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.

What will I learn and how will this help me?

The online courses and bootcamps are designed to build broadly applicable skills, ranging from leadership, collaboration, and critical thinking to data literacy, cloud computing, and navigating workplace culture, that will make students more competitive candidates for a wide range of jobs.

The “Complex Problem Solving & Strategic Decision Making” class will include real-world, company-based projects that students can reference in conversations with future employers.

What is the “Complex Problem Solving & Strategic Decision Making” course?

The online “Complex Problem Solving and Strategic Decision Making” course will be taught by a UVA instructor. Students will apply their learning to work in teams to solve and present a case study that represents a real issue that the partner companies are facing. The UVA staff member is the primary instructor for the course, but employees from the partner companies will be involved in course setup, mentorship and case study design.

What time commitment should I expect to make? When will classes be held?

Students participate in classes live between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. EDT from Monday to Thursday during the programs. There will be several mandatory professional development activities offered from 12 - 1 p.m. throughout the program. Details on those sessions will be announced closer to the start of the program. Students should also set aside 4-6 hours per day outside of class to complete applicable work.

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

Students who need to miss one  class due to a conflict can work that out directly with their instructors. In general, students will need to be regularly available for all listed class times.

Are these graded courses?

Yes. Each student will select and be enrolled in one Liberal Arts course (2 credits), one Bootcamp (2 credits), and a project-based course (2 credits) titled “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.

How much does the program cost?

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

Are the classes the standard 3 hours?

All courses are 2 credits each. Students must take all 6 credits; they cannot take 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.

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. The earlier you apply, the more likely you will receive your top course choices.

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

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

What are the admission criteria?

Students must be rising second, third- or fourth-year undergraduates in good standing and complete the program application. The program is open to students from UVA and other institutions. 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 application deadline is June 2 , but students will be notified of acceptance as soon as possible, with release of rolling admissions decisions beginning at the end of March 2023.

When can I drop the course / withdraw / refund?

Summer Session 2023 dates and policies for Drops, Withdrawals and Refunds are here.

When is tuition due?

Tuition and fees are due June 20.

What type of financial aid is available?

UVA Launchpad is 6 credit hours and is eligible for Summer 2023 financial aid. More information regarding types of financial aid for UVA students is available here. Grant funding for Summer Session is 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 2023 webpage to ensure you have completed all requirements to be considered for financial aid. Students who already have a FAFSA for the 2022-2023 academic year will automatically be reviewed for financial aid eligibility for Summer Session, including grant funding. Students who want aid for summer and have not completed a FAFSA should do so at their earliest opportunity at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.

Are Financial Aid programs available for international students?

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

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