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New Graduate Student Information 2017

Welcome to Computer Engineering! We are excited to welcome you to the University of Virginia this Fall. Even if you are funded, we do not expect you to arrive until August 12, 2017. If you will be arriving later, please contact the CpE office here with your anticipated arrival date.

On this page are some resources to help you make a successful transition to UVa's Computer Engineering Program in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering.


Before Arriving:

  • Registering your UVa email address -- The University Computer Operations is run by ITS (Information Technology Services). The website here will provide instructions for registering your email and setting up an account.

  • Financial Resources for first 4-6 weeks in Charlottesville -- The first stipends for TA and RA positions will not be received until August 25, 2017 or later. Although International students may be paid initially without a Social Security number, the student will still have to apply for a Social Security number. ISO will provide more information on the process at the orientation. We suggest that a student bring between $1500 and $2000 to cover your initial expenses.

  • Required and Recommended Immunizations and Screening Tests -- Be sure to return your Pre-Entrance Health form. If you misplace your form, you can download another copy here. More information about immunizations and screening tests can be found at the same website.

  • Registering for Health Insurance -- If you are receiving financial aid, you will be provided with health insurance. Please register with Aetna's student health website by September 1, 2017. Coverage begins on August 15, 2017.

When You Arrive:

  • Come check in with Natalie Edwards in 305 Rice Hall. Here you will confirm that all of your acceptance paperwork is in order and have all (or most!!) of your questions answered.

  • Attend all scheduled orientations and testing. At the Computer Engineering Orientation, we will go over the information you need to know to be successful in the program, and help you register for classes.

  • Set up a bank account with a local bank so you can receive your stipend payments.

  • If you are an international student, check in with the International Studies Office in Minor Hall and attend an orientation.

  • To receive your University ID card you will need to go to the University ID Card Office, located in the Observatory Hill Dining Hall, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. after completion of your registration.  For information regarding the University ID Card Office visit  Please remember to bring with you a valid state or government issued picture identification card (either your U.S. driver’s license, passport, or U.S. military ID) in order to pick up your University ID. You will need to activate your U.Va. email account before you can receive your ID card.

  • Make appointment with Payroll to complete your I-9 form for receiving your pay check. You do not have to have received your Social Security Number yet. Please make an appointment at In order to receive your first paycheck, you must be signed up for payroll by August 21st.


Schedule of Events (2015):

Monday August 14 at 1000 and 1300 (1 pm) -- English Language Proficiency Exam (UVELPE) will be administered for all Interatnioal Students whose first language was not English. Please select your time at

Monday August 14 -- SPEAK Test for non-native speakers employeed as teaching or research assistants. If you are required to take this part of the language exam, the Center for American and English Language and Culture (CAELC) will be in touch with you by email to schedule a time.

Wednesday August 16 at 1000 -- International Student Orientation -- all International Students are required to attend an Registration session in the Chemistry building room 402. Please bring your legal documents.

TBD -- CS Welcome and Introductions

Thursday August 17 at 1000 -- CpE Orientation Rice 304

Friday August 18 at 1000 -- Group advising session for New ME students Rice 304

TBD -- CS Luncheon for Graduate Students, both new and current.

Friday August 18 at 1300 (1 pm) - Engineering Graduate Student Orientation in Rice Hall 130

Friday August 18 at 1630 (4:30 pm) -- ECE Graduate Student Welcome, Pictures, and Dinner

Monday August 21 at 0900 -- ECE Welcome Back Breakfast Darden Court Arcade

Friday August 25 at noon -- CPE Welcome Lunch for new and returning students