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Incoming Student Action Items

Save the Dates!

Orientation: TBD (2nd week of June)

Summer Session II (Chemistry 1): June 20- July 15

Summer Session III (Chemistry 2): July 17- August 12

1st Day of Fall Semester: August 22

Fall Break: TBD

Election Day (No Classes): November 7

Thanksgiving Recess: November 22-26

Last Day of Fall Finals: December 15

1st Day of Spring Semester: January 17

Spring Break: March 2-10

Last Day of Spring Finals: May 10

 Action Items

Upload your ID Photo

For Photo Submissions: 

Photos must meet the following requirements:

  • Background must be solid white or light color

  • Face and shoulders must be face forward

  • No sunglasses, hats, or anyone else in photo

  • Photo must be a color JPEG, minimum of 2x3 inches

  • File should not exceed 400 KB

  • Submit only one photo at a time

***You will receive an email accepting or rejecting your photo. Please monitor this and submit an updated photo if your initial photo is rejected. Feedback from ID Services will be offered in order to improve photo acceptance.

Student Health Insurance & Requirements

Student Health Insurance- Summer Coverage: Enrollment begins early May! All students are required to hold health insurance for the entire duration of the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program. Should you need summer coverage, please email sth-ins@virginia.edu. Since the coverage is for UVA Summer Sessions 1-3, and our program begins at the start of Summer Session 2, an adjusted rate premium of $XXX will be available to PBPM students for the two summer sessions (June 20th-August 12th). 

Student Health Insurance 2023-2024: Beginning mid-July , you can enroll/waive UVA Student Health Insurance for the 2023-2024 academic year. Coverage will begin August 1, 2023 and will extend to July 31, 2024. Annual Premium is $TBD. Failure to enroll/waive this health insurance will result in an automatic charge of $TBD on September 30, 2023. 

Financial Aid (New!)

Student Disability Access Center

Housing

Off-Grounds: One way to begin your search for privately owned housing is the University Off-Grounds Housing Office (OGHO) or the Blue Ridge Apartment Council.
 

Other options for finding housing or classified lists are through the local newspaper, The Daily Progress or check on Zillow.com.
 

This year's cohort has created a document with where they live with prices, pet policies, distance to Grounds, etc, Past cohorts have provided their own reviews of local housing options and compiled a housing list with monthly rents (these prices are not current- this is an older document).
 

See this Campus Map for where most of your classes will be held and another alum made this Google map for favorite spots around Charlottesville.

 

Note: We do not recommend apartments in the 12th and 14th street areas of Charlottesville. These areas are heavily populated by undergraduates and are known for late night parties that are disruptive to neighbors.

***While Post-Bac students are eligible for on-Grounds housing, they receive last priority in that process as they are non-degree students. We have had PBPM students explore this option in the past, but most end up choosing off-Grounds options. 

Once the class is finalized (mid-March), we will send names and email addresses in case you'd like to coordinate roommates/housing situations. Students from past cohorts or other graduate students make great roommates too!

Pre-Program Preparations

Here are some tips from former post-bacs to help you prepare for your transition to the PBPM Program:

  • Complete Learning How to Learn Online Course: Several PBPM alumni have told us how much they valued the book A Mind for Numbers by Dr. Barbara Oakley as they prepared for this rigorous academic experience. The author also teaches this free online course that we encourage all students to complete prior to Math Boot Camp in order to optimize your performance throughout the program.  And, a side bonus is that you learn more about biology/neurology along the way!

  • The number one recommendation is to enjoy your next few months! Spend time with friends and family, travel, and participate in activities you love. Finish your current engagements (work, school etc.) strong, so that you can focus on school once you arrive in Charlottesville.

  • Give some thought to things you can do now to make your life easier later. Invest in a crock\instant pot, compile some easy recipes, and make sure you have comfortable closed-toed shoes you can wear to lab. Consider investing in a planner and a calculator you are comfortable using.

  • If you are moving from somewhere with a very different climate, consider stocking up on some Virginia appropriate apparel (it’s hot and humid in the summer, and it snows in the winter!).

  • Per a recent alum's advice, the first 5-7 videos in this Khan Academy playlist may ease your transition into General Chemistry this summer.

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