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

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: UVa has a vibrant greek life that has much to offer if one chooses to go in that direction. However, as a person who is not in the greek system, I can attest to the fact that you do not have to "go greek" to have a thriving social life at UVA.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers at UVA are very accesible, as they are located in most libraries. However, there are a limited number of computers,so it can be difficult to secure one at times.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Tradition and Uptight Students – Uva is definitely a fantastic experience. The academics are rigorous but the social scene is great too. There are fraternities/sororities to join but don't have to dominate party life. Sports are an important part of life but not an obsessive cult. UVA manages to mix modern ingenuity along with a long lasting history of tradition. Modern facilities mixed with traditions revolving around Thomas Jefferson, our architecture, sports, etc.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Either Screwed or in Heaven – I haven't lived in a dorm, but I know you either get a dorm on campus that's very convenient or a far away dorm that makes you sticky and sweaty by the time you get to class or have ridden the bus and wasted 30 minutes.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Politics, Smoothies and Rats – The facilities on campus are generally pretty solid. The athletic fitness center is top notch, the popular libraries are well furnished, clean and organized. However, there is a big difference in recently furnished/built facilities and old facilities. In one classroom it's not uncommon for rats to scurry around whereas in another classroom in a new building is so fresh you're afraid to come in dirty and mess it up. The popular gyms have smoothie stands and huge areas to workout, the less popular are a bit more grungy and crowded. The less popular gyms, libraries and even commonly used classrooms can have a shoddy foundation but just outfitted with modern equipment. Overall though the facilities are pretty solid.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug Scene Is There, but Not Overwhelming – Alcohol is by far the most common drug used at UVa. Other drugs are present but definitely more underground. Those with the most money can afford drugs (most common in top tier fraternities and sororites). I have not experienced any peer pressure whatsoever to use drugs.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Student Body Is Very Attractive – We have a repututation of having a very attractive student body for a reason. Both girls and guys are very concerned with fitness and can be seen running regularly. Girls can tend to be superficial and very thin.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I lived in a house off campus my second year and it was very expensive. Housing is also very competitive; people start signing leases for the following year in September and October. The housing behind the Corner area is better for parties and the housing on JPA is quieter and closer to classes. Safety has been a concern with break-ins during school breaks.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Scene Is Very Prominent – I am a part of Greek life, and I love everything about it. While it can be obnoxious at times to always see people in Greek apparel, it definitely shows that we have pride in our sorority or fraternity. The time around Rush is very stressful for everyone. If you aren't 21 or don't have a fake ID, frat parties are the typical destination on the weekends. Many students that are Greek choose to live in their respective house during their 3rd or 4th year.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Love the Gyms and Campus Acitivities! There are multiple gyms on campus, all of which are easily accessible. The gym for the first year students is definitely the nicest and typically the most crowded. The other gyms definitely serve their purpose though. I spend a great deal of time in the libraries, as they are both a hangout spot and a study spot. There is never a lack of things to do around UVa - the activities are plentiful. Everyone loves the way UVa is laid out; the Grounds are beautiful!

3 College Junior

Computers: Internet Overall Good, Sometimes Slow – Computers in libraries are usually taken during the day and night. The internet works all around campus, although it can be slow in one particular library. I personally always bring my laptop to the library to avoid having to wait for a school one. Never had any problems with printing at all.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Best Public School Around – UVA is the best public school around. We have everything from solid departments across the board to a vibrant social scene. There are all kinds of people too, from fratstars to Southern belles to hipsters.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Pretty Small Scene – Alcohol is everywhere, pot is there if you look hard enough, and all other drugs are pretty underground.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Tons of Options – My friends and I moved off-campus after First-Year. The are many options and it's a whole lot cheaper in most cases.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys in Ties, Girls in Pearls – A lot of people act like typical college students. There are a handful of "snobby" people, but there are lots more of really nice people. Almost everyone I've met at UVA has found people who share their interests and created a solid group of friends.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty Good – People often stereotype UVA as a central for typical rich, white college students, but there is actually a lot of ethnic diversity. You just have to find them. However, there still are a lot of people of that stereotype. A lot of times you don't realize what economic background people are coming from until you really get to know them. In spite of all the diversity you can find on grounds, everyone I've encountered at least has been very open and very welcoming, regardless of ethnicity, race, political beliefs, religion, and orientation.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Not Bad – The dining halls are pretty close, location-wise, regardless of which building you're placed in. There are quite a few late night options for food as well. The variety is not bad, but there is a lot of repetition. But it also helps once they repeat it, second time around you'll know what to eat and what not to eat! And, although it's not the best for dining hall options, it is after all a college campus--can't really expect gourmet food. :D

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Pretty Damn Good – Football definitely isn't our sport, but games are still a blast to attend. Lacrosse, Baseball, and Soccer are our really strong sports. Some of the best games are watching those. Intramurals are fun and easy to sign up for. Athletic facilities are top notch.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Kellogg Dorm – Would get an A+ but it is a bit far away from everything. Facilities are great, and when the A/C is on it's awesome.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Generally has something thats ok to good level. But get used to eating a lot of the same foods.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain and Shine – It's often very humid in the summertime, and you will change outfits at least once a day if you aren't in A/C. It also rains a little less than half the time, big drops of rain that are very refreshing.
The snow last year was Snowpocalypse and people were sledding down the Rotunda steps and making giant snowballs! We even had a midnight snowball fight on the lawn. And people streaked.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There's Danger? There's very little crime, except in recent news about that unfortunate girl. The grounds have blue lights all in seeing distance from eachother. There are police, and they care about your safety; they aren't there to bust you for alcohol, but rather help you get home with no questions asked. There's a Safe Ride program to get you home safely, and a taxi cab service that doesn't ask to be paid on the spot.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Bubble of Intensity – Everything you could possibly want, all in a 3 mile radius. Hypnotist, Streaking the Lawn, Sledding, variety of Fraternity parties, great line of restaurants and bars on the Corner, exploring rooftops and steam tunnels late at night, an amazing Greek Life, a shopping mall a 5 min car ride from central Grounds, a library where you rent movies for free, and people who are just as unique and serious about life as you. Not to mention that Charlottesville is a very off-beat town, with lots of artsy coffee shops, a drama theatre, and costume shops at the downtown "mall" in Charlottesville. You won't want to go home.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Lots of Opportunity – The campus is beautiful. All of the traditions--big and small--really make the university unique and immediately make you feel like you belong to something. The Academics are good and there are about a zillion different clubs and organizations to take part in which are all really committed and involved.
The only downer is the student body, which is extremely homogenous: unnecessarily overachieving, stressed out, and living in their own UVA world without really minding to get out of it; You won't be getting a lot of unique, confident personalities if you go here.
There's a lot of self-segregation, and not a lot of people consider straying from their circle/type of friends
I mean, there are definitely cool people here, but a lot of them are kind of consumed with getting on the conveyor belt and being the atypical UVA student--many of the girls, especially, have low self esteem and lack any personal style

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: there's a range of University Buses that take different routes around grounds and different parts of the surrounding neighborhoods
They're also spending a lot of effort updating the system so you can find bus arrival time estimates online and via phone
or even at interactive boxes at the bustop

the Charlottesville Free Trolley will take you just about anywhere you would need/want to go that's off campus

but really, everywhere you'll be going on a daily basis is within walking/biking distance


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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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