Charlottesville, VA
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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Process Was a Bit More Complicated Than Expected – The aid I received was a fair amount, however, I did still have to apply for an extra loan outside of what UVA offered. The process required me to constantly check and make sure my forms were being processed on time, and I visited the financial aid office more times than I would have desired. I recommend visiting your financial aid officer regularly to make sure everything is in order and you're getting as much aid as you can.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Great Professors and Opportunities – biology offers a lot of great labs to be a part of and to do research in which looks good no matter what you do after undergrad. The professors are all pretty approachable and want you to do well so they are willing to meet with you and help you succeed.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I Love Biology – I am very much enjoying my major. Classes are difficult and competitive, since many of us are headed for medical school, but the professors are extremely knowledgeable and most are happy to meet with you outside of class. They want you to do well. It is also pretty easy to get involved in a lab if you go out and try to do so. I plan to apply to medical school a year after graduating from UVA, and I know the classes I've taken, clubs I am apart of , basically my entire UVA experience will help me with the process. There are also programs on grounds focused on helping you prepare for medical school applications, from mock interviews to resume reviews, with I definitely plan to take advantage of as I get closer to the process.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: A Lot of Competition for Medical Interships – I plan to apply for a medical internship this next year now that I have had time to get settled into school, but there is a lot of competition for the spots, and the winners are pretty arbitrarily selected, meaning that you may not get this opportunity although it is extremely important for getting into medical schools. Madison House is the program through which people get to work in the hospital and the participants are selected in a raffle, that does not take into account how many times you have entered or your qualifications. There are about 50 spots and over 500 people who apply.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Pretty Straightforward – Entering my biology major was pretty easy. All of the papers you need to fill out are posted online, along with checklists for requirements and so on. The people in the biology department are also very informative and willing to help. Once you've declared you get an adviser in your major which helps a lot with class planning and selection.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Places to Eat – There are so many places to eat around UVA. Just of the Corner, you can find everything from American to Mediterranean to Asian. There's literally so many places to eat, ranging from exceptionally cheap to fairly upscale. And if you go to the Downtown mall, there's even more places to eat. Some of my personal favorites include Bodo's, Mellow Mushroom, and the Virginian on the Corner and Eppies and Sweet Frog on the Downtown mall. With all the choices, you can always find a new and interesting place to eat.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Absolutely Amazing – UVA is an amazing place. Everyone is very inviting and accepting of other people, there's always tons of stuff to do (from parties to organizations to performances), and the campus is just gorgeous! I've found UVA to be even more of a hometown than my actual one, it's definitely an amazing school.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great for First Years, Not for Upperclassmen – All first years are required to live on grounds, but on grounds housing for first years is pretty nice. There are hall style dorms and suite style ones, mostly doubles and a few singles (with the occasional triple), and new dorms being built as we speak.

For upperclassmen, however, on-grounds housing may not be the best. Both Lambeth and Bice are great places to live. Their close to central grounds and social, yet they still allow for plenty of independence, since they're set up apartment style. Copley and Faulkner, while nice, are very far away from grounds, and their high prices could be better spent on an off campus apartment. Hereford, while priced decently, is quite anti-social and far away as well. But as long as you're placed in Lambeth or Bice, on-grounds housing is pretty nice for upperclassmen.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilites Are Nice – With a new gym (the AFC or aquatic fitness center), new first year dorms (Balz-Dobbie and Watson-Webb, plus the three more that are currently being built), and the constant restorations that are being made--on the Rotunda, classrooms, Newcomb hall--the facilities are UVA are quite nice. There's plenty of places to get a good workout in and the sports facilities are new and state-of-the-art. UVA definitely has pretty great buildings.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Mostly Safe – I always feel safe when I'm on grounds, but sometimes areas right off grounds can feel a little unsafe, especially in the 14th street area. But as long as you don't walk alone after dark (especially between 1am-5am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights) then you'll probably feel safe most of the time.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My Favorite Place on Earth – UVA has got it all- top-notch academics, plenty of history, beautiful grounds and buildings, a wonderful local atmosphere, a great social scene, and some of the best people you will ever meet.

UVA is one of the top public schools in the nation, and its academics reflect that. Classes aren't easy like in high school and you are forced to work for the grade. There is a very strong "work hard, play hard" attitude present here. Some might even say there is a "work hard, play harder" attitude. During the week a lot of time can be spent on work and at the library, but students compensate by having a great time Thursday night-Saturday.

As Thomas Jefferson founded UVA, there is so much history incorporated into the school. In fact, UVA is the only American college designated as a UN World Heritage Site. The grounds (which is what we call campus) are stunning, especially the Rotunda and Lawn area.

You will always be able to find a ton of fun events going on around grounds, as well as plenty of fun to be had on the weekend. There are acapella shows (UVA has got a bunch of spectacular groups), plays, cultural events and so much more. There are many great parties on the weekends whether it be at frats, different student groups, house parties, or bars. If you don't drink don't worry, there are students that don't and they love the school just as much. Charlottesville as a town has a great atmosphere. A popular place to go is the Downtown Mall which can be easily reached by the free trolley.

The student body tends to be well-rounded, involved, and social. I've met so many interesting people here and made some of the greatest friends. For the most part my closest friends have come from my dorm and the clubs that I joined. I LOVE this school and wouldn't want to go anywhere else. Also, you are lucky to qualify for in-state tuition then you are going to end up getting a great deal on your education.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The athletic facilities at UVA are top-notch, especially the AFC (Aquatic Fitness Center). The AFC is very close to first year housing. At the AFC there is an Olympic-sized swimming pool (how could there not be the number of National Swimming Championships we've won in recent years) as well as the largest hot tub on the East Coast. There is also a sauna, basketball court, indoor track, group exercise rooms, and plenty of workout machines and weights. It can get crowded during peak times but there will always be machines available. Another option is the Slaughter Rec Center which is smaller and less crowded.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: UVA is excellent at all the sports no one really watches like lacrosse, soccer, and baseball even though all three have had a rough year this year after having great seasons the last few years. Football and Basketball had good years this year and are getting better. It is always exciting to be a UVA fan, but not always the most fun at the end of the day

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Bars and Frats – Frat parties are fun, but they become less relevant as you become older, unless you're in a frat. Bars are always a good option, and there is always pregames and parties organized by different groups or individuals. You just have to know the right people and make a lot of friends

4 College Freshman

Transportation: UTS Is Good – The University does its best to provide transportation for students. the university bus system is very convenient and students can use the charlottesville transit buses by showing their student ID's so that helps too. Buses are crucial first year since no one is supposed to have a car, but they are still useful afterward because you don't want to have to drive everywhere

4 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are Good – The buses are fine, but taxis and other forms of transportation are expensive or inconvenient. The free trolley is a great way to travel to the downtown area.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Select Success – UVA has great school spirit, but its sports teams have varied success. The lower profile sports do extremely well, but high profile sports do not.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You Are an Adult – At UVA, you make your own decisions. If you want to party until the break of dawn, that's your choice, but don't expect sympathy if you failed to take care of your responsibilities first. The staff isn't there to be your parent and it will not baby you. It takes care of its duties and allows students to take care of themselves for everything else. It fosters a lot of maturity on the part of the student, which is perfect for a school such as UVA, where you need to learn time management to get good grades.
Campus police isn't too strict about drinking as long as you aren't doing it in front of their face and their prime concern is your safety, if anything is to happen, not snitching. With that said, drugs aren't tolerated as much, but they are illegal to all people, all the time.
UVA encourages you to be an adult, and allows you to suffer the consequences of all of your actions, good and bad, so you will find yourself treated with a lot of respect and given autonomy here.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Excellent – University buses all run on a 10 minute schedule during most of the day during the week. All on-grounds housing has a bus stop, and the furthest place takes about 20 minutes to get on-grounds. The school has a deal with the public transportation so that students can ride their buses for free too. Most are helpful and cordial as well.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Great for Me, but Not for Others – I haven't had any problems with UVa's financial aid, however I have only just completed my first year, and many of my upperclassmen friends have. Typically, the problems are easy to resolve if you actually go to the financial aid office, but it is quite a ways away, which is tedious, especially when the problems are things that are their fault. I will say that they are generous with the amount of money that they give, and many of my friends did get some sort of aid. My advice to future students is to just stay on top of them so that nothing major pops up.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Help a LOT – I love the buses, they always come at convenient times and help me whether I need to get to the grocery store or back to my dorm after partying.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: You Get It All! You get all four seasons in Charlottesville! It starts EXTREMELY hot (high 90's) in August, snow in January/ early February, mid-high 70's toward Finals time. I LOVED it!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – Drinking is very very popular at UVa, but the great thing about UVa is that everything is willing to help each other out when problems occur, set-up buddy systems (Drunk Drivers/Walkers) and heavily educate about RESPONSIBLE alcohol use.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of financial aid, but I wish they could offer more scholarships. Being an RA plus with my financial aid definately helps, but the University could do more. Also, apply for financial aid EARLY, never wait till the last minute, because your could get less aid.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It Is Strict but Fair – The University of Virginbia has a strict single sanction hemonor system. If a student is caught lying, cheating, or stealing they are referred to the Honor Council. If the Honor Council decides that you are guilty of the crime and intended to do the crime then you are permanently expelled from the University. However, this is a completely student run system and you receive helpf rom a perr advisor if you have a case put before the Council. Expellations are rare because people are so strongly encouraged not to engage in these dishonorable activities.


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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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