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UVa announces new Northern Virginia campus

The University of Virginia is digging its roots deeper into the Washington suburbs.

A new Fairfax County campus announced earlier this month is expected to expand and consolidate the school’s programming in Northern Virginia, home to the largest concentration of UVa alumni and prospective undergraduates.

UVa has leased the second and third floors, about 55,000 square feet, of a building in the Inova Center for Personalized Health complex in Falls Church, where it has an existing collaboration with Inova Fairfax Hospital, which serves as a teaching hospital for UVa medical students.

Work is under way on the campus at 8095 Innovation Park Drive, where the university says it will offer classrooms and collaborative work spaces that will host full-time UVa students and serve as a hub for working professionals taking online courses, high schoolers in summer programs and businesses that offer workforce training through the school.

The leaders of UVa Northern Virginia said the campus, scheduled to open in January 2025, will offer something different than what can be found 100 miles south in Charlottesville, where Founding Father Thomas Jefferson established his Academical Village in 1819.

“We see working professionals as the bulk of our Northern Virginia audience,” spokeswoman Leanna Yevak told The Daily Progress. “Our programs are all created for individual learners to access; they are not school specific.”

Of the university’s 12 individual schools, eight are expected to offer courses at the new facility, with more than 30 programs already planned.

A handful of UVa’s schools have been operating in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington for years.

A branch of the Darden School of Business has been based in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington since 2016, and a Management of Information Technology program, part of the McIntire School of Commerce, offers in-person classes at a campus within Valo Park in Tyson’s Corner.

UVa formally launched its Northern Virginia campus in Rosslyn in September 2021, offering courses in business, data science, education, engineering and professional studies. Gregory Fairchild, a longtime UVa professor of business administration and associate dean for the school’s Washington-area initiatives, was tapped to serve as dean UVa Northern Virginia. Officials at the time said it was “just the beginning.”

The new Falls Church campus will bring much of UVa’s current Northern Virginia programming together in one place, while offering a foundation for future programs.

“We already have a number of programs, faculty and researchers who have been doing work in the region for years, but they have not been consolidated,” said Yevak.

The Falls Church facility will also host the UVa Northern Virginia summer program, Inspire Summer, which focuses on preparing high schoolers for life after graduation with classes in programming, business, marketing and essay writing.

With so many people in Northern Virginia, and so many of those people being UVa alumni, it only makes sense that the region has become a feeder for UVa undergraduate programs.

“We’re aware that this region is perfectly situated to meet students before they enter the undergraduate space and postgraduate space,” Yevak said.

UVa Northern Virginia is also planning to launch an initiative that will provide custom executive programming courses for nearby companies in the region.

UVa previously shared real estate with Virginia Tech at the Northern Virginia center in Idylwood. It exited that property in 2020 after it refused to share the costs of a major overhaul of the facility that will see it transformed into a mixed-use research-housing-office center. That overhaul is currently underway, and Tech remains a major stakeholder in the project.


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