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Charlottesville, VA
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14,928
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$38,228 ($12,216)
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Reviews 1616 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food at the dining halls is okay, but nothing special. You are required to hold a meal plan your first year, but a lot of people cut that cord in their second year, especially those who move off-Grounds to apartments.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The UVA buses usually run on time, and students get to use Charlottesville public transportation for free by showing their ID's. SafeRide is a late-night pickup service that can bring you back to your dorm/apartment. The transportation has been a little spotty lately due to all the construction around Central Grounds and the related bus route changes, but on the whole, it's pretty good.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather around Charlottesville is usually beautiful. There are many days when you see people sitting on the lawn or running around campus. Winters don't seem to be too bad either. Unfortunately it does rain occasionally (practically monsoons it feels like) but that tends to clear up quickly.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Humid, quite rainy, but comparatively warm. Still wearing shorts in October

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Not disgusting, but definitely not good. Repetitive is mostly the problem. Runk is the best but not close by unless you're in Alderman dorms. But there are plenty of good mealswipe option if you choose the right time, for example at the Pav where you can get chick-fil-a or quesedillas, or at crossroads where you can get subs, pasta, or pizza

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Overall the weather is not that bad. The rain is sometimes very heavy and there are drainage issues. As long as you have a good pair of rain boots, umbrella and rain jacket you will be fine.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my major, it has given me a great background in the medical field and has presented many opportunities that otherwise would not have been there.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received no financial aid, however, the financial aid office was extremely helpful whenever I had questions about applying scholarships I received.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into kinesiology was not too bad of a process. I had to write several short essays and supply my high school transcripts and SAT scores, as well as a career plan. I know that after my year, it was the hardest program to get into at UVA applying directly from high school (11% of applicants were accepted).

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Charlottesville is regularly voted one of the top cities in the country, and for good reason. It's a small city, with a historic downtown mall, beautiful mountain views all around, stunning architecture at UVA, and awesome food and festivals.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: If you're looking for location, the best dorms are the old mccormick dorms. Kellogg, Ballz/Dobie, and Watson/Webb are considered the nicest dorms, though they are a little further away from the center of campus. Most upperclassman live off-grounds, typically a 10-15 minute walk to class, although busses frequent pretty much all off-grounds housing locations. Apartments and houses range from $300/mnth to $800/mnth.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Diverse student body, but often self-segregated. However, there are plenty of forums, clubs, and events that encourage diverse members (ethnically, politically, and religiously). I would say the University is doing very well in regards to accepting diverse sexual orientations. They faced those challenges early and this is very much a non-issue now.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are multiple dining halls, and each one offers options. The food is by no means gourmet or anything incredible, but there are certainly good days. And, for those not so good ones, there are always the cereal bar, make-your-own sandwich bar, and salad bar. In other words, there should always be some sort of option that will appeal to you. I personally prefer O-Hill dining hall, because I think it seems the nicest. I also happen to really enjoy their brunch -- definitely check that out. Watch out for the syrup though...it's hot.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: As UVa continues to update their dorms, the conditions are getting better. However, the construction right now around the new dorms is very frustrating. Once it's complete, these dorms will be very nice, though. I still recommend trying to live in "old dorms" simply based off of location and out of a sense of tradition, but the newly renovated "new dorms" will be nice, as well. Just try to stay away from Hereford unless you're REALLY into privacy...and walking.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Good balance between understanding that students are in college and thus bound to do some stupid things, and understanding that there is great value in upholding certain safety and honorary standards.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on grounds. Whenever something does happen we usually get an email. I think its all about safety and numbers especially as a female. Don't go off by yourself or drink to much where you aren't aware of your surrounding and able to protect yourself

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life here is mainly social. There are sorority and frat houses to live in, I am a girl and know that most girls live in the house their third year. They also have caterers and chefs for dinner and lunch. Not being greek here really doesn't matter too much, its not like you won't fit in or anything

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife includes bars on the corner if you are 21 and up or have a fake ID. Nightlife other than that includes parties on campus (that cost and are sort of a hit or miss), and frat house parties one rugby if you aren't quite 21

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The fall is beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous here. And winters aren't too cold. The spring is nice as well. But honestly we live for falls at UVA

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On grounds you're really safe. And for the most part off grounds in the general UVA living area. But it is a city and there are some crime-prone areas.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Charlottesville rocks food-wise. There's so many great places on the corner and downtown, which is only a 5 minute drive/20 minute walk away.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Old dorms rock and are so close to everything, but no a/c for your first year in most cases. Second year dorms are much further away, but do have a/c.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: They are competitive to get what you want, but UVA is top rank in basically everything they offer, you will learn a ton and you will get a great high paying job

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: they are building BRAND NEW dorms that look like you are staying in a 5 star hotel! huge TV's, pool halls, video games, computers, study rooms, etc

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: So many people from so many different places in the world, i have become very cultured. UVA has makes it a priority to recruit a very diverse student body.

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Haley Bryant
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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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