Preparing a New Generation to Lead

The University wasn’t created just to educate. It was created to prepare a new generation and a new nation to govern and to lead—producing a culture that places responsibility, along with the power to change, directly in students' hands.

More than a nice idea, UVA’s groundbreaking model of self-governance provides students with opportunities to govern much of life on Grounds—from responsibility for residence halls to serving on the Honor Committee to reporting to our Board of Visitors.

From this culture of leadership and responsibility UVA graduates take a lasting sense of initiative, decisiveness, and self-confidence.  And those qualities will empower them to make a positive impact on the world.

Stepping Up

At UVA, the opportunities to lead are endless. From day one, students are called upon to take charge.  As part of Class and Student Councils, they work to foster a sense of community and advocate on behalf of peers. On the Judiciary Committee, students strive to uphold the University’s standards of conduct. On the Honor Committee they work tirelessly to support the University’s Honor System.

Here, leadership isn’t just an elective. It’s a way of life.