Charlottesville, VA
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$38,228 ($12,216)
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Reviews 1628 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: UVa classes are not easy A's. None of them are. The students seek challenges in the academic world, and the professors rise to the occasion. Grades are not discussed, except in generic terms relative to personal standards such as : "I did better than I expected on the test." You never hear "I made a 98 on the test." If you aren't ready to be challenged, don't come here. But the challenge is worth it!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UVa students have full reign over Charlottesville. There are families around the university, but it is a COLLEGE TOWN. UVa students are extremely unified in the idea that they are a part of the UVa student body. Most students who go to UVa are proud they are there, work hard during the week, and know how to have fun on the weekend. IT IS A GREAT COLLEGE ATMOSPHERE.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It is difficult to get aid. I don't qualify for too many scholarships

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't Have a Car – Never had a problem with parking, however I don't have a car; which isn't really needed if you live on grounds

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Place, Not So Great People – Beautiful campus, great academics, and I am very satisfied with my program of study. However, the lack of diversity has greatly affected me. Greek life is a big deal at UVA, and people tend to look and act the same.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: To get the most out of UVA, you have to make an honest effort (even more so than other schools). Because most of the 14,000 students are motivated and at least moderately smart, there are high levels of competition for clubs, teams, positions, majors and almost everything. So make sure you take tryouts or application processes seriously. This level of intense competition is especially true for the Commerce School as most of my friends who are "pre-Comm" complain classmates that won't help them with homework or projects. Also there's a lot of ethnic/racial/socio-economic self-segregation so if you want to have a diverse group of friends it may take some conscious effort on your part. But once you find your niche, UVA's competitive/self-segregating atmosphere can be rewarding.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Very Reasonable – The police (both Charlottesville and UVA) are there to make sure you don't do anything stupid when you're drunk, not to reign in the drunken masses. Drinking underage is very very common and easy to get away with. The administration and RAs, for the most part, are there to educate students on proper, safe drinking habits or how deal with an intoxicated friend. There are no visitation hours in dorms but this doesn't create an unsafe feeling around "grounds" -- everyone is very trusting of each other. As long as you don't do anything outwardly stupid when engaging in "college" activities, you won't really get caught.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: In short, the food is expensive, mediocre at best and very redundant. There are 3 dining halls to chose from for the non student-athelets and they basically serve the same food, although some can be better or worse depending on the day. The food is all-you-can-eat at every dining hall at every meal, and this usually comes in handy because it takes about 2 to 3 different dishes before you can find something that's worth eating. Overall, the food is bland or always prepared horribly wrong but everyone usually finds a weekly dish that they like or falls back on the daily cereal/salad bar. It's also very expensive -- each plan costs about $10 a meal, which is totally not worth it. Clearly the University spends its resources elsewhere, but at least there's a Starbucks on "grounds" where you can use your PLUS dollars!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: GO TO GAMES! I have been to every football game in the past two years, and absolutely love them! We have had terrible seasons, but everyone still comes out and cheers our team on. We have a lot of school spirit, and we excel in other sports. Soccer games are always good, and basketball is always exciting!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Forced Decisions – Be prepared to choose quickly. Housing decisions have to be made almost a year in advance if you want to get an apartment. This is ridiculous and it can be a hassle to plan. A lot of people live in houses, but you have to be prepared to grunge a bit.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Bring Your Own Computer – There are a lot of computer labs around grounds, but most are for use only when in class. I usually have to wait awhile in the library if I want to use a computer. This is why having a laptop is preferable. Printing is also a hassle, because you can only use your prepaid student card. If you don't have money on your student card then it becomes a problem.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: UVA is an awesome school and I would definitely come back again if I could. Plenty of things to do, and students here have a work hard, play hard mentality.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots to Do – Plenty of things to do in Charlottesville, just need to know where to look and be willing to explore a bit. Great restaurants, concerts, festivals, etc.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great School – Initially class sizes are pretty big, but professors are always available and willing to help. Student life is great, and Charlottesville is beautiful.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: It's UVA, what else do you expect? "Girls in pearls and guys in ties" at football games. Typical frat guy outfit: collared, khakis, Sperry's and a backwards cap.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse, but Segregated – Like most colleges, the majority of the student population is white, but there is a fair amount of minorities. However, the minority groups tend to self-segregate a lot, ex. black students tend to hang out with other black students. It's a natural phenomenon, but noticeable on campus. However, it's not very strict, and there are many groups/clubs that are open to everyone.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is really good on grounds. You can catch a bus every ten minutes from one of the residential colleges, and, although sometimes they are late at the other stops, it's pretty convenient. There is late night service Thursday through Saturday, which is also helpful. UVa students get free transport on Charlottesville City busses too (incredibly helpful when you want to go to the mall as a first year).

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Well, at Least There Is Lacrosse. UVa isn't know for our football. Everyone goes to games, but more for the social aspects and tailgating than the actual football. The crowd at a game varies from extremely enthused and excited to gone by half-time, which I think is probablly typical for a program like ours.

That being said, we have excellent swimming, lacrosse, soccer, softball, baseball, and pretty much anything that doesn't receive a whole lot of national attention. There is usually some sort of national championship brought back to Charlottesville each year.

We have boatloads of IM sports, including obscure ones like walleyball. Almost everyone plays one IM sport, if not more than one.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gyms, Libraries, Etc. UVa has so many fitness centers that you lose track! You can play basketball, swim, and run on a track at the AFC. Slaughter has racquetball and walleyball and indoor soccer. Mem gym also has tons of stuff. You can always make fitness a priority.

There are plenty of places to study at the libraries, but they do tend to get a bit crowded during midterm weeks and especially during finals weeks. There are tons of other places to study though, especially with the study rooms located around grounds for specific majors. Engineering majors have their own rooms to study in, and most of separate majors within engineering have their own labs.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not That Great – The business curriculum at UVA isn't setup as it should be. You can't take real business classes until your junior year, and therefore miss out on the opportunity to do internships that require business knowledge. Plus, you are constantly fretting about grades because teachers seem to be more interested in keeping the percentage of A's low than seeing the students succeed.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Everything You Need Is in Walking Distance – I don't ride much transportation because everything is in walking distance at UVA, however, the bus system is a little confusing when you do want to get somewhere quickly.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Underage Students Drink Frequently – I don't drink, however, it is very common to see underage drinking at UVa. No one seems to care, however, it should definitely be enforced more stringently. Many kids do stupid things because they have clearly had too much to drink and can't handle the alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's Whatever – You just have to fill out the forms. There wasn't any hassle. Just get your stuff in on time.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's Not Bad – Winters can be cold and nasty, but the dorms are nice and toasty. Summers are a tad warm, but it's not unbearable.

When the weather's nice though, everyone's outside and it's beautiful.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The Best You Can Find – All of the buildings are beautiful. The athletic facilities are world class, and everyone loves to go to the games. If you're more interested in academics than athletics, the libraries are just as popular. you can find people in them at any hour of the day, and it's easy to see why. They are quiet, clean and provide a very productive work environment.

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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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