Guide Life

"Being a guide means more than you could know before you experience it. At first it means new and exciting things like new skills to learn and new people to meet, but then it means old memories that you'll carry with you for the rest of your life."

"Giving tours is the best part of my day. I get to tell people how much I love the culture and history of this school. It always brings a smile to my face."

"Being a Guide made me fall in love with this place in a whole new way."

Members of the University Guide Service have the incredible opportunity to serve as keepers of our University’s history and also serve as ambassadors of UVA to prospective students.  We are a student-run, volunteer organization.

Being a member of UGS is about more than giving tours.  As a member, you’ll enjoy privileges like:

  • Working with other organizations on Grounds to spread a passion for and understanding of our University’s multi-faceted history.
  • The opportunity to serve as a facilitator for LASE 1520, History of Mr. Jefferson’s University, which is a seminar open to all students which explores the history and traditions of the University.
  • Intramural sports; Guides field several teams each year, providing us all with a chance to bond and have fun!
  • Trips to Monticello, Carter’s Mountain, and many other must-see locations in our area with your fellow guides

Your first semester with the Guide Service will be your “Probie” semester. During this semester, you will learn all of the information you will need to give successful admissions and historical tours of the University.