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 courses and bootcamps are designed to build broadly applicable skills, ranging from leadership, collaboration, and critical thinking to data literacy, media production, and web development, 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 “Complex Problem Solving and Strategic Decision Making” course will be taught by a UVA faculty member. Students will work on solving problems that arise in companies in either the sustainability or data privacy sectors. Students will select which topic most interests them - sustainability or data privacy - and will work in teams to solve and present a case study that represents a real issue in the partner companies. The UVA faculty member is the primary instructor for the course, but employees from the partner companies will be involved in the course setup 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 a 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. 

What part of the program is online? What part is in-person?

The first five weeks of Launchpad, including the liberal arts and bootcamp courses, all take place online, allowing students to complete the program from anywhere in the world. The last three weeks of the Launchpad program, as part of the “Complex Problem Solving and Strategic Decision Making” course, has an online and an in-person option. Students select their preference to participate online or in-person during the application process.

Where and when will the in-person option take place?

The in-person part of the program will take place during week 6 of Launchpad, from Sunday, July 24 to Friday, July 29, 2022 in Northern Virginia. Students will stay in dorms at George Mason University, and the class sessions will be held on Capital One’s campus in Tyson’s Corner. The remaining two weeks of the “Complex Problem Solving and Strategic Decision Making” course will take place online, and students can complete the remainder of the course from their residence.

Does it cost more to select the in-person option?

The program cost is the same whether a student opts to complete the program fully online or participate in the in-person option. Housing and most meal expenses will be covered for all students who live further than 20 miles from the housing site. If you live within 20 miles of the site, it is expected that you will stay in your current residence throughout the in-person component of the program. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, but students will be responsible for their own dinners. Students are also responsible for their own transportation to and from the housing site. 

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. 

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 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 Summer 2020 or 2021?

Yes! Launchpad 2022 includes new courses so that students who took the program in 2020 or 2021 can take it again without repeating classes. See the course list on launchpad.virginia.edu

What is the admission criteria?

Students must be rising second, third- or fourth-year undergraduates in good standing and complete the program application. 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 May 27, but students will be notified of acceptance as soon as possible, with release of rolling admissions decisions beginning on March 21, 2022. 

When can I drop the course / withdraw / refund?

Summer Session 2022 dates and policies for Drops, Withdrawals and Refunds are here.

How much does the program cost?

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

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 2022 financial aid. More information regarding types of financial aid for UVA students 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 2022 webpage to ensure you have completed all requirements to be considered for financial aid. Students who already have a FAFSA for the 2021-2022 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.