Cavaliers Admission Volunteers (CAVs) raise the awareness of the University of Virginia in communities around the world. They reach out to prospective students, congratulate admitted students and welcome new students to the UVA family through many different programs throughout the year. You can earn more about the programming through the Cavalier Admission Volunteer Handbook.
In the fall, UVA Evening Programs feature talks and slideshow presentations by an admissions counselor or assistant dean from UVA and include a panel discussion with a diverse group of alumni in your area. Volunteers assist with Group Programs by staffing a table and answering questions with prospective students and their families. Additionally, the University visits select cities around the country and travels with other colleges and universities for Group Programs.
Throughout the year, volunteers represent the University at college fairs around the world. As the Office of Admissions receives invitations to fairs, they contact Cavalier Admission Volunteers to staff the event. The University provides postcards, brochures and other literature about UVA for the college fair.
Volunteers call accepted students in January, from Early Action, and March, from Regular Admissions, to congratulate them on being accepted to the University. These congratulatory calls provide students with personal contact with alumni, parents and students that know first-hand how much UVA has to offer. To volunteer to make congratulatory calls in your area, please fill out this registration form.
In April, Accepted Student Parties are held around the world for newly accepted students and their families. These events provide the accepted students with the opportunity to meet alumni and current parents and ask questions about the University before the May 1st deadline for admission decisions.
During April and May each year, Jefferson Book Awards are presented by CAVs to juniors at high schools around the world who best exemplify the Jeffersonian qualities of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.
Over the summer months, the University works with volunteers to organize Student Send-off events. Student Send-offs are social gatherings for students and parents that take many different forms around the world. Parties range from backyard barbecues to formal receptions. These events are a great opportunity for new students and parents to meet and ask questions of current students, parents, alumni and staff. Student Send-offs provide an opportunity for new ’Hoos to begin building a network within the University community.
See this training video for more information.