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Friday, December 11, 2020

The #UVA Class of 2025 Facebook Group is Open!

There will be several posts this afternoon, but I wanted to make sure to share the UVA Class of 2025 Facebook group

 

Who Is in the Facebook Group?

Obviously, the group will have applicants in it at this point. Membership will evolve in the next few months as students make their college choices. After regular decision results come out, the students in these groups often create questionnaires to facilitate roommate matches. I'm told that the questionnaires the students create are more detailed than any being used by a housing office or roommate matching service. Student self-governance works again!

Who Is Moderating the Facebook Group?

There are a few current UVA students who keep an eye on the group. They are not paid to promote a business or product. They are students who know the ins and outs of UVA and have offered to field questions without an agenda. You'll notice that we don't really sell UVA. We present UVA to you and let you decide if the University has the things you need to be happy and challenged. Their answers to your questions will be honest and straightforward. I am not in the group.

What Happens to the Group in the Future?

When your class elects officers, the admins will hand the group over to your chosen leaders. This has been happening for over a decade and it works pretty well. For now, the admins are fine with answering questions, but they usually sit back and let you chat. Nothing in these groups will be saved or connected to your applications.

Is Facebook Activity Used for Admission Purposes?

Nope. I have absolutely no interest in tracking you or looking at your profiles on any social media platform. If we have interacted on Instagram or Twitter, you'll notice that I don't follow you back. That's my rule...I don't follow student accounts. I do follow UVA student organization accounts on Instagram and Twitter. 

Can Parents Join?

No. Every so often, I hear about a parent requesting to join the student group. Please let the students have their space to talk. There are a few groups run by parents on Facebook. Check a few out and see if one feels like a good place for you.

Why Does UVA Create the Group?

We didn't always create a Facebook group for the classes. I used to talk about how it was the students' domain (it was back when you had to have a .edu email address to get an account!) and groups should grow organically. I changed my mind in 2008 when a company started creating groups with school names on them. Content in the group we created won't include advertisements from third parties and your information won't be mined.

What About GroupMe? 

I fully support students using whatever channels they feel are most helpful. However, we don't create or sanction GroupMe chats. I have heard about problematic content on that platform for several years now and I'm not convinced the people starting the college groups are students. Please be careful. 



Remember that anyone can slap the word "official" on a group. That doesn't mean the admin is affiliated with UVA. A good hint that they aren't part of our community: they call you freshmen and they talk about campus. Those words aren't in our lingo.