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PLEASE NOTE: Fall undergraduate courses will begin on Tuesday, August 25. Information and FAQs are available on the Return to Grounds website and the Fall 2020 Student Resource website, which will be updated frequently.

All events on Grounds are cancelled until at least August 15.

Finding Community at UVA!

There are multiple ways to get involved and to find community during your time here at UVA. You can do so through joining a student organization, creating your own student organization, or getting plugged in with the local Charlottesville community.

How to create your own C.I.O.

The majority of student organizations here are Contracted Independent Organizations (approximately 650), meaning that they operate independently from the University. The process to create a new (C.I.O.) is coordinated by Student Council and takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks from start to finish.

We recommend coming to talk to a Student Engagement staff member (email us at or a Student Council member ( about your idea before submitting an application. We can talk you through the process and connect you to other organizations with similar interests/visions.

To learn more about how to create a new C.I.O., please visit this page on the Student Council website. 

Getting involved in Charlottesville

Plenty of students find their niche outside of student organizations at UVA. There are numerous volunteer opportunities, employment options, and community organizations to explore. Visit the Public Service website for some ideas or set up a time to come talk with us about other options.

“YourUVA” Student Life Blog

“YourUVA” was a student-led project and multimedia endeavor to reflect student life and to celebrate the multifaceted identities, experiences, and cultures that make up our community. This initiative was created by two students (CLAS ‘17) working out of the Student Engagement office and illuminates student voices and perspectives with student spotlight articles, photo galleries, podcasts/videos, and more. 
Access the blog here.