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
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
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
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
Obtaining Permission to Enroll
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
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
http://www.virginia.edu/~admiss/ugadmiss/status.html. 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
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.
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