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Charlottesville, VA
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14,928
Tuition (in-state)
$38,228 ($12,216)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1616 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports at the University of Virginia are admired and well supported. We have intense training and great facilities as well as trainers and academic advisors for each sport that keep athletes on track with balancing academics and athletics. A variety of club sports are also available for students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are three different dining halls on campus, one specifically convenient for athletes after practices. The quality of food is very good and there is a wide range of variety. Other options are available around campus to spend plus dollars on higher quality food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Pretty Lax – there are plenty of cops around that will keep order and keep everyone safe but they generally let the frat scene happen and let drunk people on the corner be

4 College Freshman

Computers: i bought a computer through the school and it works great, i can get on the network anywhere on grounds, and classrooms are very computer friendly

5 College Freshman

Facilities: the old white column and red brick style make grounds look beautiful and there is enough money going around to make all the facilities state of the art

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of students smoke marijuana and alcohol is present literally everywhere. The police here are generally pretty lax on alcohol, but drug laws are much more stringent. As for other drugs, there are places known to have certain drugs, but there isn't much pressure at all to do them, and most of the time they are only present if you are looking for them.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Corner and Downtown! Excellent! Located basically on grounds, and just a few steps away from the Rotunda, is the Corner, a collection of shops and restaurants that stretch down University Ave. into Main Street and contain some of the best food you will ever eat! Little John's is a cheap delicatessen open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and a hot spot for poor college students, especially around 2 AM. There are more expensive places like the Biltmore and the Virginian, and also several bars like No. 3, Coupe Devilles, Boylan Heights, and Trinity- all of which have delicious food, as well. Marco and Luca's Dumplings shop is a C-ville favorite that only used to be located Downtown but now has a shop on the Corner. Downtown has tons more of great places to eat and is only a trolley ride away! I could ramble for hours on great places to eat- Charlottesville is definitely a food hot-spot!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Get Ready for the Toughest, Yet Most Rewarding 4 Years of Your Life. Graduating with a degree from the University of Virginia is possibly one of the greatest accomplishments you can ever do. Virginia consistently ranked in the top 25 Best Public Universities in the country year after year and has top notch academic programs including the number 1 undergraduate business school, The McIntire School of Commerce. The professors are great but there are shortages in some departments, most notably Spanish and other foreign languages. Registering for classes and advising sucks too, but there are so many awesome classes it's well worth it in the end. Academics, all in all, are great- but don't expect a 4.0 here, it's hard! It gets fairly competitive, but it only makes you want to try even harder.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would have to say I have had a great experience here at UVA. There are a variety of clubs and activities that you can get involved in so that you are not left out socially. Although since coming to UVA, I have had to accept that I am not the best student in the school. However, that is just motivation to do better. If you were competitive with academics in high school and know you are intelligent, then this is the right school for you. The social scene is very alive at UVA and you can't really miss out on anything, unless you force yourself to. When I came to UVA I realized that I could not imagine myself anywhere else!

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I am in the most diverse class, which is Class of 2013. However, there is still some amount of separation between the races and ethnicity,especially between white and black people. Surprisingly, gay people are more accepted than I expected because there is a slight population of homosexuals. There is some reputation of white people believing that other races should not come to UVA, but I have not personally been attacked about this.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather's milder than up north. Virginia gets all four seasons which is nice. The campus is absolutely beautiful.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Fairly Safe – I have rarely felt unsafe on campus--but it really depends on what kind of situations you put yourself in. Charlottesville can be sketchier than you think. There have been a few racial confrontations of university students by university students.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Part of the Community – Rush for sororities and fraternities is delayed until Spring semester, which helps to bridge the divide between the Greek and non-Greek community. A lot of first years go to frat parties regardless of whether they intend to rush, and there's isn't a lot of animosity between most of the two communities (which are barely even separate communities, really). All the Greek chapters have houses, and the sorority houses are all really nice whereas the frat houses are big, beautiful, white-columned and ruined on the inside. Usually only the officers of each chapter live in the house, but they all serve as major meeting places and are in the center of the undergraduate off-Grounds housing area.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Huge Variety – There's a big difference between the three main first year housing options. Old Dorms are hall-style and pretty ancient, but well-maintained and very beautiful, with a typical quad and a great location. New Dorms are NOT very new (built in the 60's) and are suite-style with a common room for 5 double rooms, which lets you get closer to your suite but doesn't provide the same college hall experience as Old Dorms. There are a few New Dorms that are actually pretty new, air-conditioned, and hall-style, and it's where all the athletes "happen" to end up. Hereford, the newest housing option, is mostly air-conditioned, but it's really far away and on top of a huge hill. The only real plus is that it's next to the best of the three dining halls.

Your housing assignment fist year is random, so you don't have a choice between these three, which is unfortunate because the atmosphere is very different. A lot of Hereford rooms are singles, and it has a reputation for being where all the loners go, even though now it's mostly fist years who were assigned there against their will. Old Dorms is stereotypically the preppy dorm area, and much more social just because of how it's set up.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Charlottesville overall is pretty friendly towards students, and there's a big cultural scene downtown. There's a big film festival every year, and lots of local bands and other arts attractions. The shopping has gotten a lot better, but the local mall isn't where to go--the walk-around mall downtown has a lot of indie shops that are much more interesting than the outdated mall on the highway.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses and Walking – The best ways to get to class by far are walking and taking the bus. University buses are free for students and go until 2:30 on weekends and midnight on weeknights. There are a lot of routes, but many are geared towards getting first years around. Almost everywhere is easily accessible by walking, however. There is also a shuttle to the Charlottesville and Richmond airports.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Awful to Drive ANYWHERE – It's impossible to get parking in Charlottesville. The town is run by pedestrians, which is great since it makes it easy to walk to everything, but parking is inconvenient and expensive. There are a few places to park for free after 5 or 6 pm, but during the day there's only one parking garage near Central Grounds and one very overpriced garage near the Corner.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Early but Nice – The search for housing starts early (some people sign leases in September for housing the following year) but there's a great variety of options, and not everything goes that fast. A lot of the houses in the area are old but historic, and apartments close to Grounds vary widely in both price and quality. Most everyone can walk to class from a reasonably-priced apartment. Parking is a disaster all over Charlottesville, however, so walking is kind of mandatory.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Safety on Campus – It is easy to get around the school. The facilities are easy to use such as the parking. It is very safe to get out at night and go for a walk with friends.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Dorms and Campus Life – The cost of the dorms and the cleaniness is appropriate for livnig on campus.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Great Sports Programs – The hype around our football and basketball teams overshadow the talent and successes of the other sports teams. We have Hoo Crew, which fosters school spirit and support (you get a free t-shirt). Games are always fun, whether we win or lose.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There Is Eye Candy – If you are on the prowl, you won't be disappointed.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: It's Ok – Racial diversity is somewhat low. You will definitely find more white people here, but you are able to meet people from many diverse backgrounds. People from all walks of life are found here. There are many groups on grounds that have the same ideas and motives, so you can find the right group of people.

College Junior

Academics: Learning Architecture – At first,or while surfing through the school's website, I stumbled upon a curriculum named Architecture. Momentarily I based the class on the website design which I later concluded to be boring. There, I wanted to change my decision, but as I was introduced to the class's syllabus, I found it challenging.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless access everywhere. Computers provided through Cav computers--with warranty they'll fix anything. Computers are accessible in labs in various libraries and it isn't too hard to get one. Printing is made easy with Cav Advantage, you just swipe your student id card.

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Haley Bryant
Hometown
London, UK
Major
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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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