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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

Winter Welcome Back
dessert & hot cocoa bar
Monday, January 29 from 9:30-11 a.m.
The Forum at O-Hill

Sweets & Self-Exploration
self-care, fun activities, dessert
Tuesday, February 13 from 4-6 p.m.
Ern Commons

Speed Networking Career Expo
Thursday, March 28 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ern Commons


Last Stretch Relaxation and Self-Care
Friday, April 19 from 2:30-5 p.m.
Gooch/Dillard outdoor area



Event snapshots

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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!


Sweets & Self-Exploration
February 13, 2024

We hope you joined us for Sweets & Self Exploration at Ern Commons on Tuesday, February 13! This event invited #UVA27 to learn about healthy boundaries and relationships while enjoying dessert!
CAPS was on hand to offer self-care strategies, and students enjoyed a variety of activities and fun treats!


Speed Networking Career Expo
March 28, 2024

We hope you joined us for the Speed Networking Career Expo at Ern Commons on Thursday, March 28! This event invited #UVA27 to explore academic and career resources while recognizing personal values and academic interests.