Location
Charlottesville, VA
Undergrads
14,928
Tuition (in-state)
$38,228 ($12,216)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1620 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife is great if you like to drink; it's still pretty good if you don't drink.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is huge here; there are tons of different political and ethnic organizations.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses are unreliable sometimes and there's not a lot of parking.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The list of majors is pretty diverse; there's something for everyone. The history program has some of the best professors around!

College Freshman

Majors: My program doesn't require an application.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Summer is super hot and winter is super cold; there are only a few really great , in-the-middle days in Spring and Fall. Fall is absolutely beautiful because C-Ville is in the mountains.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life doesn't put up any social barriers between students, but contributes a lot to the sense of community.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't qualify for any aid.

3 College Student

Weather: The summer really heats up, and you can see why Virginia is a southern state: bring on the humidity! The winter can get quite cold though (usually fluctuates between 25 and 45 degrees daily in the winter), and it gets windy. Few inches of snow max per year. When it rains in the fall, it rains for days on end - and it remains sunny for days on end as well. Spring is gorgeous.

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4 College Student

Athletics: Though our football team is atrocious, we have extremely good basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, swim/dive, lacrosse, wrestling, and volleyball teams (all top 25, Division I ACC). The stadiums and fields are kept in great condition and about 10 minutes away (by bus) from Central Grounds. Athletic facilities are easily accessible and in very good condition, with lots of equipment, pools, and space. The student body is generally very healthy and body-conscious.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Charlottesville is a beautiful small city with a LOT of things to do - as long as you go looking!

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Student

Greek Life: Frats go hard on Friday nights, but otherwise, there aren't a lot of frat parties. There are a few top-tier frats that are very competitive, but if you really want to get into a frat, it's not that hard. About 1/3 of the students here are a part of Greek Life: sorority membership is much more common (or at least obvious), and the sororities are more respected than the fraternities.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus locations are easy to find (there's a TON of advertising for them), and the options are usually pretty nice. Housing options are usually somewhat close to Central Grounds, but a bus ride is likely required to get to class.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Drug Safety: There isn't peer pressure outside of parties and frats, and if you don't want to drink - you'll definitely find a group of non-drinkers. The University Police don't typically bust people for drinking, and are mostly concerned with getting students home safely. Some people smoke weed, but it's a pretty small minority. Very few people do hard drugs.

Drinking in dorms usually gets busted, however, so you have to go out typically.

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: New dorms are very comfortable and nice inside, but a lot of first-years also live in old dorms, which are 50 years old and lack air conditioning. It's just luck of the draw as to where you end up.

Once you move off-Grounds (or to upper-year housing), it gets better, although you are a bit farther from your classes. Some dorms are literally next to classroom buildings, which makes going to class convenient.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There's a decent selection of restaurants nearby, but you'd have to take a trip of 15 minutes or so to get Downtown, where there are way more food options.

4 College Student

Scholarships: The aid packages are quite good here, but they do expect your family to make a contribution. There are a lot of grants given by AccessUVA (especially to out-of-state students), which is the University's aid program.

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3 College Student

Transportation: The bus system isn't really that great, and getting to the airport is difficult (except around Thanksgiving, when the University provides shuttles). We use a smartphone app to see where buses are, however, which is pretty nifty. Getting to the Amtrak station or downtown Charlottesville is pretty easy - and students can ride any bus for free.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Diversity: There are people from all sorts of countries and backgrounds, though students mostly come from the East Coast. It's very easy to find a group based on your politics, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It varies season to season. Cold winters, sweltering summers, and everything in between.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There are a variety of major options. Some are more annoying than others but the career services are very helpful

3 College Freshman

Majors: The College is the largest and is fairly easy to get into. There are other options like engineering, school of commerce, and school of education.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are one of the top rated in the country. Workload varies on what classes you take.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The police are visible and willing to help; they are pretty lenient.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is a lot to do on The Corner and the Downtown Mall. There are areas off grounds to go shopping. DC is 2 hours away for museums.

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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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