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Getting Involved at UVA

At UVA, we have 650+ CIOs, 22 Special Status Organizations, and additional opportunities to get involved and find community.

  • The best way to start exploring your options is to log in to our student engagement platform, @UVA, which is our hub for student involvement. Log in as a student through Netbadge and go to the "Organizations" tab where you can sort the list of organizations by category to find ones that are interesting to you. You can also click on the "Student Organization Sorting Hat" link under Campus Links on the @UVA homepage to further sort organizations by membership dues, application/interview requirements, and more.
  • Also, be sure to check out our the "UVA Involvement Calculator!" This is a form on the homepage of @UVA that you can fill out to indicate your interests as they relate to getting involved, and then a member of our team (staff or student) will send you a personalized email with some recommendations specifically for you. Or feel free to just email us at We'd love to zoom with you or chat over email. 
  • Lastly, connect with student orgs on social media! Are you active on instagram, facebook, and/or Twitter? Search @UVA and the Sorting Hat for groups and then look them up on social media to connect with them there. Especially with all of us social distancing these days, social media has never been more important! 

Be open to trying new things - you never know where you may find your niche at UVA! 

Below are some other "Top Tips for Getting Involved"


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.

Creating your own C.I.O.

Don't see a CIO you are looking for? Have a unique idea for creating your own? Awesome! Here you can do that. The process to create a new (C.I.O.) is coordinated by Student Council and takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks from start to finish. Applications typically open for one month each semester. 

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.