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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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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Lets be honest, UVA isn't the most ethnically diverse University but it is slowly getting there. Events such as Spring Fling really do a good job of trying to promote diversity in the University.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The University of Virginia is the best. The professors are great and the academics are amongst the top rated in the nation.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is TONS of off-grounds housing. From apartments, to townhouses, to rented out houses, to anything else you could live in. It does not take long at all to find a place, the reason it took me so long was that there were so many places to look at. Student rents are pretty cheap, some are like $300 a month. But it all depends on where in Charlottesville, the closer you get to downtown the pricier like into the 800's, but there are so many other places to live besides downtown. Everything is pretty close to the university, like either a bus can take you, or at the very most it can be 15-20 walk.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is pretty strict, mainly due to the honor code. Any violation of the honor code can get you kicked out of school. The only thing that the campus police sometimes are lenient with is drinking. Yeah, it's dumb to drink in public, but as long as you're not causing a disturbance, the police sometimes will turn a blind eye to it. Anything else (like drugs) are a different story, extremely strict with drugs. And this is the campus police, if you venture off an inch of grounds and get caught by Charlottesville police.... that's also a different story.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The recession has definitely hit the financial aid at UVA. It's decent for some but not for others. Nevertheless, the school does give generous amounts of Access Uva (scholarship money) to a lot of students. It mainly depends on where you fall on the economic class scale. The financial aid tends to be better for in-state students. And if you're an out-of-state student wanting to use Veteran Benefits, don't. Veteran Benefits work best for in-state students, but if you're out-of-state, it's probably a 85-90% chance that the Access Uva money will be better than Veteran Benefits. (Also you can't use both.)

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Besides exam weeks (where everything will be crowded), computers are pretty available at UVA. I believe this is due to the fact that most of the students have their own laptops and the Wifi is very easy to connect to. You'll get wifi pretty much everywhere on grounds. The printing prices are reasonable too. The computers are very safe as well, you get into the computer with your own personal username and password so if you're working on a paper you don't have to worry about someone else messing with it. The only problem is that if a lot of people are on the internet in crowded places (like the library). you can occasionally be kicked off the internet for a few minutes.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Charlottesville gives a homey, small community sense with it's traditional houses, and beautiful nature, and friendly inhabitants. But it is also filled with multiple activities for college students and the civilians. It's a great town for those that love the outdoors,cultural events, and sports. And if you love food, Charlottesville is the place to be. Some of most popular attractions are walking trails, visiting Monticello, rock climbing, and apple picking.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For first years, old dorms are wonderful. I don't know about new dorms, but the proximity to classes from old dorms is wonderful. Hall style is a great way to get to know a lot of people early.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The police are not very strict, in that safety is their first concern. They just want students to be taken care of and kept healthy. If things do get too out of hand, however, they will take action.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at UVa are fantastic. I've met some of my best friends, and most everyone here is smart, ambitious, and well-rounded. It's easy to find your niche in such a trusting and diverse community.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Computers on Grounds are generally pretty sparse, located in the libraries, but if you need one you're almost guaranteed that there's a free one waiting for you. It works out though, because I don't know anyone who doesn't own a laptop for personal use, and the WiFi is available nearly everywhere.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Applied for financial aid through FAFSA and UVA, but have not been contacted by the school yet to let me know where I am at in the process.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: If you don't do anything stupid, then you'll be fine.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system at UVA runs pretty late into the night and comes at convenient 15-minute intervals. Also, Safe Ride makes transportation late at night feasible.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: For students under 21, the only real options for parties are frat/sorority parties. Many of them usually have a guest list or only admit certain people. A lot of them tend to even exclude minorities.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are a good amount of options available to select from, but many of them serve the same foods every week. The choices definitely get boring after a while. Some of the foods are fake and don't taste the best, either.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Buses go pretty much everywhere you need to go for class and generally come often enough that it's not a hassle. The website and smartphone app for the buses is pretty slick as well. Sometimes the buses are too crowded for anyone else to get on.

Grocery shopping and other important errands are a real pain in the backside if you don't own a car or have access to a friend's car. The big shopping center is not really within walking distance, but you can take the Northline bus if you so choose.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It is pretty safe here. We have a lot of University security who are interested in your safety first, arresting you second. I have never had a problem with safety and I often leave my doors unlocked, windows open, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's fairly temperate here. Snow is not very prominent, but when it rains, there are certain parts of grounds that flood quite a lot. It's usually fairly warm and sunny.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a big greek life scene here, and it can be hard to find a niche to fit into in you're not greek. But there are still lots of opportunities to get involved and make friends, especially through clubs and teams here.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There are diverse people, but we tend to self-segragate. People gravitate towards familiarity when they first get to college so they are more comfortable. Because the beginning is when most friendships are formed, people tend to stay in their own cultural groups.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I got what I needed but they can have a lot f students to go through and files can go missing just back everything up.

3 College Senior

Weather: The weather is kind of crazy but I like it. It can be pretty much all of the seasons in one week but once everything mellows out the weather is great especially during Spring and Summer. The flowers smell amazing but the pollen in the air can be pretty bad.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is extremely prevalent (and at times overwhelming) at UVa. They pretty much dominant the party scene but also do lots of philanthropic events. A lot of first years think they need to join a fraternity or sorority in order to fit in, but that's not true. There's other means of social connections but the Greek Life is definitely socially prevalent

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There's been a few reports of kidnappings and unwanted sexual advances, there's a lot of non-UVa students around campus because it's so close to Charlottesville. Overall, UVa does a pretty good job trying to compensate (SafeRide, lots of emergency blue light phones, etc) but it's not the most secure campus in the world. Just be careful and you should be fine

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Haley Bryant
Hometown
London, UK
Major
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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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