Welcome Week

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Welcome Week is an exciting mix of academic and co-curricular activities that signals the start of each academic year! The week encompasses a variety of events for new students, returning students, and the entire campus community.

Move-In Day
Learn more about move-in day on campus.
Learn more about the extended orientation experience for all new first-year students.
  • August 13-15: Move-In Days for 2021 will be a phased process, by pre-scheduled appointments.  Additional information will be provided to students in the Housing Portal.  See the link above for more details.
  • August 14-15: Take Care of Business in several offices that will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for Move-In Weekend, including:  in Cantrell Hall (Health Wise Clinic, Housing, & Campus Police), Crockett Hall (Financial Aid (Sat. only), Cashier's Office, & Registrar's Office), Slemp Student Center (Bookstore & Mail Services).
  • Sunday, August 15: Expedition, an extended orientation experience for all new first-year students (residential and commuters). See link above for more details.
  • Tuesday, August 17: Fall Convocation is the official opening of the academic year for the entire campus community. Watch for more details in your UVA Wise email closer to the event date.
  • Tuesday, August 17: Student Activities Fair & Picnic will be available for the entire campus community at the Lawn by the Lake immediately following Fall Convocation.  Local businesses and vendors and UVA Wise club and organization representatives will welcome students with a variety of incentives and information.  NOTE:  The Virginia Department of Health will also have an information table and be providing free COVID-19 vaccinations to students and employees.
  • Tuesday, August 17: Freshman Seminar Meetings will be held at 1 p.m. after the Student Activities Fair & Picnic for all first-year students to meet with their SEM 1010 instructors.  See your class schedule in the My.UVAWise Portal for your classroom.
  • Saturday, August 21: A Town Block Party will be from 2-5 p.m.  Come out for games, prizes, food, Highland Cavalier athlete meet & greet, and DJ music & live performances.  Event sponsored by the UVA Wise SGA and Student Recreation, the Wise Business Association and the Town of Wise.
  • Plus a variety of other events throughout the week. Check your email often for more updates and announcements!


All new students, be sure that you also have completed the following: