Community Scholar


Individuals may enroll in on-Grounds courses on a part-time basis, without applying to a degree program, by registering as a Community Scholar.  Day and evening classes are open to Community Scholars on a space available basis and by permission to:

  • Complete prerequisites for graduate or professional school
  • Explore subjects for personal enrichment
  • Attain skills for career development or advancement
  • Earn college credit as a visiting college student or high school student

In the fall and spring, individuals may register for courses in all schools and colleges at the University, except the School of Medicine, the School of Law, and the Curry School of Education. Instructor permission is required for all courses. Additional signatures may be required by select schools and colleges, and for certain courses.  Several schools and colleges restrict the number of courses eligible as a Community Scholar. See courses for details.

In the summer, individuals may enroll in on-Grounds courses through Summer Session.  

Students registering as Community Scholars are governed by University add/drop dates and refund policies.  

Who Should Enroll?

Individuals with a minimum of a high school diploma may register in no more than two courses each fall and spring, along with any dependent laboratory or discussion sessions. All course prerequisites must be met, and proof of an undergraduate degree is required for graduate-level courses (UVa alumni do not require verification). 

High school and home school students may register in one course per term, after meeting all eligibility requirements.  First-time high school and home school students must complete an interview and/or attend an orientation session.

Requirements for High School Students

  • Minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • Current high school transcript
  • Signed Community Scholar Parent/Guardian Permission to Enroll Form
  • Letter of recommendation from the high school principal, director, or guidance counselor attesting to the student’s preparedness and ability to be successful in the intended UVa course, and verifying that the course is unavailable through the high school

Requirements for Home Schooled Students

Note: The University reserves the right to not enroll an individual based on class size or lack of prerequisite education. 


The Community Scholar program is offered at the following locations:

  • Charlottesville