"I don't think I've ever gotten to know a group so well so quickly: and not in a superficial way but in a raw and honest way that allowed us to truly appreciate the beauty of nature and our peers. I love knowing that, going to UVA in the fall, I already have people that make it feel like home. I'm so lucky that UVA has this program"
"Especially for first years who are coming from out of state, COAR is a great experience. Immediately having a friend group makes the transition to college much easier. This trip tested my boundaries and in many ways acted as a personal journey with nine other great friends in the beautiful wilderness."
"We started out the way any group of new UVA students would: awkwardly friendly, polite, uncomfortable, and nervous. As the trip progressed, we got comfortable both with talking to each other as well as with remaining silent. I feel like I am going to start school with 12 friends I wouldn't have otherwise, and for that I am very grateful. The adventures were great, but the fellowship made it for me."
Welcome to COAR! The orientation will begin at 5 pm at the Slaughter Recreation Center located at 505 Edgemont Rd. Staff will check over equipment, check out any supplemental gear you may need (per packing list) and introduce you to the others in the group over the provided dinner that night. You will tent camp the next three nights at Loft mountain in the Shenandoah National Park which is located above 3,000 feet, so temperatures are much nicer in July. Temperatures at night are typically in the 50s.
UVA 2021 COAR Dates
COAR normally happens in July, however, we're now exploring the potential for some COAR trips during the fall semester. Check this page for updates.