements, and the availability of faculty instructors to teach in-person.  See the instruction modes used at UVA. 

Expanded Options for Students

In addition to spring courses, every undergraduate student will have the opportunity to take a course in the first summer session of 2021. While these courses normally require the payment of additional tuition, this year they are included with the regular tuition for fall and spring semesters. All Summer Session courses will be offered virtually this year, and the CR/GC/NC option remains available. To enhance our offerings, we are designing new, interdisciplinary “Signature” courses for the summer terms. These courses, tailored specifically for this year’s new and returning students, will be taught by professors from across the University and will explore some of today’s most relevant topics. Most students will therefore have the option, depending on their degree program requirements, to spread out what would normally be taken in fall and spring over fall, J-term, spring, and summer. Find out more about requirements and registration on the Registrar’s website. 


As a top research university, we are deeply committed to advancing knowledge. While we have had to adapt to new ways of conducting research over the last several months, this commitment has never been stronger. In the midst of a global pandemic, the University of Virginia has been mobilizing its resources and researchers to find a test and vaccine for COVID-19, treat patients, track the COVID-19 globally, and analyze the crisis through the lens of history, politics, economics, business, law and more.

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

Since mid-March, UVA has provided eligible students with emergency hardship support through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for expenses related to the disruption of on-Grounds operations due to COVID-19. Awards have included funding for technology, food support, household incidentals and COVID related health expenses.

The initial student allocation of CARES Act funding provided by the Department of Education in March 2020 has been fully distributed to eligible students.

Additional funds were approved by Congress in December and in March, and we continue to provide emergency funding from these funds using the existing application process. For more information on CARES Act funding, visit the CARES Act reporting page on this site.

The Winter/Spring 2021 CARES Act Emergency Funding Application is linked below. Netbadge login credentials are required.


Student and Faculty Space Reservations

For Spring 2021, we have tried to improve access for space you may need.

To reserve individual seats for academic zoom, quiet study space, telemedicine space, Students please click here to reserve a seat.

For Faculty access to academic space for office hours, please click here to reserve a space.


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