Charlottesville, VA
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$38,228 ($12,216)
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Reviews 1620 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are awesome, and you have every single resource you can imagine. USE THEM and study hard.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The water bottle filling stations are pretty spiffy – Save the planet <3

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: After the buses stop running around 12:30, you can get free rides from Safe Ride if you're stranded somewhere and don't want to walk home in the dark.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: UTS, the school bus system will take you everywhere on campus. Charlottesville buses also stop around campus, and students get free rides around Charlottesville if you show the driver your Student ID. But beware of drunk hobos on the city buses - they're mostly nice but slightly smelly and unpredictable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: GOOD BUT DONT EAT THE PASTA AT RUNK – Ohill food isn't that great. I love Runk, except for their pasta... it tastes like... nothing; it's 100% tasteless

1 College Freshman


4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: He-Said She-Said, but Not Me – I have never felt unsafe, I lock my doors, but the few times that i have left my stuff around it was not stolen. There are robberies and muggings in the town around grounds. i have heard of bikes getting stolen. Biking also seems to be pretty dangerous

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Predominantly white, but a good mix of other races.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I Wouldn't Choose It Again, but Most People Would – I had a tough time when I first started at UVA because the social scene was mostly frat parties and drinking, neither of which I enjoyed. I'm not a prude or anything, but dancing to crappy music while smushed up against a room full of 40 drunk strangers is not my idea of a good night. It took some time for me to adjust and to find other ways to have fun. I don't think it's a very diverse student body and socioeconomic status is more important at UVA than it should be.

However, I got a fantastic education and I did end up finding my own social path after a rough start. Charlottesville is a good little college town - artsy and cultural, and with enough places to party if that's your thing. Food off-Grounds is fantastic if you're willing to spend a little money, and pretty good anyway if you're a bit cheap.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking on Grounds is difficult. It's much easier to walk to class, because of the extremely limited number of spaces that aren't permit-only or restricted in some other way. First-years aren't allowed to have cars on Grounds. Thankfully, driving isn't really that necessary since the area is pretty walkable and there are buses anyway.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Depends on the Sport – Some sports, like football and basketball, get a ton of support and spirit from students. Other sports are virtually unknown. The athletes get treated pretty well. Football games are big social events on Grounds, and many people go to have fun with friends and drink, rather than to cheer on the team.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Kind of a Big Deal – Can be overbearing for students who aren't into the scene (like myself), but the Greek Life here is strong.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Joggers Everywhere – Charlottesville is a small city with an actual downtown. It's not just strip malls and suburbia. Many people live an active lifestyle with leagues for every sport. It's easy to get out with Shenandoah nearby as well. There's lots of great cheap places to eat. Charlottesville has a great music scene and a quite a few independent art studios.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several good quality off campus dining options. We have fast food, delivery places, buffets, and nice places to sit down and eat.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Night life includes parties and people going to bars. The parties are the best though -- whether at frats or just house parties.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Unique Things – Honour code, STS (Science Technology and Society), Beauty of campus

5 College Freshman

Transportation: superb. the buses arrived every 10 minutes or less

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at any D1 school is often exciting and very much so competitive. UVa is no different. The students are very involved and school spirit thrives here at Thomas Jefferson's University. The athletic facilities are top notch as well.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Most students purchase their own personal laptops outside of UVa, although there is an option to purchase personal computers directly from the school. The libraries are also equipped with public computers open to all students. Printing, however, is not free in the various libraries around grounds. The cavalier network reliability and speed is generally good, but given the number of students it can be slow at times.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is generally laid back. You'll often see students running, playing outside, grabbing a bite to eat, and trying to take their minds off of studying. Charlottesville caters mostly to UVa's students, which renders the atmosphere rather dependent on student life, attitudes, and activities.

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3 College Senior

Majors: What's It Like? The program is extremely challenging and competitive. It is also very time consuming not leaving room for much free time at all. However, I feel like I'm used to it, and I pretty much like doing it. It is really stressful, but when I'm away for summer break I miss it a lot. I guess I enjoy being stressed. All nighters galore!!

3 College Senior

Academics: Computer Engineering one of the hardest engineering major at UVa. The workload, especially in the required computer science classes are ridiculous, and not much help is given. Although some help is given, TA's feel that there is a boundary to how much they can help, and it really isn't much to learn from. The teachers assume that students have had previous computer science experience in high school (I definitely have not though). The teaching style is more like students should learn on their own.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There are a couple of attractions such as the huge outside mall just a few blocks off of campus. There is also the shopping center called "The Corner" where students love to hang out after class. Sometimes parties and other events take place in that general area.

4 College Freshman

Academics: English Lit – A wonderful course where the teacher sits down and breaks down a 16th century English

4 College Senior

Facilities: Great Environment – The UVa campus is beautiful. The Rotunda looks especially stunning in the springtime.


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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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