About the Alumni Association

The Alumni Association keeps its members and friends involved in the University’s present. No matter how far away (either in time or location) alumni have traveled from Charlottesville, their views on the governance of today’s University are represented.

The Alumni Association assists and encourages connections between alumni and students by hosting joint discussions on the Honor System, cosponsoring alumni-student job fairs, administering the UVA Fund, sending Alumni Association members, friends and family the quarterly Virginia Magazine, and overseeing other important initiatives and activities. Through active involvement with the Association while still on Grounds, students are cultivated to assume the mantle of “University caretaker” when they become alumni. In partnership with the University of Virginia, and through its own mission and goals, the Alumni Association plays an active role in the institution’s future as well.

The Mission of the Alumni Association

Build the strongest bond between the University and its alumni

  • Serve ALL of the University’s alumni and students
  • Serve as the voice and the conscience of alumni
  • Serve the University and its mission

To accomplish this, the Alumni Association will:

  • Act as a center for alumni communications and activities
  • Partner with the University to create best-in-class alumni and student engagement
  • Provide relevant resources and services to address alumni challenges and responsibilities during each phase of an alum’s post-graduation lifecycle
  • Celebrate alumni accomplishments
  • Raise funding for advocacy programs, expansion of current operations and additional future needs
  • Provide an incubator capability for new ideas and concepts to benefit the University

Based on these underlying values:

  • Reinforce Jeffersonian ideals and University traditions, including the Honor System and student self-governance
  • Enhance the value of a University of Virginia education and experience
  • Support and promote a diverse and global Academical Village
  • Maintain the self-governance of the Alumni Association


Formed on July 4, 1838, the Alumni Association of the University of Virginia was the sixth such group organized in the United States. A charter was granted to the University near the end of the nineteenth century by the General Assembly of Virginia. The association was originally housed in Pavilion VII on the Lawn of the Academical Village. In 1936 it moved to its current location, the Kappa Phi House on Emmet Street.