Frequently Asked Questions

Below please find answers to some commonly asked questions about UVA Launchpad. If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to launchpad_inquiries@virginia.edu, or complete the Request for Information form. Check back here for additional questions as they become available.

How rigorous are these courses?

These are live, synchronous online courses offered by the College of Arts & Sciences and have the same expectations of academic rigor as any course in the college. Students are expected to attend and actively participate in all classes and complete the work. That said, none of the courses have prerequisites and are intended to be accessible to a wide range of students 

How much does the program cost?

The total program cost is $3,700 for both in-state and out-of-state students.

Are these graded courses?

Yes. Each student will enroll in one Liberal Arts course (2 credits), one Bootcamp (1 credit), and then all students will be enrolled in a 3-credit, project-based course on complex problem solving and strategic decision making.

Can I take these classes without seeking credit?

We are unable to offer individual courses or offer the program on a noncredit basis. 

Are the classes the standard 3 hours?

The liberal arts courses are 2 credits each and the bootcamps are 1 credit each. In addition, the required "Problem Solving & Strategic Decision Making" class will be offered for 3 credits. Students must do all 6 credits; they cannot do only part of the program. 

Is there a residency requirement?

No. Tuition and fees are the same whether students live in-state or out-of-state. 

How is testing conducted?

All tests will be online, whether in Collab or outside of Collab. Instructors may decide to use another online tool for assessment that is outside of Collab. 

What jobs would I be qualified to do after successfully completing the program?

The courses and bootcamps are designed to build broadly applicable skills that will make students more competitive candidates for a wide range of jobs. The “Problem Solving & Strategic Decision Making” class will include real-world, company based projects that students can reference in conversations with future employers.

Once I apply to the Launchpad program, will I be able to see which classes I am able to get into before I am formally enrolled?

You will find out your courses before the program begins. Students can drop with a full refund from June 16 to June 21. The earlier you apply, the more likely you will receive your top course choices.

Can I participate if I’m not available at the times the classes meet?

Students participate live between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET during the programs. Students who need to miss a class due to a conflict can work that out directly with their instructors. The program is not designed to be 100% asynchronous. In general, students will need to be regularly available for all listed class times and should also set aside 4-6 hours per day outside of class to complete applicable work.

Would the six credits for the College of Arts and Sciences count as elective credits?

Yes, the 6-credits count as elective credit for the BA or BS degrees in the College. They also count as part of the 102 required “inside the College” credits. 

 

Can I take UVA Launchpad again if I took it in Sumer 2020?

Yes! Launchpad 2021 includes enough new courses that students who took the program in 2020 could take it again without repeating classes. See the course list on launchpad.virginia.edu

Please note: UVA students who have already taken LPPS 3559 (Intro to Management Consulting and Complex Decision-Making) may not enroll, as it is similar to Launchpad's required course.

Is this program open to incoming first-year students?

This program is not open to new, entering students from UVA or entering first-year students at other institutions.

How soon would someone find out they are accepted?

The extended application deadline is June 16, but students will be notified of acceptance as soon as possible, including students who applied ahead of the April 15 priority deadline.   

 

Why is the instruction live as opposed to recorded?

There will be a mix of live and asynchronous activities, but the program is not designed as an asynchronous experience.

What is the grading scale?

The grading scale will be the same as all undergraduate classes. Here is a link to the University’s Academic Record that includes the grading scale.

When can I drop the course / withdraw / refund?

Summer Session 2021 dates and policies for Drops, Withdrawals and Refunds are here.

When is tuition due?

Tuition and fees are due June 21.

What type of financial aid is available?

UVA Launchpad is 6 credit hours and is eligible for Summer 2021 financial aid. More information regarding types of financial aid is available here. Grant funding for Summer Session is extremely limited and need-based. Some students may only qualify for financial aid in the form of federal student loans. Students seeking aid are encouraged to apply for admission early.

How do I apply for financial aid if I am a UVA student?

Once you are admitted to UVA Launchpad, go to the UVA Student Financial Services Summer 2021 webpage and fill out the Summer 2021 On-Grounds Financial Aid Application Form. Students must have a completed 2020-2021 FAFSA on file and must have completed all items on their To Do List in the Student Information System (SIS). There are other important details on the Summer 2021 Financial Aid page that are important to review. Go to https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa to complete the FAFSA.

Will I be notified I received financial aid when I am notified of my Launchpad program acceptance?

Upon acceptance to Launchpad, you will be directed to the Summer 2021 Financial Aid page and complete the Summer 2021 On-Grounds Financial Aid Application Form. Students applying for financial aid must have a completed 2020-2021 FAFSA on file and must have completed all items on their To Do List in the Student Information System (SIS). Go to https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa to complete the FAFSA. 

Once the Summer 2021 On-Grounds Financial Aid Application Form is submitted, financial aid will be determined on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified by Student Financial Services.

Are Financial Aid programs available for international students?

Student Financial Services does not award financial aid to international students.

What is the admission criteria for a current UVA student?

Students must be rising second, third- or fourth-year undergraduates in good standing and complete the program application.