About Our College

Home on the Hill

Hereford is more than a place to sleep,  it is a community to call home! Located on beautiful Observatory Hill, Hereford offers a balance of proximity to Central Grounds with access to a relaxing natural setting--complete with some of the most stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains available at UVa. As one of the three residential colleges at U.Va., Hereford unites living and learning through dynamic programs and opportunities not offered in the traditional classroom or dormitory setting. The Hereford community is comprised of nearly 200 first-fourth year students, from a diverse range of majors and schools as well as approximately twenty-five faculty and community Fellows from throughout the University, several of whom are in residence on Hereford grounds. Student-members of Hereford are able to reside in the community for all four years of their time at U.Va. a special benefit that means living with students from all four class years.

Key components of Hereford are the student governance and meaningful faculty interaction. Hereford is student-governed by the Hereford Student Senate (HSS). This group of leaders responds to student needs within the community to develop enriching programs, social activities, and special events. The HSS is responsible for managing the significant Hereford student budget paid for by annual student fees. Working directly with the student leaders is the Faculty Principal who lives at Hereford. Hereford members also have opportunities to interact with faculty and community Fellows through our many programs such as one-credit short courses, monthly Food with Fellows dinners, or weekly Breakfast Club. To learn about the many opportunities available, check out our 2014-2015 Year in Review.

Living Well: Sustainability and Social Awareness

At Hereford, care for the physical and social environment drive student programming. Initiatives such as providing reusable dishware at all Hereford events, equipping residence hall bathrooms with shower timers, and instituting a recycling program in each of the halls help reduce the environmental footprint. Hereford students also engage with their social world with informed dialogue about current issues, special guests speakers, and field trips to locations such as the Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.