GradSTAR Program

GradSTAR Program

GradSTAR is an Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA) initiative to support African-American students’ academic excellence and to promote personal growth and involvement in all University activities and programs.

GradSTAR empowers African-American students to create opportunities to gain knowledge and skills to succeed in a global society.

GradSTAR prepares students for:

  • Research experiences
  • Civic engagement & service projects
  • Clinical & career exposure (esp. for students in pre-professional areas of study)
  • Cultural enrichment opportunities (including Study Abroad)

It also helps students to access University resources including:

  • UVa Library and Media Centers
  • University Career Center
  • UVa Writing Center
  • Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE)

Tips for Success:

Schedule an appointment with your Association Dean or academic advisor & visit the OAAA office each semester before classes begin.

Use a planner to organize your academics and activities.

Develop a strong work ethic:

  • Practice good study habits
  • Go to professor/TA office hours
  • Form positive relationships with classmates
  • Attend Raising-the-Bar 

Balance your UVa Experience

  • Choose extra-curricular activities wisely
  • Seek support from OAAA Deans & Peer Advisors

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