Charlottesville, VA
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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.

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: 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

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

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!


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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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