Location
Charlottesville, VA
Undergrads
14,928
Tuition (in-state)
$38,228 ($12,216)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1605 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They usually are able to meet my needs, however, I have heard of people not getting their needs met and financial services can be annoying to talk to.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's always so many things going on around grounds, whether it be an acapella concert, a club meeting, or a party, it's almost impossible to be bored.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The streets of grounds are very well lit, and there is a healthy security presence. Dorms have a great security system.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Typical weekends start on Thursday and end on Sunday. If you wanted to, you could party every day of the week. As first-years frats are the major scene, which slowly turns into visiting the local bars by the end of first-year and into second and beyond. UVA is the only school I know that has a party in the summer when everyone comes back for one weekend, called "midsummers".

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: While the stereotype exists that everyone at UVA looks the same, there is definitely a huge diversity presence.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Especially during basketball season, the whole school comes together to root on the Cavaliers! Everyone is involved in Intramural Sports as well.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nice place, however, everything is super expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: New dorms are very nice, however, are further from class.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most professors here are wonderful and renowned, however, when you have a 300 person upper level bio, it can make getting help more difficult. Smaller classes, especially ones on the lawn, are amazing. However, if you take the time to go to office hours and try to meet your professor, you will find out that they are super helpful and kind.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of opportunities available, however, hard to get into.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's so much to do around Charlottesville, in fact, it was even named the number one college town!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many people support the sports of the University therefore the atmosphere is insane during popular sports seasons (football, basketball).

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life adds to the social atmosphere if you want it to; otherwise, it can easily be ignored.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Overall the campus strictness allows for better happiness on grounds.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is pretty average with one of the only issues being that some of the buildings are a little far away from academic buildings. It can be a bit of a walk in the mornings.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere surrounding the campus is amazing. There is a lot of pride in the University from the local community so most people are really kind to anyone sporting school logos.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a great number of extremely diversified students on campus. Most of the time the level of acceptance is quite high in relation to everyone's political, ethnic or social backgrounds.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The options are all varied and generally really great.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Wonderful area. Lots of things to do.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nice housing. Plenty of bus routes.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: It is very hard to get into my program. The nursing school has limited spots for the first year class that is coming in. I do wish that I got more information from admissions once I was accepted. I felt like I still had lots I was confused about with the school in general. Overall, it's important to have volunteer experience and show a strong desire to be part of the nursing school.

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Majors: I have not started yet.

Recent Alumnus

Academics: I will be starting my first year this fall. I cannot yet give a review for my major.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: University of Virginia has a very good reputation with very good professors.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: LOVE all the restaurants in Charlottesville! There is a huge variety and the corner has a bunch of places and is right next to grounds. My favorites are Basil and Mellow Mushroom :)

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Haley Bryant
Hometown
London, UK
Major
Media Studies
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Most students talk about the wonderful experiences and positive feelings they associate with UVA. The University has some of the most devoted alumni in the country. Of course, there are those who wished they had gone somewhere else and those who were turned off by things such as the lack of diversity, the prominence of Greek life, student naïvety, or the pretentiousness that is, in fact, present on campus. Those who really like UVA appreciate its traditions, the friendly and outgoing atmosphere, the beautiful setting, and the outstanding academic environment. Students definitely have their share of rough, sad, or aggravating moments at UVA, but when all is said and done, many claim that they couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

There are so many different experiences here—putting together an unorganized, student-run play with remarkable self-motivated students, studying abroad, drinking wine and chatting with a favorite professor in his/her home, tutoring at a local school, or sunning out on the lawn with friends—that, in the end, are some of the many reasons why students are happy at UVA. If you come to UVA, be prepared to take the good with the bad. In my view, the positive aspects of the University outweigh the negatives, and the environment is as vibrant and intelligent as it was when Thomas Jefferson founded it well over a century ago.

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