Undergraduate Handbook

Department Contacts

 

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Frederick Smyth, PhD
140B Gilmer
Email

Office Hours: By Appointment

 


Interim Undergraduate Coordinator

Tayler Young
434-982-3019
Gilmer 140B

Email
Standard office hours:
M-R:  9:00-12:00, 2:00-3:30 F: 9:00-12:00 and by appointment

 

Department Chair

Alev Erisir, PhD
102 Gilmer Hall

About the Major in Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior of humans and other animals. It ranges from studies of human development and complex thought processes to social relations, brain and neural mechanisms, psychopathology and beyond. The requirements for the major are designed to ensure breadth of coverage, and allows flexibility in selecting courses according to one's interests. Opportunities for independent work are available in research and field experience(through internship).

In addition to gaining a general liberal arts degree, training in the subject matter and methodology of psychology (including experimental methodology and statistics and an appreciation of the different views of human behavior) is excellent preparation for a variety of careers. Practical skills developed in the major include thinking critically, writing proposals and reports, designing and conducting research projects, collecting and analyzing data, reading and understanding basic research in psychology, and applying psychological principles in the workplace.

Requirements for the Major

Prerequisites to Declaration

The following may be satisfied through AP and transfer course credit:

  1. Introductory Psychology (At least a C in PSYC-1010 or comparable transfer course; or a score of at least 4 on AP Psych).
  2. One 2000-level psych course (At least C).
  3. GPA of at least 2.00 for all psychology courses taken at UVa.
  4. Calculus (At least a C- in one of the approved courses below or comparable transfer course; or approved AP credit for Calculus AB or BC).

MATH 1210 (Applied Calculus I), MATH 1212 or 1190 (Applied Calculus I with Algebra), MATH 1220 (Applied Calculus II), MATH 1310 (Calculus I), MATH 1320 (Calculus II), APMA 1090 (Single Variable Calculus I), or APMA 1110 (Single Variable Calculus II).

Departmental Degree Requirements

A total of 30 psychology credits must be earned (not including Introductory Psychology and Calculus), all with a grade of at least a C (courses with Credit/No Credit grades cannot count for the major).   Only PSYC classes can count.  Additionally, a GPA of at least 2.00 must be maintained in all PSYC courses taken at UVa, including those with grades too low to count toward the 30 credits (if a course is repeated, both grades are counted in the psychology GPA). 

Students receiving grades of “C-” or lower in three psychology courses and having less than a 2.00 GPA in all psychology classes will not be permitted to continue in the major or minor.

Up to 12 transfer credits may be counted toward the major.

The 30 credits must include the following components:

Research Methods & Data Analysis (8 credits).  

A two-course sequence, PSYC-3005 and 3006, is required of all majors and minors and, since it lays the foundation for understanding scientific analysis and reporting, is best completed as soon as possible.  The calculus requirement must be met prior to beginning this sequence.

PSYC 3005 must be taken before the 4th-year. If a grade of C or higher is not earned in PSYC 3005 taken during a student’s sixth semester, the course may be repeated during the 4th-year.

Statistics classes taken in other departments, such as Math, Economics, or Sociology cannot be substituted for PSYC 3005 or PSYC 3006.

2000-Level minimums (9 credits).  These have no prerequisites.At least one course must be completed from each of the following three 2000-level groups:

Group I
PSYC 2100 (Learning)
PSYC 2120 (Human Memory)
PSYC 2150 (Cognition)
PSYC 2300 (Perception)
 
Group II
PSYC 2200 (Neural Basis)
PSYC 2210 (Animal Behavior)
PSYC 2220 (Psychobiology)
*BIOL 3050 or 3170 fulfills this group requirement, but does not count toward the 30 hours required for the psychology major. Students using one of these BIOL courses to satisfy this group requirement must complete an additional 2000-level or higher PSYC course.
 
Group III
PSYC 2400 (Personality)
PSYC 2600 (Social)
PSYC 2700 (Child)

Note: We suggest that students who fail to earn the minimum ”C” in a 2000-level class take a different class in the same group rather than repeat the class they took.  This is because (unless the first grade was an “F”) the College of Arts & Sciences will not give credit for a repeated class.

 Upper-level minimums (6 credits)

At least two courses must be completed at the 3000-level or higher, and at least one of them must be at the 4000-level or higher.  The following cannot count toward this requirement: PSYC 3005, 3006, 4005, 4006, Directed Readings in Psychology, Research in Psychology 3590, Internship, Advanced Psychobiology Lab, or DMP seminars and thesis.

Courses at the 4000- and 5000-levels are seminars to be taken after completing PSYC 3005 and, usually, PSYC 3006. They are generally restricted to 4th-year Psychology majors (but see Notes below on exceptions). The offerings change frequently, so plan on being flexible when it comes time to fit one of these into your schedule.  Don’t overlook 5000-level courses; though these are open to graduate students as well as undergraduates; they are not substantively different in depth or challenge.

Electives (7 credits).

These may include other courses at 2000-level or higher, including DMP thesis 4970, 4980.  Directed Readings, *Research in Psychology 3590, and *DMP seminar 3870can count for up to 9 elective credits toward the major.  *Grades of “Satisfactory” (S) are acceptable for these electives marked here with an asterisk.  Effective for the Class of 2019 (or for students declaring a major or minor later than in the spring of 2017), credit from the University Internship Program does not count toward the Psychology major. For those that are eligible for University Internship credit, the credits must be taken for "ungraded psychology credit" and not as "graded sociology credit" to count toward the major.  Credit cannot be given for paid research or work experience.

Attention Transfer Students.

We strongly recommend that transfer students who wish to major or minor in psychology complete the calculus requirement before arriving at UVa. Otherwise, you will have to accomplish the calculus requirement in your first semester at UVa in order to become a major or minor.

 

 

Notes on Course Planning

How many courses?  Nine or ten depending on your planning. Since the major requires 30 credits, the smallest number of classes to accomplish this is nine (six 3-credit classes and three 4-credit classes). Two of these 4-credit classes will be PSYC 3005 and 3006,  Finishing the major with just one more 4-credit class usually means combining a 3-credit 2000-level class with an optional 1-credit Discussion section associated with that class.  Otherwise you will have to take 10 classes (eight 3-credit classes and two 4-credit classes) for a total of 32 credits.  The 1-credit Discussion sections must be taken concurrently with the associated 2000-level course.

Descriptions of courses that are offered through the Department of Psychology are available in the Course Catalog in SIS. Note that not all courses are offered each semester or even each year.

Wait Lists, yes; Course Actions, no.

Wait lists for most psychology courses are available online through SIS either as a waiting list or a permission list. DO NOT CONTACT THE COURSE INSTRUCTOR.  If you think you merit special consideration, contact the Undergraduate Coordinator,  If a course does not have a wait list shown online, contact the Undergraduate Coordinator to inquire about one.  

Course Actions Forms are not used to add students to Psychology classes. All additions to classes are performed through the wait lists.

Psych Major access to 4000- and 5000-level seminars: Initial limits and possibilities for more than one

(1) If you are a 4th-year student and are trying to enroll in your first such course, start here:

The initial enrollment caps on these courses are set between 15 and 18, but they can rise, typically to a max of 20. If they reach the preliminary cap of 15-18 students, a Permission List will be added on which you can express interest.  If you are not able to enroll in one of the original slots and still wish to take a seminar in a particular semester, put your name on the Permission List, copy the bolded information below, and paste with your answers in the Justification Section:

  • Your expected graduation term (e.g., Spring 2018):
  • Your major(s):
  • Have you already taken a 4000- or 5000-level seminar (Y or N):
  • Why are you interested in taking the course this semester:
  • *Top 3 seminar choices (e.g. PSYC 4115, PSYC 4200, PSYC 4250):
    • 1)
    • 2)
    • 3)

 *Please only place your name on the Permission list for the seminar you are most interested in taking, and include your backup options in the Justification section as mentioned above. Criteria for admission from the Permission List will hinge on graduation needs and your qualifications, not the order of sign-up on the list. We cannot guarantee your top choices, but will do our best to ensure that you get into a seminar in order to fulfill your major/minor graduation requirements.

If you had the course in your shopping cart prior to the creation of the Permission List, you may have to remove and re-add the course to your cart in order to access the list.

Please put your name on a permission list with the information above no later than the Friday after enrollment opens up if you wish to enroll in a 4000-level or 5000-level seminar for that semester.

 (2) If you have already taken a seminar, or are not a 4th-year:

In order to ensure that all 4th-year Psychology majors/minors can get into at least one 4000-level seminar, SIS does not initially allow students to enroll in these courses if they have already had one such course or are not a 4th-year.  However, for courses that don’t fill up,  there are opportunities for students to take more than one or take one  prior to 4th-year.

Watch the course(s) of interest to you on SIS.  Permission Lists will be added for courses that reach the preliminary cap between 15 and 18 and for those with lower enrollments by the end of registration week.  These lists will allow you to explain your interest and qualifications in the course. In the past, the courses where we have been able to admit non-4th years and students who have already taken a seminar have had lower enrollment totals, and it is unlikely that we will have additional room in courses that quickly reach their preliminary caps. Please make other arrangements with your schedule in the event that we do not have the space to enroll you in a seminar.

 If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email Tayler Young at psych-info@virginia.edu

 

Research in Psychology (PSYC 3590)

Research in Psychology ( PSYC 3590) provides three credit hours, and typically involves working on a research project conducted by a faculty member (working either with the faculty member or a graduate student). This may involve, for example, helping in the design and preparation of an experiment or field study, data collection, coding data, and/or data analysis. For notices requesting research assistants, check the Undergraduate bulletin board (Gilmer 1st floor). Otherwise, students must take the initiative to identify and approach faculty members who may be interested in involving undergraduates in their research. A list of faculty members with descriptions of their research interests is available on the Department web pages. You should use this list to identify faculty members whose research is most likely to be of interest to you. Students must have the prior approval of the faculty member with whom they will work before enrolling for Research in Psychology. Research Assistant Needs

Undergraduate Internship Program (PSYC 4910, 4920

Undergraduate Internship in psychology is managed by the University Internship Program. It has two components: field placement with a local organization (i.e., private, nonprofit and public sectors that give students an opportunity to intern in a wide variety of human services, government, or business settings) and a weekly academic seminar. The program requires students to work 10 hours per week for two semesters and is open to all rising 4th-year students with a cumulative GPA greater than 2.2. PSYC 4910 and 4920 are offered on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading basis. The internship office helps to match students with organizations, but it is recommended strongly that you look at possible placement to get ideas about where you might like to apply. The application deadline is usually mid-to-late February of the third year. Applications are sent automatically to all third-year psychology majors. For more information, contact Nancy Gansneder (918 Emmet St. North, Center for Public Service, Room 305, 982-5552).

University Internship must be taken for ungraded psychology credit and not graded credit as sociology does not count toward the major.  If the internship was originally taken as a sociology class it cannot be later switched or counted as a psychology class.

Internships taken outside this program do not count toward the major or for transfer credit.

Procedure for Declaring a Major

Download a copy of the  Major Declaration Form Follow the instructions below to complete it on your computer (use Acrobat or Acrobat Reader to open and complete. The form must be typed, not hand-written) then print and bring two copies to the Undergraduate Coordinator. The form cannot be faxed or sent via email. You must declare in person.

1)    Start by filling in any courses you have already completed in the appropriate “Course Group” space (Intro Psych does not belong on this form, since it’s a prereq).

2)    Fill in the other courses that you would *like* to take to satisfy all major requirements.

*The courses you list are simply your "best guesses" about the courses you will likely take; these guesses are not binding and courses can be rearranged or substituted as necessary or desired in the future.

As a Psychology Major, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring all requirements for the major have been satisfied. Modifications should be discussed with your major advisor.

3)    Leave blank the section at the bottom for Approval, Advisor and signatures

4)    Print two copies of your completed Declaration form and one copy of your Transcript or your Course History (not your Academic Requirements (VSTAA) page).

5)    Bring these printed copies to Undergraduate Coordinator, Tayler Young, during drop-in hours or by appointment. (Drop-in hours: M-Th: 9:00-12:00; 2-3:30. F: 9:00-12:00)

As a Psychology Major, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring all requirements for the major have been satisfied. Modifications should be discussed with your major advisor.

Your psychology major and advisor are usually not official in SIS until about one to two weeks after your declaration meeting.

Your Psych Advisor: At a minimum, you’ll need to meet with your advisor each semester to get guidance and to have your “hold” released prior to registering for the next semester’s courses.  Your advisor does not create your course schedule, but will offer suggestions..

Ideally, your advisor will be much more than the person who simply releases your hold. Your advisor can offer you valuable advice about the program, other academic matters, and careers.  Seek to get together with your advisor to discuss your long-range plans when there isn't a deadline.

Your psychology advisor is should be a key resource for you as you work to successfully complete your degree.  If, after good faith efforts on your part, you find that you are unable to work with your advisor, please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator to find an advisor who is a better match. If your advisor becomes unavailable (e.g., goes on sabbatical or leaves the University), the Undergraduate Coordinator will assign you a temporary advisor.


Requirements for the Minor

 

Prerequisites to Declaration (essentially the same as for the Major)

First, you must have a major already registered in another field.  The following may be satisfied through AP and transfer course credit:

1.    Introductory Psychology (At least a C in PSYC-1010 or comparable transfer course; or a score of at least 4 on AP Psych).

2.    One 2000-level psych course (At least C).

3.    GPA of at least 2.00 for all psychology courses taken at UVa.

4.    Calculus (At least a C- in one of the approved courses below or comparable transfer course; or approved AP credit for Calculus AB or BC).

MATH 1210 (Applied Calculus I), MATH 1212 or 1190 (Applied Calculus I with Algebra), MATH 1220 (Applied Calculus II), MATH 1310 (Calculus I), MATH 1320 (Calculus II), APMA 1090 (Single Variable Calculus I), or APMA 1110 (Single Variable Calculus II).

Departmental Minor Requirements

A total of 16 psychology credits must be earned at the 2000-level or higher (not including Introductory Psychology and Calculus), all with a grade of at least a C (courses with Credit/No Credit grades cannot count for the minor).  Only PSYC classes can count.  Additionally, a GPA of at least 2.00 must be maintained in all PSYC courses taken at UVa, including those with grades too low to count toward the 16 credits (if a course is repeated, both grades are counted in the psychology GPA). 

Students receiving grades of “C-” or lower in three psychology courses and having less than a 2.00 GPA in all psychology classes will not be permitted to continue in the minor.

Up to 6 transfer credits may be counted toward the minor.

The 16 credits must include the following components:

Research Methods & Data Analysis (8 credits)

A two-course sequence, PSYC-3005 and 3006, is required of all minors and, since it lays the foundation for understanding scientific analysis and reporting, is best completed as soon as possible.  The calculus requirement must be met prior to beginning this sequence.

PSYC 3005 must be taken before the 4th-year. If a grade of C or higher is not earned in PSYC 3005 taken during a student’s sixth semester, the course may be repeated during the 4th-year.

Statistics classes taken in other departments, such as Math, Economics, or Sociology cannot be substituted for PSYC 3005 or PSYC 3006.

Upper-level minimum (3 credits).

At least one course must be at 4000-level or higher.  The following cannot count toward this requirement: PSYC 4005, 4006, Directed Readings in Psychology, Internship, Advanced Psychobiology Lab, or DMP seminars and thesis.

Courses at the 4000- and 5000-levels are seminars to be taken after completing PSYC 3005 and, usually, PSYC 3006.  The offerings change frequently, so plan on being flexible when it comes time to fit one of these into your schedule.  Don’t overlook 5000-level courses; though these are open to graduate students as well as undergraduates; they are not substantively different in depth or challenge.

Electives (5 credits)

These may include any courses at 2000-level or higher. 

*Directed Readings and *Research in Psychology 3590 can count for up to 3 credits.

 

*Grades of “Satisfactory” (S) are acceptable for these electives marked here with an asterisk. 

Effective for the Class of 2019 (or for students declaring a minor later than in the spring of 2017), credit from the University Internship Program does not count toward the Psychology minor. For those that are eligible for University Internship credit, the credits must be taken for "ungraded psychology credit" and not as "graded sociology credit" to count toward the minor.  Credit cannot be given for paid research or work experience.

Procedure for Declaring a Minor

Download a copy of the Declaration of A Minor in Psychology Follow the instructions below to complete it on your computer (use Acrobat or Acrobat Reader to open and complete. The form must be typed, not hand-written) then print and bring two copies to the Undergraduate Coordinator. The form cannot be faxed or sent via email. You must declare the minor in person.

1)    Start by filling in any courses you have already completed in the appropriate “Course Group” space (Intro Psych does not belong on this form, since it’s a prereq).

2)    Fill in the other courses that you would *like* to take to satisfy all minor requirements.

*The courses you list are simply your "best guesses" about the courses you will likely take; these guesses are not binding and courses can be rearranged or substituted as necessary or desired in the future.

As a Psychology Minor, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring all requirements for the minor have been satisfied. Modifications should be discussed with your minor advisor.

3)    Leave blank the section at the bottom for Approval and signatures

4)    Print two copies of your completed Declaration form and one copy of your Transcript or your Course History (not your Academic Requirements (VSTAA) page).

5)    Bring these printed copies to Undergraduate Coordinator, Tayler Young, during drop-in hours or by appointment. (Drop-in hours: M-Th: 9:00-12:00; 2-3:30.  F: 9:00-12:00)

Your psychology minor is usually not official in SIS until about one to two weeks after your declaration meeting.   The Director of Undergraduate Studies is the advisor for all Psychology minors.

Transfer Students

First, we strongly recommend that transfer students who wish to major or minor in psychology complete the calculus requirement before arriving at UVa. Otherwise, you will have to accomplish the calculus requirement in your first semester at UVa in order to become a major or minor.

A maximum of 12 transfer credits may be counted toward the psychology major, and 6 toward a minor.

To determine transfer acceptability for the Psychology major, start by checking your psychology courses in the UVa Transfer Credit Analyzer:

http://saz-webdmz.eservices.virginia.edu/asequivs

For any of your courses not already approved on this list, complete the Request for Transfer of Credit Form and submit to the Department of Psychology’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, Frederick Smyth, fsmyth@virginia.edu, along with the course syllabi.

Courses at the 2000-level are most suitable for transfer. Elective credit toward the major may be given for substantial courses, even if a comparable course is not offered in this department. Transfer credit for PSYC 3005, 3006 or 4000- and 5000-level courses is rarely given.

Current UVa students who wish to take psychology courses at other institutions for credit toward the major are cautioned to get approval before taking a course. Submit the Request for Transfer of Credit Form to the Director of Undergraduate Studies prior to enrollment.

Students cannot receive credit for two classes with the same class number. For example, a common class offered outside of UVa is Human Development. It transfers as PSYC 2700. Thus, students with transfer credit for PSYC 2700 cannot take for Child Psychology for credit because there is too much overlap between the two classes.

 

Distinguished Majors Program

The Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) in Psychology was initiated in January 1986 as an opportunity for psychology majors with exceptional records to prepare a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member during the student's fourth year. The resulting thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student, analyses using an existing database, or a critical literature review. Professor Gerald Clore is the advisor to the Distinguished Majors Program.

Upon successful completion of the program, a Distinguished Major's degree may be awarded with Distinction, High Distinction, or Highest Distinction. The level of distinction is determined by the Undergraduate Committee and The Director of the Distinguished Major Program.

For more information about the Distinguished Majors Program, click here.

 

Student Organizations

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, http://www.psichi.org/.  To be eligible for invitation to the UVa Chapter, students must (a) rank within the upper 35 percent of their University class overall, (b) be a major or minor in psychology, (c) be at least in the second semester of their 2nd-year with at least 9 credits of graded psychology courses and (d) meet the following psychology GPA requirements: at least a 3.9 if in spring of 2nd year, 3.8 if 3rd year, and 3.7 if 4th year. A registration fee pays for lifetime membership and new members are inducted each spring semester. Additional information is available from the chapter advisor, Prof. Frederick Smyth.

University Psychological Society

The University Psychological Society is a student organization that promotes interest in the psychology department, helps orient prospective psychology students, encourages student and faculty interactions within the department, and makes available resources for internships, research, further education, and career exploration
http://pages.shanti.virginia.edu/Psych_Society/  All students who are interested in psychology are encouraged to attend. Majors or non-majors, first-years and up, are welcome. The faculty advisor is Prof. Frederick Smyth.

Future Education and Employment

Although some psychology majors choose the field because they plan to become professional psychologists in a clinical or research setting, it is common for students to choose psychology as a major because they find the subject matter and courses interesting, without giving much thought to career planning. Several books are available in the Bio-Psychology library. See the person at the reference desk. These books provide an introduction and overview of the different areas of psychology, and provide information about careers at the master's and doctoral levels.

Post-graduate Plans

 

Graduate Training in Psychology. Becoming a professional psychologist requires graduate training in one of many areas of psychology. Traditional research areas include Cognitive, Developmental, Quantitative, Sensory and Systems Neuroscience, and Social Psychology. Persons interested in these areas usually pursue a doctoral degree. Applied areas include Clinical, Community, Industrial/Organizational, Counseling, Educational Psychology and School Psychology. Careers in these areas are usually possible at the master's or doctoral levels. Graduate programs in the last three areas may be offered in Education or Educational Psychology Departments instead of traditional Psychology Departments.

 

The American Psychological Association publishes a book entitled Graduate Study in Psychology. This book contains useful information about every institution in the United States and Canada offering graduate study in psychology. The information includes each department's areas of specialization, stipend allowances, number of faculty and graduate students, number of degrees granted in recent years, tuition costs, application deadlines, and addresses for admission applications. A limited number of copies occasionally are for sale in the Newcomb Hall Bookstore. Copies also may be obtained from the Order Department, American Psychological Association, P.O. Box 2710, Hyattsville, MD 20784-0710, or by calling 1-800-374-2721. Other excellent books are available in the Bio-Psychology library.

For additional, useful information about the graduate school process see:

 

Psychology-Related Careers with a Bachelor's Degree. Those who are not ready or interested in going to graduate school often enter the job market and find work in areas that are relevant to their undergraduate training. Many of these jobs are in human service delivery areas, for example, youth counselor, recreation assistant, or rehabilitation advisor. Other jobs may involve analytical or research skills. The federal government, for example, hires Psychology Technicians with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Good books with useful information about the types of job opportunities are available in the Bio-Psychology library.

For additional, useful information about careers with a psychology degree see:

Graduate Training Outside Psychology. Psychology majors are not limited to graduate training in psychology. Some majors use their background to pursue careers in Social Work and Education. In Education, psychology majors can do a combined program with the Curry school and get a Masters degree in 5 years. The Early Childhood & Developmental Risk program is an example (see http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/ecdr/). Other students go on to Medical School or Law School. University Career Services (UCR) has directories of graduate programs in a wide variety of fields. Careful preparation will ensure the proper background. Those interested in pursuing Medical or Law School should contact the appropriate advisor (Pre-Professional) at UCR in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium (see http://www.career.virginia.edu/students/resources/handouts).

General Liberal Arts Careers. Many employers seek graduates with a general liberal arts degree, and psychology majors compete successfully for many of these jobs. These jobs may include, for example, management trainee or salesperson. UCR has information about job opportunities for liberal arts majors interested in pursuing a variety of careers. Psychology majors, along with other majors, participate in resume drop-offs that are conducted throughout the year. If you have not visited UCR already, you are urged strongly to do so to take advantage of the tremendous amount of information they have available.

 Letters of Recommendation

Regardless of whether you plan to get a job or go to graduate school following graduation, you probably will find that you need letters of recommendation. Because the majority of lower-level courses in the psychology program are large lecture courses, many students reach their fourth year and find they have not established close relationships with faculty members. No matter how good a student you are, a letter written by an instructor who can only discuss your in-class performance will not be as strong or convincing as a letter written by someone who knows you better. You must plan ahead! Some tips: Take your relationship with your major advisor seriously. Schedule an appointment outside class with an instructor whose class you really enjoy. Sign up for an independent research project. Finish your lower-level requirements so you can sign up for smaller classes sooner. This can really make a difference.

When you identify faculty members who agree to write letters for you, it is helpful to organize a neat package that includes information about you (e.g., grades, personal statement) and all recommendation forms. Fill out all of the information about you at the top of each form, and include stamped and addressed envelopes. (For UCR forms, include an addressed envelope so they can be sent to Garrett Hall through messenger mail.) A checklist with deadlines is extremely helpful for multiple schools. Finally, please be sure to allow sufficient time (at least three weeks is recommended) for the faculty member to complete the letters.

At the beginning of the fourth year you can start a credentials file at UCR for your letters of recommendation. This service provides students with a means of collecting confidential references that then can be forwarded to schools of interest for up to five years (or longer by special request) after graduation. This is especially useful if you plan to go to graduate school after a one- or two-year delay.

Forms

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.