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

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in architecture and like it a lot though it is rather intense.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking, at least, is pretty visible. I don't think there is a lot of peer pressure.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather can be great, but it seems to rain a lot.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities at UVA are beautiful, from the Academical Village (often called the Lawn) to newer buildings like Nau and the AFC. There are a lot of different types of people at UVA, so it is a great opportunity to meet new and different people. There is a large alumni network and they love UVA graduates and undergraduates. The professors are pretty approachable but classes are usually on the larger side.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at UVA exists but it's behind closed doors. If you are looking for drugs, you will probably find them, but it's pretty easy to stay away if that's not your thing. Drinking is a more popular pass-time.

4 College Junior

Majors: Some majors are really easy to get into, but other have an application process and are extremely competitive. In the College of Arts and Sciences, one of the most popular majors is business and to do this, students must apply to McIntire School of Commerce. Getting in is really competitive. Getting into majors in the Engineering school can be tough too. That's also decided through an application process. Most other majors just require you to get higher than a particular grade or GPA in the subject.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is not bad, but it isn't particularly good either. There are 3 main dining halls, OHill, Newcomb, and Runk. Runk has decent food but it's really far away from main grounds. Newcomb just got renovated and the food there is the best on grounds, but it can get really crowded in between classes at lunch time. OHill is just average, it's where most of the first years eat because it is so close to dorms. Most people buy smaller meal plans after their first year.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a large part of the social scene at UVa. Frats have all of the parties besides going to bars. It can be nearly impossible to get into the parties for guys unless you are a brother or good friends with them. Because UVa is a larger school, sororities and fraternities are easy places to meet people.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe at UVa. Just don't be stupid. If it's late at night and you have a bit of a walk ahead of you it is better to take the bus or saferide. When it comes to dorms, I have never heard of people getting things stolen. I leave my stuff in the library unattended all the time, and when I come back later, no one has touched it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are 3 different dining halls, so there is a decent variety. Newcomb was recently renovated, so it's really nice now. OHill is pretty average; you can always find something you wouldn't mind eating. Every now and then the dining halls serve something great. Look for the long lines - they usually indicate good food.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Don't do something stupid, and you won't get in trouble. I've heard they don't crack down too much and intervene only when safety is involved.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of great restaurant options in the area. The corner is easy to get to and has some good, cheap food. You can also take the bus to the downtown mall, which has great restaurants. If you get a student alumni association membership, you can get some good discounts.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Charlottesville has beautiful weather, especially in the spring and fall. My walk to class was nice more often than not.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There are many competitive majors here. The major areas are extremely focused and specific with great professors and research opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school is very spirited which I love. The facilities are amazing and the teams are decent. Mostly it is just a lot of fun to attend any sporting event or be a part of it.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had to send in the same document multiple times. Also, for the amount of effort I put in, I did not receive the amount I was expecting. I do not have enough aid or the money to pay for the rest. I suggest to anyone in the same position to apply to as many renewable scholarships as possible, and contact financial aid with any questions or concerns you have. Also, college planning network is a great resource but it is not free.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: While every college claims to have a holistic view on your application, UVA is a state school and at the end of the day they get thousands of applications and need something to turn down most of them, GPA. GPA was obviously a huge mark for admissions as well as SAT scores, get those straight, stick to two-three extracurriculars and better be founder or president, and have a mediocre-i-know-my-grammer essay. You'll get in.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Always parties and something to do. Greek life is pretty big as well.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not bad, but certainly existent. The extremely small minority will do some drugs, but hey, isn't that the real world?

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small town with lots to do! Not being in a city has its ups; crime rate is typically lower (but certainty not nonexistent), not too busy. However, Charlottesville Downtown alone has tons of great restaurants and The Corner is a wonderful hang out spot.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety is great. Student health isn't the greatest

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: student self-governance is the cornerstone of uva and serves the students well

3 College Junior

Transportation: The bus system and free and quite convenient, but the major problem with it is that there are not enough employees. Therefore, the busses do not arrive on time to every stop because of the lack of drivers.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All first years live in dorms. Most dorms are pretty nice, brand new ones are being built right as you read this. Off campus housing is usually cheaper and available after your first year.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Kinesiology major is great. You take a variety of classes related to Sports Medicine and Exercise Science.


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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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