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

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: At UVA, mostly you see a lot of Caucasions, many Asians, and a few African Americans and Latinos. There are a lot of clubs for different ethnicities; however, anyone can join. For example, there is a club for Vietnamese people, but other ethnicities can join as well. I feel like the economic background is very diverse. I've met quite a few out of state students. Religion is also diverse as well.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Since I am only one semester in college and about to start my second, I haven't really decided on a major just yet. At UVA, there is a career center that is extremely helpful. If you're pre-med, you can meet up with an advisor to plan a course track. You can also learn how to make a resume, along with getting help applying for internships and jobs.

5 College Freshman

Academics: It feels like there is an infinite number of classes to take at UVA. During my first semester, I took basic classes to fulfill certain requirements, and one of my favorite classes was an introductory course on the human body and disease. The professors are really helpful if you are looking for help; however, you need to take the initiative and ask for help. They are very supportive. For second semester, I am extremely excited to take a class on Greek Mythology since I love greek myth. The workload isn't too bad as of now. I've had to do numerous lab reports for chem, along with writing some papers for biology. There is a fair amount of reading to do for many classes. UVA also offers study abroad and a January term as well. I remember registering to apply for UVA wasn't too bad since they accepted the common application. Overall, I absolutely love my experience so far at UVA.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: UVa is known for its many traditions which are a big part of student life. Some traditions include secret societies, living on the Lawn, and streaking the Lawn.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The convenience of the social scene at UVa sets it apart from some others. Social events tend to happen at fraternities, bars, or apartments/houses which are all closely located and in walking distance of each other.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are some incidents of crime but I still feel safe

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The cost is the only deterrent (price of living in Charlottesville is high on its own), but other than that living off-campus is great. It is more convenient than some on-campus choices, offers parking (which is very limited in Charlottesville), and is a good social scene.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's diversity in ethnicity, religion and political beliefs but not much when it comes to social status/economic background.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is so much to do in Charlottesville that most people don't even realize until after they enroll in school, so then it becomes a bonus. There are nearby mountains to go hiking on, apple orchards, vineyards, breweries, and plenty of restaurants and local eateries to explore.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Sometimes I think I wish I would've applied to other schools like Stanford or MIT or I wish I would've gotten into Harvard, but then I remember what I love about UVa: it has tradition, real student involvement and it is a school where learning thrives. Mr. Jefferson believed in the endless pursuit of knowledge, and I love being at a University where people embrace that but are also about more than just academics. Learning happens outside of books, and students at UVa understand that.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It snows, but doesn't get too cold. You are able to actually see the changing seasons in Charlottesville which, along with the beauty of the campus, makes it a great experience.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I have my own computer that I take everywhere with me so I've never needed to use a lab or an outside printer. But at the libraries there are quite a few computer labs and stations for people to use.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a lot of frats on grounds at UVA which means that there are plenty of different groups to rush and see who you get along with so that you can find a good group of people to hang out with and become brothers with.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The enforcement of the law and rules is very good at UVA, but the ability to obtain alcohol and drugs is also easy

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food isn't terrible but it's by no means great. I've had better food at some schools and worse at some, so it's alright.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got plenty of financial aid from UVA. The key is to submit your FAFSA as soon as possible before the priority deadline so that you can receive the aid packages that are generally first come first serve. The scholarships are quite competitive and you are most likely not going to get them if you do not come from a prestigious family line or are not extremely academically successful.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If people every do drugs, then they are doing a great job of concealing it from the public eye since I cannot find a trace of such substances outside of dorm rooms. If we are talking about alcohol however, then that is a different story. People here drink. a lot. They welcome people who do not drink with open arms as long as they are down to have a good time and not disrupt the mood.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are straight forward policies that give leniency compared to what you would find within other institutions. The Honor Code is not to be trifled with since it is the ultimate power within UVA. Any account of academic cheating as well as social crimes could result in immediate expulsion from the university. That being said, strictness varies dramatically from RA to RA if you are living on-grounds. More freedom comes with living off-grounds.

5 College Freshman

Academics: UVA has been dubbed the Public-Ivy for its academic rigor and prestige. Personally, I am a perspective Urban Planning major within the School of Architecture. The coursework is definitely a change from high school and is actually more challenging than any other University within Virginia. The payoff and opportunities that results of engaging work as well as an open mind consists of better job opportunities for the students.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Most students coming in choose to be either Pre-med, Pre-com, or are already in the nursing school thus capitalizing on UVA's nationally ranked programs. Besides these prestigious programs, there is also a wide array of other majors to pursue in the three different schools that are present (Architecture, College, and Engineering). The professors are top notch and will guide you through the material as well as engage you in the topic if you are willing to apply yourself.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: People here are crazy about their sports. Our dominant sports are soccer, track and field, basketball, as well as lacrosse. Football can use a little work. We have programs that reward students for their attendance by giving them better seats to future sporting events. Tickets are almost always available if reserved at least a week prior to the event. If anything, students will most likely find extra tickets last minute from those who decided to not go for free!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty much a first-come-first-serve basis, the off-campus housing varies drastically in terms of price and what you can get for the amount of money that you pay. Everyone who wants off-campus housing is probably doing it mostly for the freedom and yes that is great and all but the price that students pay does not include utilities. There is a definite trade-off here.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wherever you go, there's bound to be a computer nearby with available printing stations. That is a guarantee.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Like I said before, Charlottesville has a greater amount of restaurants per capita than New York City! If that does not win you over than maybe our wineries, farmer's markets, and chocolates will. That's right, we have chefs that make exclusively handcrafted chocolate delights just for you! The ethnic cuisines here are some of the best.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Taking a tour down Rugby Road is no laughing matter and coming back for several tours means that you are ready to adopt the Greek life. Its a big time commitment that might mess up your spring semester but the connections that you would make along with the social opportunities that comes along with being in a frat is rewarding. Its there if you want it, but there is so much else that the University has to offer that you do not have to jump at the opportunity to pledge.

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Haley Bryant
London, UK
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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