Charlottesville, VA
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Reviews 1616 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are challenging, registration process is very annoying if you are in CLAS.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I personally don't care about sports.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: We had one snow day this past semester but it was on a Sunday, besides that, the weather does not affect much. If it rains, people just wear rain jackets and use umbrellas.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is an entire street off campus with Greek houses. The condition of the house depends on the money invested by the sorority or fraternity. In general, from the outside, the houses all look beautiful with their Greek letters mounted on the outside wall.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At the University of Virginia, many students want to succeed academically. I feel OK asking my peers questions regarding academic things i.e. what classes to take, how to craft a thesis etc...

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in a language house and it has been awesome, and the price is the same as apartments that you can find off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have language dorms at my school which I think is unique. I live in the French language dorm and the atmosphere is great. My conversational French has greatly improved because of having to speak it in the common living spaces.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love the atmosphere of the University of Virginia. During the week many people are in the libraries which is great because it encourages you to study. During the weekend the actual campus is not very crowded because people are eating out at restaurants, at friends' off-campus houses and traveling.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Everything is within walking distance so if you live on campus you really don't need a car.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have plenty of buses that are free, but it is complicated for a new student to learn the different routes and pick up times. The pick up times posted online at the campus shuttle's website do not correlate with the actual times.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking around my campus alone at night, but I have gotten a few emails this past semester about campus police having to investigate sexual attacks that happened late at night on the weekends while someone was walking, so that is concerning.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Based on comments from my peers, they work fine. People are comfortable using the computer lab.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is used a lot here, I've never seen anyone use any hard drugs. Underaged drinking is not a huge deal if you are off campus (ruby road area). The bars are getting stricter with IDs and definitely don't drink in your dorm, not worth it.

4 College Senior

Parking: You do not really need a car on campus first year, although the walmart and target are definitely kind of far. Getting to class and grocery stores (basically everything you need in Barracks Road Shopping Center) via buses is not hard at all. Walking to class very reasonable and there are not many places to park on campus anyway and the ticketing is prevalent.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Lots of gyms, new buildings (minus physics and chemistry), and dining halls. There is always construction going on to continue upkeep. Not many on campus student hangouts though besides the library and dining hall.

5 College Senior

Facilities: My favorite thing that sets The University apart from other schools is the amazing faculty, their connections, and opportunities that arise. If you are serious about your field and get involved and get to know your professors then the opportunities are definitely there. There is also a lot of well off/ wealthy alumni willing to help.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: There are many options to have here to go out. Lots of vineyards for wine tasting during the days, bars on the corner, frat houses on rugby road, and apartment parties near 14th and the corner. There are fewer options for minorities or more diverse parties I should say but fun still.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: I have no experience with Greek Life so I can't give a rating. The above answers are merely guesses based on my judgement. None of my friends are interested in Greek life or rushing so I don't know too much, but one of my friends did attend a party at a fraternity house and she said that it was not clean, so I'm assuming some of the houses aren't in the best condition.

College Freshman

Majors: As a first year, I haven't been able to look at internships just yet, but I do plan to get one, since I want to major in the science area. I really don't have concerns about finding an internship because there is a career center at UVA, which I have visited before and the people who work there are really nice and helpful. They are really informative and approachable. I can't give a rating simply because I haven't had experience with an internship before.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I think the health and safety isn't too bad on grounds. The health center is kind of far and I've never had to go before, but my friends have went before and they all said it was pretty good. They offer flu shots in the fall/winter season which is good. For the most part, I feel pretty safe on grounds. If something even slightly suspicious happens, the school sends out an email and a text immediately, telling us the time, location, and date that the event happened. At night, the school has stations located all around grounds with a blue light so that if you are being chased, you just hit the button on each station that you pass by and that will allow the police to locate where you are. Sometimes, I do have to walk home from class around 8-9 at night and that can be a little scary since I'm crossing the stadium parking lot. It is lit, but that doesn't mean it's still not dangerous. I don't really feel scared, but sometimes it can be a little uneasy. I do carry a small flashlight and pepper spray around with me at all times. Also, people who aren't attending the school can walk around easily on grounds so that can be a little scary. The best thing to do is to always walk with someone or with a group, but if you can't, obviously, be careful.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really like living on grounds. At UVA, there are three main options for first year students: new dorms, old dorms, and gooch/dillard. I live in Gooch/Dillard which is a suite/apartment style like housing. I live with five other people and we all share one bathroom, one shower, and two sinks. Each of us gets their own room. There are two rooms downstairs and four upstairs and we also have a living room area downstairs. It's nice because when I want roommates, I can leave my door open and when I want privacy, I can shut my door and I can do homework in peace without having to go to the library since Gooch/Dillard is furthest away from central grounds. New dorms include Shannyn, Watson-Webb, Balz-Dobbie, and a few others and are located about five minutes away from the Chem building. They are hallway style and classic dorm style room with two people per room. They are really nice and clean with elevators. Old dorms are located closest to central grounds, but don't have AC while the others do. I have only been in an old dorm once, and it was okay. It didn't strike me as anything special and it looked kinda confusing to walk in. All the dorms have multiple study areas, kitchens, and lounges. Overall, the choices for first year housing isn't bad. I personally like my area because since I didn't know anyone, I had to go out and meet people, which is really good for making new friends. Also, it felt like I had my own house in a way since no one could tell me what to do with my room or complain about me doing something they didn't like such as listen to music without headphones since I could always just shut my door.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am choosing to live on grounds for my 2nd year, but a majority of my friends are living off grounds and they really didn't seem to have any trouble finding a place or a reasonable price either. There are a lot of options that are near grounds and the housing website does offer off grounds housing options.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Originally, I had applied to UVA as a sort of reach school and it wasn't my first choice. However, I am so glad I did choose UVA because I absolutely love it. Everyone is so intelligent and it really makes you work hard. The community is supportive and I have made so many new friends from all over the world. My most favorite experience from UVA so far is the traditional Lighting of the Lawn that they do every year for Christmas, where they had acapella groups sing and then we would all count down and the lights would come on and light up the lawn and Rotunda. It was amazing, especially when they had the lights dance with the beat of music playing. The whole school was there and it felt like a giant party. There's also so much to do close by the school too, such as going to the Corner, a cute street full of shops and dining choices or going shopping downtown and ices skating. For Halloween, some of the dorms do a haunted house or haunted trail type thing and those are a lot of fun to go to with friends. There's also a lot of theater productions. I go to see First Year Players put on Legally Blonde: The Musical and I really enjoyed it. Overall, you can't really go wrong with choosing to go to UVA. It's a school that you really have to work at since the classes aren't easy, but the experience is totally worth it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Personally, I think the dining isn't too bad. There are three main dining halls at UVA: Runk, O'Hill, and Newcomb. Runk is my favorite because they have a fresh deli area and they also offer different vegetarian dishes everyday. I live closest to Runk, too. Newcomb is my second favorite. It is the most convient to eat at since it's located in the middle of grounds. O'Hill is my least favorite and it's located next to the new dorms. Runk closes at 8 pm while O'Hill is open until 10 pm. There are many other options on grounds as well. At UVA, when purchasing a meal plan, some meal plans include plus dollars which can be used at other places to eat around UVA. My meal plan came with $300 plus dollars, which can be used at the cafes and convience stores located across grounds. You can also do meal swipes at UVA, where instead of going to a dining hall to eat, you can use your card to swipe into another location and get food from there without having to pay. One of the most popular places is Cross Roads, located right below O'Hill, where people do meal swipes, since it is open until 2 am. Overall, there are many dining options and many different meal plan options as well.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: I haven't really explored the computers around campus. I know that there are quite a few in the libraries. However, most students do have their own computers. You can also print at the libraries, but I've never done it so I don't know how much it costs. I haven't seen any computer labs on grounds yet. The wireless availability is average. You can get wifi in pretty much all the buildings and dorms. The network speed is fine as well. However, a lot of buildings, such as the chem building doesn't have signal so you can't receive calls/texts.


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Haley Bryant
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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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