Admissions Events: Master of Public Policy

Admitted  Students Weekend

March 31-April 1, 2017



Event times, speakers and locations subject to change

Friday, March 31

Admitted Students Weekend will officially kick off at 5:30p.m., with a welcome dinner on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall. For those arriving Friday afternoon, we have two optional offerings:                   


2:00-3:15 p.m.

Optional Class, Race and Policy, with Mayor Michael Signer

Monroe Hall, Room 122

** If you would like to attend, please check in with Batten staff in Monroe Hall/Economics Building (see map for details) outside of Room 122 by 1:45 p.m.


3:30 – 5:00 p.m.           

Tours of UVA Grounds

University Guides will provide tours of the Rotunda and Academical Village on a rolling basis. If you would like a pre-dinner tour, please check in with Batten Staff outside Pavilion IX of the UVA Lawn (see map for details).


5:00 p.m.                     

Travel to Downtown Mall

Take a ride on the Charlottesville Trolley accompanied by Batten Ambassadors from Grounds to the historic Downtown Mall. Meet Ambassadors on the street-side (University Blvd.) of the Rotunda for a quick jaunt down Main Street.


5:30 – 8:00 p.m.            

Welcome Dinner/Reception - Water Street Restaurant, 117 5th St SE

Charlottesville Downtown Mall

Meet with future classmates and current students while you enjoy dinner and a friendly game of trivia.


Saturday, April 1

8:30 a.m.                     


Colonnade Club, Pavilion VII

Enjoy a breakfast buffet with Batten Ambassadors and future classmates at the oldest building on the Lawn, Pavilion VII, also called the Colonnade Club. 


9:15 a.m.                      

“Why Batten?” Opening Remarks from Batten Dean Allan Stam

Colonnade Club, Pavilion VII


9:30 a.m.                     

Welcome and Review of Day’s Agenda

Jeff Chidester & Patti Edson

Great Hall


9:45 – 10:30 a.m.           

Batten Curriculum & Academic Opportunities

Amanda Crombie, Director of Academic Programs & Registrar

Great Hall


10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Student Panel

Great Hall

A panel of current students will answer your questions about life at Batten.


11:30 -12:15 p.m.             

Three-Minute Pitches

Great Hall

In advance of “Office Hours,” representatives from Batten’s research centers, student organizations, and support staff will give a short summary of their work.


12:15 - 2:00 p.m.             

Lunch & “Office Hours” 

Garrett Hall 

Pick up a box lunch and make your way around to office hours to visit (maps will be provided) with the speakers from the three-minute pitches and get a little one-on-one time to ask questions.


2:00 – 2:45  p.m.

Alumni Panel

Great Hall

Meet Batten alumni who are working in the public, private and non-profit sectors and ask them questions about their current positions.


3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: The Honorable Evan Bayh, former Governor and U.S. Senator

Great Hall


4:15 p.m.   

Depart for Monticello                         


5:00 – 8:30p.m.           

Monticello Tours & Closing Reception

Enjoy one last evening in Charlottesville with future classmates, staff, and faculty while touring Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.



The Batten School will cover all room & taxes for the night(s) of your visit, based on your distance from Charlottesville:

  • Virginia, Washington DC, and southern Maryland residents: Batten will cover one night of stay at the Residence Inn Downtown in Charlottesville
  • All others: Batten will cover two nights stay at the Residence Inn Downtown Charlottesville