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 $ 377.00 / credit-hr
               Out-of-state undergraduate students $1,347.00 / credit-hr
               Graduate students Contact us
               Community scholars / K-12 educators / other non-students Contact us

          Room & Board

$262.50 / week



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 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.

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.

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. 


Accommodations are 1930s era historic and rustic. 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...

Fees and Payment 

All payments of tuition, room, and board must be made before the start of your 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

UVA Summer Session defines tuition refunding and course dropping procedures and regulations. Refunds for Station fees (room and board only) can be made for cancelations made before 10:30 a.m. the day prior to arrival. If you decide to drop the class within 5 days of its start date, please email us in addition to dropping the class.

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. 

Not a Traditional Undergraduate Student?

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

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. .

Course Offerings

Course Application