Program Details

Community Scholars may choose courses from departments and schools throughout the University with the exception of the Schools of Medicine, Law, and Education.

The Community Scholar Program does not grant degrees. Those who wish to earn a bachelor's degree through part-time study are encouraged to consider the University's Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The BIS office can be reached at (434) 982-5274. If you desire full-time study, please apply to the Undergraduate Office of Admissions or the appropriate graduate school of the University.

If you are a degree candidate in good standing at another accredited institution, you may enroll in University of Virginia courses if similar offerings are not available at your own school. It is your responsibility to assure the transfer credits will be accepted by your existing institution and applied toward your degree.

University Schedules

The University of Virginia operates on a semester-based schedule. Generally, the fall semester begins near the beginning of September and runs through mid-December, and the spring semester starts in mid-January and runs through mid-May. A projection of the academic schedule can be obtained by consulting the Community Scholar Calendar on-line at

The University of Virginia Undergraduate Record and the University of Virginia Graduate Record provide a comprehensive listing of all classes offered at the University of Virginia. The Course Offering Directory, published each semester, lists all courses available that term along with the times, dates, and locations of courses. These documents may be found at the following Web address:

Obtaining Permission to Enroll in Courses

Community Scholars must obtain permission of the instructor(s) to enroll in each class. A particular school may also require permission of its department chair and/or dean. This information will be specified on the applicable Permission to Enroll forms which can be obtained from the Charlottesville Center, School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Forms can also be obtained on-line at

If you wish to enroll in the McIntire School of Commerce, 300-level and above Engineering courses, 700-level and above English courses, or Nursing courses with course mnemonics beginning with NUIP, special approval is required and must be obtained. To enroll in the above referenced courses, please contact the Community Scholar Coordinator with your class request at least two weeks prior to the start of classes.For custom essay help please visit

Community Scholars enrolling in two credit courses and the dependent labs and/or discussion sessions will likely exceed the maximum 8.0 credit hours permitted through the Community Scholar Program.  In order to exceed the maximum permissible hours, yet still stay within the maximum two classes and dependent labs/discussion groups, students will need to obtain a signature for an Associate Dean with the College of Arts and Sciences (in addition the authorization of the course instructors and lab instructors).  The needed signatures are listed on the bottom of the College of Arts & Sciences Permission to Enroll form.  Please contact the Charlottesville Center at (434) 982-4789 for a printed copy of the Permission to Enroll form.

Faculty members reserve the right not to admit a Community Scholar to a class based on class size or lack of prerequisite education. While this is an unusual occurrence, special circumstances may lead to such a decision.

Registration Process

Please refer to the enclosed Community Scholar Calendar for the upcoming registration dates, or call (434) 982-4789. Please use the enclosed Calendar dates to assure you are registered in a timely fashion for your desired course(s).

Community Scholars should register before the end of the second week of classes. Earlier registration is strongly recommended. A late registration period will be held until the third and fourth weeks of the semester and entails a late registration fee.

If you desire graduate level courses, proof of your degree will be required at the time of your registration. Verification of your degree can range from copies of your diploma or certificate to actual college transcripts.

Registration is held at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Charlottesville Center, in Zehmer Hall, 104 Midmont Lane, Charlottesville. The completed Permission to Enroll form and payment must be presented at the time of registration.

Senior Community Policy

In compliance with the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act, the University offers courses with tuition and certain fees waived for senior citizens. To be eligible, individuals must be at least 60 years old, have been legally domiciled in Virginia for at least one year before the semester begins, and, for credit courses taken for a letter grade, have had a taxable income not exceeding $10,000 for Virginia state income tax purposes for the preceding year. There is no income requirement if the senior citizen wants to audit a credit course. There is no limit to the number of semesters a senior citizen may be enrolled. In all cases, enrollment will be permitted only after the University has determined that the course will be offered and all tuition paying students have been accommodated.

Remaining Active in the Program

All courses are taken for a grade. You will remain eligible for continued registration by maintaining grades consistent with expectations for graduate and undergraduate schools at the University. For graduate course work, grades must be a "B-" or above to continue in the program. For undergraduate courses, a "C" or above must be received.

A Community Scholar with an incomplete grade will not be permitted to register for additional courses until that incomplete has been removed from the academic record. Community Scholars who receive a failing grade in any course may not continue to enroll through the program. Exceptions to this policy will only be considered by the Coordinator in extreme circumstances.


Anyone currently under suspension with any college or university is ineligible for enrollment through the Community Scholar Program as long as the suspension is in force. All candidates for the Community Scholar Program must have left their prior institution in good standing to be considered for this program.

Students currently enrolled in a degree program at the University of Virginia are not eligible for the Community Scholar Program.

Community Scholars who subsequently apply for degree status at the University of Virginia will be evaluated according to the University's usual admission procedures and standards. If admission is granted, the degree-granting School will determine what credits will be transferred to a degree program at the University of Virginia.

The Community Scholar Program does not operate in the summer. To enroll in regular on-Grounds courses at the University in the summer, contact the Office of Summer Session at (434) 924-3371.

The Honor System

As a student of the University, you are bound by the Honor System. The Honor System is an integral part of the University of Virginia. The essence of the system is that a student's word as a member of the University can be accepted without question and that any violation of a student's word is an offense against the entire student body. Course instructors will indicate which assignments are to be done individually and which permit collaboration. The following pledge should be written out at the end of all quizzes and examinations and on individual assignments and papers: "On my honor as a student I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment/ exam." The pledge must be signed by the student.

The University Honor Committee enforces the Honor System. Complete information on the Honor System can be found on the Web site at:

Academic Records, Credit, and Regulations

The Office of the University Registrar maintains the official academic records for courses taken by those enrolled in the Community Scholar Program. Community Scholars receive full academic credit for courses. Grade reports are sent to students directly at the end of each semester from the Registrar's Office.

For University of Virginia academic regulations, consult the University of Virginia Undergraduate Record or the University of Virginia Graduate Record. For more information, please call (434) 924-4122 or refer to their Web site at

In-State Educational Privileges

In order to qualify for In-State residency, you must have been legally domiciled in Virginia for at least 12 months immediately preceding the first day of classes. Generally, the fall semester begins near the beginning of September and the spring semester starts in mid-January. The residency requirements and most frequently asked questions about residency may be found at If you are uncertain as to your residency status, please contact our office several weeks prior to the start date of classes. Students may be required to submit proof of residency.

About the University of Virginia

The University of Virginia was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. The University's curriculum and approach to teaching reflected dramatic new ideas in American higher education. In an era when colleges trained scholars for the clergy and academia, Jefferson dedicated his University to the education of citizens in practical affairs and public service. Today, the University of Virginia carries forward the distinctive educational and civic values that shaped its founding.

Further Information

For further information on the Community Scholar Program, contact our office at (434) 982-4789. To obtain information on additional educational opportunities offered by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, visit the Charlottesville Center's Web site at


The Community Scholar Program

      School of Continuing and Professional Studies 
University of Virginia
     P.O. Box 400764    
104 Midmont Lane
     Charlottesville, VA 22904-4764
Phone:   (434) 982-4789

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