Course Fees & Information

How do I register for a class?

What UVA requirements do MLBS courses fulfill?

  • Courses satisfy the laboratory requirement for the UVA Biology major. Exceptions are noted in course descriptions.
  • Courses satisfy at least one distributional requirement for the UVA Conservation Concentration. Exceptions are noted in course descriptions.

Course Offerings

Course Application


Course Fees (Summer 2018)


               In-state undergraduate students $ 386 / credit-hr
               Out-of-state undergraduate students $1,394 / credit-hr
               Graduate students Contact us
               Community scholars / K-12 educators / other non-students Contact us

          Room & Board

$262.50 / week*
     *includes $100 Board Deposit



General Course Information

Application Deadline

There is no course application deadline. Course registration is open until the course fills, and as late as the day before the course starts. Review of applications for course financial aid begins on March 15. If you are requesting financial aid as part of your course application, it is best to have your application in by then. See Financial Aid below.  

Enrollment and Registration Limits

Enrollment is limited to 11 students per course. Registration is limited to one course per session.  Participation in MLBS courses is not limited to current college or university students.  All course applications require approval before Open Enrollment.

Drop Policy

ALL MLBS Summer Session course students are charged a $100 Board Deposit for each course, to be applied to their total board charge. SIS-enrolled students will see this charge posted to their student account. Students who are not enrolled through SIS (taking the course on an audit basis) are also charged a $100 Board Deposit, billable directly to the student. The Board Deposit becomes non-refundable if the course is dropped less than 14 days before the start of class. UVA Summer Session defines all other course dropping policies and regulations. See Refund Policy below.  

Fees and Payment 

All payments of Tuition, and Room & Board must be made before the start of class. You will receive information on how to pay through the Summer Session office. Purchase of text books and/or other course material (e.g. lab supplies) may be required.

Refund Policy

A $100 Board Deposit will be refunded only if the course is dropped more than 14 days before the start of class. There may be an instance where an MLBS course fills up and a student enrolled on a "space available" basis (not enrolled through SIS) is asked to drop the course and take it another time. In this case, a full refund of any fees paid in advance will be issued. UVA Summer Session defines all other tuition and fee adjustments and course dropping policies and regulations.

Course Level and Credit

Most courses are appropriate for undergraduate or graduate students and may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. Please contact the station if you have questions about prerequisites or course level expectations. Course numbers are set to accommodate graduate student participants and other university requirements. Do not assume you are not qualified. Course credit is usually transferable to other institutions. However, your home institution makes this decision. Check with them. Courses meet the lab course requirement in the Department of Biology at UVA, and satisfy at least one distributional requirement for the Conservation Concentration at UVA. Any exceptions or additions to requirements fulfilled by a course are indicated in the course description. You should confirm applicability of specific courses with the MLBS office and with your UVA advisor before registering. Students who wish to apply credit earned at Mountain Lake toward a graduate degree from the University of Virginia must be admitted to the graduate program at the University before enrollment in the course. 

Class Schedule and Expectations

Classes generally meet for lecture and discussion in the mornings and lab or field work in the afternoons. Class schedules vary, and while most course obligations occur Monday through Friday, instructors may schedule activities for any day or time during the session. Field courses can be physically demanding. Participants should be willing to embrace long hours out of doors in sometimes rugged environments, and in all weather conditions.

Honor Code

Students at Mountain Lake are considered students of the University of Virginia and are therefore bound by the University's Honor System.  Students are responsible for knowing its content and are required to follow its procedures. 


Accommodations are 1930s-era historic. Course students are assigned to double-occupancy rooms in single-sex dorms with shared living room and bathroom. Three meals a day are served in the dining hall. Be sure to consult "What to Bring" before arrival. More...

Liability and Vertebrate Animal Use

Students must complete the"Field Station Risk Acknowledgement Application" (Liability Waiver) during or after the on-line application process, but before arriving at the station. Some course descriptions include this note: This course includes handling vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, amphibians, fish). When you complete the Liability Waiver, please make sure you answer "Yes" to the animal handling question

Financial Aid

MLBS Scholarships are available based on academic record and need. Use the course application to apply for financial aid. A statement of need and letter of recommendation are required. Review of applications begins March 15. Awards will be made while funding remains available.

Nontraditional Students

Contact us to find out about participation requirements, costs, and how to register.  There are some special forms to complete. E.g. Permission to Enroll (for all non-UVA enrolled students), Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver (for eligible Virginia residents only)

Course Offerings

Course Application