Learn the modern skills you need to make an impact in the world.
Get connected with fun projects, awesome jobs, and a community you'll love.
Our programs help you discover and develop your talents.
All of our programs are all online for Spring 2021.
Forge looks different than your typical club, school, or community.
That's because we're a unique mix of all three.
Most of our programs are led by students like you. We believe that's a better way to learn.
What happens when students run their own school?
Our student teaching model means we can be more agile than any university or big company so we can transform our programs quickly as the world changes. It also means we can be better mentors and guides for you. We know where you might get stuck and how to guide you through those challenges because we've been in your shoes before.

This also means the programs we offer are constantly changing and improving, enabling you to learn skills that are more up-to-date than what you might learn in a typical classroom. And we know what makes a lesson fun (or extremely boring), so we always design programs that we'd want to participate in ourselves.
No grades or tests, ever.
Shouldn't learning new stuff be fun?
We know we might be the first experience you have with a new skill, whether it be software development, graphic design, digital marketing, data science, or anything else that we offer. We love to make these experiences fun, safe, exciting, and free of traditional academic pressures or prereqs.

That's why accessibility to all students is so vital to us. Regardless of your financial situation, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or even your past experiences - you have a place here.
We create opportunities for you to put your new skills to work.
Why wait to make an impact on the world?
We believe that people with the skills to make positive change have a responsibility to do so. That's why our curriculum, projects, and partnerships focus on how we can positively impact Charlottesville and our broader communities.

Maybe you'll learn how to analyze climate change data in our data science courses. Maybe you'll learn digital marketing skills to help local businesses survive the impacts of COVID-19. Or maybe you'll get matched with an internship where you can design an app to help veterans manage their PTSD.

Whatever you choose to do, we'll introduce you to ways you can use what you learn at Forge to make a positive impact today.

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All of this (usually) takes place in our community's clubhouse on the UVA Corner.
We're the little green house at #9 Elliewood Ave, right down the street from Starbucks.
We've transformed a historic building on the UVA Corner into an always-buzzing hub of go-getter students. Our rooms are filled with comfy couches, huge whiteboards, fast WiFi, and even a bean bag or two.

To new students, #9 is usually where you'll jump into a skills course or train for Launch during the summer. For many, #9 also quickly becomes a home for late-night whiteboarding sessions, idea jams with friends, and even pregames and parties. While our clubhouse is mostly closed during COVID-19, it still remains the spot our 400+ member community calls home. Learn more about our community.
HackCville is now Forge. Learn more about our rebrand.
Our Sponsors and Hiring Partners
Brendan Collins
College Recruiter at Google
[Forge] is an incredible institution and like nothing else at any university we work with.
Thompson Eberline
Managing Director, S&P Global
Our interns were outstanding, delivering real value to the business and interacting with senior stakeholders, displaying maturity and skill beyond a typical college student or junior employee.
Peter Simonsen
Forge Alum, UVA '15
[Forge]'s programs showed me career paths I hadn't even considered at UVA, and it's where I found a job I absolutely love.