Charlottesville, VA
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Reviews 1616 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: media studies is a relatively new department and it provides a great variety of classes to take, most of which are interesting and prompt discussion.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: the bus is convenient but expensive and the airport is really far and expensive to get to.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: lots of good food with great variety

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: well-rounded and social, interesting people

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: gives enough freedom without being completely detached.

4 College Junior

Computers: Good on-campus wireless network, although it can get slow in dorms sometimes.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's definitely cheaper to live off campus, although some places are overpriced and others can be poor quality.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Charlottesville has a great music scene. Downtown is great for a change of pace.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Sexual assault has been a big issue lately, and the university has overlooked it.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Parking: Parking sucks--you can't park anywhere on campus without paying, even on the weekends.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Many of the bars are too crowded. There are some good, more chill places though. Drinks are a bit expensive. It's easy to get in underage, especially if you're a girl.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: We're awesome at everything except football. Basketball team is really trending upward, although football and basketball are really the only well-attended sports by students.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: First-year dorms create a great sense of camaraderie. Otherwise upperclass on-campus housing is too expensive.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Frat parties are big for underclassmen. Half the Greeks are pretentious and cliquey, and the others are cool.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are a fair number of minority students, but they tend to stick together and aren't very integrated.

3 College Junior

Weather: Winter sucks, and summer can be bad if you don't have air conditioning, but fall and spring are wonderful.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Honor is a very big thing at UVa. If caught drinking in dorms you could get suspended. During finals week there are quiet hours and if you violate them you can get written up.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are area buses every 15minutes and there are usually campus shuttles running all day long with multiple stops.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are definitely alcohol visibility down rugby road. Many people go out friday and saturday nights.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Sorority girls tend to hang out with their "sisters" a lot. There are chapters houses however it is not required for you to live in those.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are days when the food is great and others when you end up eating cereal for dinner.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Grades are definitely important and other accomplishments. Need to be a well rounded student.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Chemistry is a very hard class. People doing science majors have to spend a lot of time in laboratory.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am not living off campus, therefore lack information.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The downtown and the corner has pretty interesting stuff, however nothing too special.


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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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