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First-Year Events

Becoming part of the community

Making connections as a first-year student

In addition to programming hosted by Resident Advisors (RAs) within on-Grounds housing associations, Housing & Residence Life offers a first-year signature event series which allows UVA's newest Hoos to connect with other members of their class through fun activities!

First-year students also receive the First-Year Flash e-newsletter, containing event information and other helpful resources.


First-Year Signature Series

Meet Your Neighbors
crafting & ice cream
Thursday, August 31 from 4-7 p.m.
Tuttle-Dunnington Field


Silent Disco
Sunday, September 24 from 6-10 p.m.
Newcomb Ballroom


Pumpkin Painting
free pumpkins and hot chocolate
Tuesday, October 24 from 3-6 p.m.
McCormick Road Quad


Fall Feast
food, games, and giveaways
Thursday, November 9 from 5-7 p.m.
O-Hill Dining Terrace


Fuel Up for Finals
free snacks and self-care kits
Monday, December 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
HRL Office, Gibbons House


Event snapshots

click the links for additional event images!

Meet Your Neighbors
August 31, 2023

We were excited to kick off our 2023-2024 first-year signature events with "Meet Your Neighbors" at the Tuttle-Dunnington Field on Thursday, August 31!
#UVA27 first-years enjoyed ice cream treats, fun crafting activities, volleyball, and other games!


Silent Disco
September 24, 2023

We hope you made it to our Silent Disco at the Newcomb Hall Ballroom on Sunday, September 24! #UVA27 first-years took a break before a busy week to move and enjoy music through glowing headphones.


Pumpkin Painting
October 24, 2023

We hope you joined us for Pumpkin Painting at the McCormick Road Quad on Tuesday, October 24! In addition to painting pumpkins, #UVA27 first-years socialized with fellow residents and enjoyed hot chocolate!