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Welcome New Students

Welcome to the Department of Student Health and Wellness (SHW) at the University of Virginia! We're thrilled to have you join our community dedicated to fostering holistic well-being among our students. At SHW, we prioritize your physical and mental health throughout your academic journey. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is here to provide comprehensive medical, counseling, and support services tailored to your individual needs. Whether you're seeking routine medical care, mental health resources, or guidance on healthy living, we're here to empower you to thrive. Explore our services, connect with our caring staff, and embark on a path towards optimal health and academic success.

Welcome aboard, and remember, your well-being is our top priority!

New Student Check List

The first weeks of school at UVA are filled with lots of new opportunities and information. You’ll slowly acclimate to Grounds, make connections with your peers, and find your place at the University. As your partner in health and well-being, we want to increase your appreciation of the importance of healthful behaviors, assist you in developing self-care skills and learn how to be an effective consumer of health care resources. Here is a list of 10 things you should do as you begin your journey at the University of Virginia

Check out our space

students walking outside building
Our building sits on Brandon Ave.
student working out
FCAP offers 1:1 functional exercise sessions for students.
Students working in the SHW building
Our space offers multiple dynamic spaces for students to work and gather in community.
Student and Instructor get ready to lead a class in the Teaching Kitchen
Our state-of-the-art teaching kitchen offers classes for students to learn cooking skills.
students at SHW pharmacy
Our pharmacy fills prescriptions, has a selection of over-the-counter medications, and health care products for sale.
shw living room
Our living room offers students a space to unwind and relax in front of the fireplace.
fcap space
Learn more about functional exercise on our website!
The SHW building was designed to feature natural light whenever possible.
Teaching Kitchen Chef
Our teaching kitchen hosts world renowned chefs, like “Sioux Chef” Sean Sherman shown here.
Back of Building
Our 156,000-square-foot building is state-of-the-art.
2nd Flor Space
Our building has many spaces for students to gather and relax.
A woman meditateson a blue yoga mat; her legs are crossed and her hands rest on her knees. The room is warmly lit and other yoga mets and pillows are visible.
Our wellness suite allows students to escape from the hustle of Grounds.
Cav Man Check Up
Our provider rooms are outfitted to fit all your needs!


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Parent Resources

Empowering Parents: Navigating Student Health and Wellness at UVA

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Is Your Hoo on Track? 

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Safety and Support Panel

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Student Resources

EmpowerU: Your Guide to Health and Wellness at UVA

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Student Health and Wellness Pocket Document

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Letter from the Senior Associate Vice President of Student Health and Wellness

Dear New Student,

Welcome! Here at the Department of Student Health and Wellness, we provide you with high quality and confidential health care. We know as a student you will face many challenges and choices and believe that your academic success and participation in extracurricular activities require good health. Our goals are to help you maintain your health through education and prevention and to restore your health when necessary by treatment of illness, injury, or stress. As your partner in wellness and well-being, we want to increase your appreciation of the importance of healthful behaviors, assist you in developing self-care skills and learn how to be an effective consumer of health care resources.

Our clinicians are both care providers and teachers. Not only do we regard each patient encounter as an opportunity to affect your health attitudes and behaviors, but we’re also involved in the formal education of undergraduates, medical students, graduate students and medical residents in a variety of specialty areas. The trainees working in our facility are closely supervised by a permanent member of our staff.

Our department offers outreach programs on many health issues throughout your time on Grounds. You can also schedule an individual meeting with one of our staff members or a trained Peer Health Educators.

If you become ill or if you have questions or concerns you would like to discuss with a physician, psychologist, nurse practitioner, or triage nurse please make an appointment to see one of our care providers. We’ll assist you in recognizing when care or treatment is needed, provide primary care, or help you obtain specialized care if required.

You’re the reason we’re here, and we welcome your use of the resources we offer. We appreciate hearing from you regarding our services and encourage your active involvement with the Student Health Advisory Committee. On behalf of the entire staff, we’d like to contribute to your enjoyment and academic success as a UVA student.

Chris Holstege, M.D.
Senior Associate Vice President, Student Health and Wellness

Chris Holstege stands in front of a building.