Beginning Monday, UVA began offering two rounds of tours daily, in the morning and afternoon, in groups of 10, with pairs of interested students and one parent each. For now, officials are limiting the size of the tours, which historically included up to 30 people at a time. “This is in consultation with UVA leadership, who have been in consultation with health experts,” Lenox said. The summer tours, led by student interns in the Office of Admission], take place weekdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Interested families may register for their time preference.
For rising high school senior Togen Floch of Sterling, his tour of UVA was his very first college tour. He said he was drawn to UVA because of the programming in the School of Nursing. He and his mother, Pietra Gephardt, arrived in Charlottesville Sunday evening and spent some time getting the lay of the land on the Corner, a popular commercial district filled with coffee shops and restaurants just across the street from UVA’s Grounds.
Floch said he was overjoyed to be out in public with other people and mask-free. “I love it. I’ve spent half of high school online, so this is great,” he said, grinning widely. “I love the feeling of seeing people and being able to probably meet new friends that I could have if I come here next year.”
Students Lead the Tours
In a typical year, admissions tours begin with an information session with a dean of admission in the auditorium in Newcomb Hall Theater, followed by a tour of Grounds by upper-class students. This summer, information sessions will be held online, but 13 students will lead in-person tours, which Lenox said is the most popular part of the entire enterprise. (The 15-minute information session video will be emailed to registered visitors.)