Application Dates:

Catalyst has two application cycles, one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.

  • The fall application opens September 1 and closes October 4th at midnight, with decisions by October 15 for a spring semester start. 
  • The spring application opens February 1 and closes February 28 at midnight, with decisions by March 15 for a fall semester start.

Application Details:

The application link takes you to UVA's Application Management system. You will need to create an account and log in in order to access the Catalyst application. Instructions are provided on the site.

Catalyst's application is designed to be short and accessible. It involves background information and three very short (75-word) answers, which we encourage you to initially type out in a word processing program before pasting into the application itself. We select cohorts based on a broad combination of factors including interests, academic and personal background, experiences, and goals. We look in particular for students who are prepared to engage and succeed academically; who will benefit significantly from the program; and who are prepared to support and thrive in the collegial environment we cultivate in cohorts.

Eligibility Criteria:

Catalyst is open to any UVA student (in any school) who has completed a full academic year at a four-year institution, including incoming transfer students. First-year students may apply in the spring, and second-year students may apply in any cycle. Third-year students should aim for the fall application cycle to allow themselves sufficient time to complete the program, although it is possible to complete the program in one academic year as a fourth-year with sufficient schedule space.

Please see our FAQ page for more details.