What is GradSTAR?

What is GradSTAR?

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

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 (RTB)

Balance your UVa Experience

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

For more information, please contact 

Office of African-American Affairs
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Phone: 434-924-7923