Location
Charlottesville, VA
Undergrads
14,928
Tuition (in-state)
$38,228 ($12,216)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1616 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's so much to do around Charlottesville, in fact, it was even named the number one college town!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many people support the sports of the University therefore the atmosphere is insane during popular sports seasons (football, basketball).

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life adds to the social atmosphere if you want it to; otherwise, it can easily be ignored.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Overall the campus strictness allows for better happiness on grounds.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is pretty average with one of the only issues being that some of the buildings are a little far away from academic buildings. It can be a bit of a walk in the mornings.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere surrounding the campus is amazing. There is a lot of pride in the University from the local community so most people are really kind to anyone sporting school logos.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a great number of extremely diversified students on campus. Most of the time the level of acceptance is quite high in relation to everyone's political, ethnic or social backgrounds.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The options are all varied and generally really great.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Wonderful area. Lots of things to do.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nice housing. Plenty of bus routes.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: LOVE all the restaurants in Charlottesville! There is a huge variety and the corner has a bunch of places and is right next to grounds. My favorites are Basil and Mellow Mushroom :)

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most classes are challenging and interesting, and I did not find the workload to be as bad as I was expecting. It's definitely harder for engineering and pre-med, but liberal arts/humanities classes are okay - just a lot of reading.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Registering for classes can be rough depending on what sign-up time you get. You can tell that the professors are really smart and it seems like a lot of them have written the textbooks for their class. Most people really care about their grades and spend a good amount of time in the library!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: All first years live on-grounds, second-years seem to be split (about half stay on-grounds while the other half move off), and almost all third and fouth years live off-grounds. If people in greek life decide to live in their chapter's house they will typically do that third year.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food isn't great but it isn't bad either. The food might be repetitive but you'll almost always be able to find something you like. There are three dining halls and several other more fun places to get food, like the Pav (chick-fil-a!), where you can use meal exchanges or plus dollars. As a first year it's really nice having the unlimited meal plan!

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe as long as I am on grounds, but I'm careful on the corner (where some restaurants and bars are) at night.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The most-watched varsity sports are football and basketball, but UVA is great at just about every sport besides football. School spirit is amazing, it seems like we sing the good old song constantly!

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College Sophomore

Scholarships: I'm in-state so I didn't apply for financial aid!

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frat parties are prevalent and you will see a lot people wearing greek letters on your way to class. Greek life is noticible, but you will not in any way suffer socially if you decide not to rush.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I personally think UVA is pretty diverse, or at least more so than most other colleges. However, there are students who will say the opposite. I do think there is a tendency to self-segregate based on race/religion, but I think overall the student body is representative of many cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not too strict but you don't feel unsafe! The strictest thing is the honor code but that's a good thing because it means you can leave your backpack somewhere for hours and no one will steal it :)

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't decided on a major, but I feel confident that with a degree from UVA and with the vast alumni network I will be able to find a good job!

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College Sophomore

Majors: it seems like a lot of students get internships over the summer after either their second or third year, so I am not concerned with getting one when the time comes!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most students dress pretty well and there is a significant amount of preppy dressers. But you will see a lot of people in leggings and sweatshirts too! Most people like going out but there's plenty of people who don't and aren't judged for it, and it seems to me like there's a healthy mix of hook-ups and relationships.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My favorite parts about UVA are the beautiful grounds/architecture, the many traditions, the friendly + interesting people, and the vibrant social scene/variety of activities to do on grounds and in Charlottesville. Some of the few downsides are the construction and the competitiveness of certain majors/extracurriculars.

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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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