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Charlottesville, VA
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14,928
Tuition (in-state)
$38,228 ($12,216)
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Hard
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Reviews 1616 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: UVA isn't as diverse as it should be. It's a big school but I find that a lot of the students are pretty similar (read: generally well to do). UVA can and should do a better job at admitting and supporting students who aspire to attend a university of such regard but may not have the finances to do so.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UVA is one of the best schools in the nation - and people take notice. When I mention that I go to UVA, people know of it and are delighted to know that I attend such a top-notch school.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I LOVE UVA. I didn't expect to like it so much since its preppiness really turned me off when I first visited but once I was there and tried my best to really dive into the college experience, I truly cannot imagine going anywhere else. It's important to keep an open mind and not to judge people on face value alone. It's amazing how some UVA students can shock you with how thoughtful they are if you look past their exterior and get to know them.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love UVA's grounds. Yes, some of it may be old but, personally, the history of some of the buildings just adds charm to the overall appeal of UVA.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I LOVE living in Charlottesville. The dining is amazing and a free trolley runs from UVA to downtown everyday. There are also lots of nature-type things to do on the weekends - hiking Humpback or Old Rag, swimming in Blue Hole, tubing on the James, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life plays a bigger role than most UVA tour guides would let on. It won't matter in the long run if you choose to go greek while at UVA, but it helps more than it hurts if you pledge while on grounds.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: UVA students are very attractive. It can get pretty distracting on most days.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: UVA kind of rips off incoming first years by making them choose between the two most expensive dining options when they enter the university. Some dining hall meals are better than others (read: meatloaf and lemon bars) but generally, you learn to eat for sustenance and not pleasure. The dumpling cart (which takes plus dollars), however, serves some of the best dumplings I've ever had.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: UVA is the #1 party school in the nation and it is definitely prevalent in the number and quality of parties that are held every weekend. Yes, some nights are better than others but overall, the parties are UVA are of better quality than most other college parties that I've been to in other schools.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in old dorms my first year and although it was less than luxurious, I learned to love it. Old dorms have no a/c but that isn't really a problem aside from the first couple weeks of the year before the fall weather comes in and cools everything down.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Charlottesville is the best college town in the country, and it shows with the quality and variety of off-campus dining that can be found around UVA grounds.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: UVA students are great supporters of the sports our teams excel in - in the past year our basketball team had a fantastic run (which greatly energized the student body) while our football team continued to disappoint. This is why basketball tickets are granted through a lottery system while very few attend football games for actual football.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've personally never felt unsafe on grounds. UVA, in my opinion, does a great job at keeping its grounds safe.

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't applied to my program yet - this happens in my second year.

College Sophomore

Majors: It's difficult to find an internship without experience.

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.

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Haley Bryant
Hometown
London, UK
Major
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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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