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 classes 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 classes, labs or discussion sections. A signature on the Community Scholar Registration Form or a copy of the email from the instructor granting permission are accepted as proof of instructor permission.  Additional signatures may be required by select schools and colleges (noted below), and for certain courses. Several schools and colleges restrict the number of courses eligible under Community Scholar.  

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

School of Architecture
The signature of the School’s Registrar Sharon McDonald (434.924.3937 or slf7a@virginia.edu) is required AFTER obtaining the instructor’s signature.  A lifetime maximum of four courses may be taken as a Community Scholar.

College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
For all English courses number 8000 and above, advance approval is required. Contact Victoria Olwell (vjo2f@virginia.edu).

For all courses in the Department of Politics, advance approval is required. Contact politicsdup@virginia.edu. Include a copy of the email indicating approval with your registration materials.

For all Psychology courses, advance approval is required. Contact John B. Rudder (434.982.4981 or jbr8d@virginia.edu).

School of Continuing & Professional Studies
Evening, weekend, and online courses are available through the School’s degree programs. Choose from courses in marketing, organizational behavior, finance, international business, art, art history, architectural history, the classics, drama, literature, music, philosophy, religion, anthropology, economics, politics, history, psychology, sociology, and more.  Please contact the BIS office at 434.982.5274 PRIOR to obtaining instructor permission.

Darden Graduate School of Business
The signature of the School’s Registrar, Terri Smith (434.924.4785 or SmithTe@darden.virginia.edu) is required PRIOR to obtaining the instructor’s signature. A lifetime maximum of six credits may be taken as a Community Scholar.

Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
Advance approval is required.  Official/unofficial transcripts, including transcripts from UVa, and documentation of instructor permission must be submitted with the Community Scholar Registration Form, at least two weeks prior to the start of classes.The SCPS Registrar will submit transcripts, forms, and documentation of instructor permission to the Batten School Registrar for approval. Community Scholars may not enroll in classes required for the Master of Public Policy. However, they may be eligible to enroll in elective courses, most of which are numbered in the 6700s.

McIntire School of Commerce
For all courses numbered 3000 and above, advance approval is required.  Community Scholars may not register for courses numbered from 3010 – 3060. Official/unofficial transcripts, including transcripts from UVa, must be submitted with the Class Registration Form for Community Scholar, at least two weeks prior to the start of classes. The SCPS Registrar will submit transcripts and forms to the Commerce School for the Dean’s approval and instructor signature.

School of Nursing
Community Scholars may only register for classes with the subject NUIP.  The instructor's signature is required PRIOR to obtaining the signature of the School’s Registrar, Marcia Lachniet LaFleur (434.924.7510 or mlf8z@virginia.edu).

Eligibility

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

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, for a maximum of 11.5 credits. All course prerequisites must be met, and proof of an undergraduate degree is required for graduate-level courses (UVa alumni do not require verification).

Academically advanced high school juniors and seniors may be granted permission to 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

Browse the SIS Class Search to find classes offered this semester.