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Reviews 1645 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life provided us nongreeks with some solid (if a little gross) parties. Can't complain.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Pretty standard dorm life, I made my closest friends among girls living on my hall and loved it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There seemed to be a pretty decent amount of diversity, though most students were upper middle class.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I never really felt pressured to drink or do anything I didn't want to do. Some people may feel differently.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The wireless is available all throughout campus and is always fast. Several computer labs.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I never felt unsafe walking around campus or surrounding areas.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Driving is the easiest option. A train station nearby makes it accessible, but no major airport within a couple hours.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Everything is Charlottesville is delicious and wonderful.

5 College Senior

Majors: Could have easily double majored if I wanted to--feel very prepared for graduate school.

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5 College Senior

Majors: Can make this major as tough as you want, there's a non-competetive distinguished majors program where you can write a thesis

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Second highest number of restaurants per capita in the US, just shy of New York City

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: If you're going for a well dressed, career oriented and intellectual partner--they're in abundance

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5 College Senior

Nightlife: Alcohol everywhere. And the bar specials are SO CHEAP.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Not too happy about how prominent it is--pledging season has a lot of hazing incidents

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I walk most places alone. I feel really safe here

3 College Senior

Transportation: Buses do their job, not stellar for time consumption

3 College Senior

Diversity: It's still a good old southern boy school in some respects

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options, can range pricey but easy to find houses for cheap

4 College Senior

Academics: Lots of diverse sociology offerings at lower and upper levels

4 College Senior

Computers: Network covers most everywhere, lots of good computer labs for stats work

4 College Freshman

Computers: It's not really possible to not have your own computer, but once that's taken care of UVA is a good place to be

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing options themselves are fine but students need a plan for second year housing by October of first year

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Just don't cheat or drink in dorms and you're golden.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Charlottesville is known for dining and there is a lot of diversity in the restaurants here

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The rush process doesn't always seem worth it

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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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