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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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3 College Freshman

Computers: There are a variety of macs and pcs.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It sucks having to walk around in the rain.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: loans are given out to students who are in need.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball is awesome, however football can be a lot better. There is a lot of school spirit.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The new dorms are great. It is like a hotel. The buses run regularly therefore it is convenient. However everything is so very competitive because everyone is smart and is full of potential.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Prices for living off-grounds vary; they can range from $400 to $1500+. Some of the better housing options' like Grand Marc apartments, are closer to the school but because of this, they are also more expensive. Cheaper places like University Place apartments are at least ten minutes from the school by car. Some of these places offer shuttles, however, which makes them a bit attractive to the students. There are students who choose to rent single-family houses and split the rent with others in the house which is probably the best option for those who do not want to live in apartment complexes. The rent price for single family homes ranges from $1000 plus.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: The Charlottesville Transportation system (CAT) makes a big difference in how someone gets around. The university also has its own bus system which works hand in hand with the CAT. Students get free rides on both systems provided they can show their student IDs.

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4 College Junior

Computers: None of my classes require computer labs but I have taught in these places and they are indeed very good. The computers function well and the network is reliable.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: In stating that the cost of living is "poor" what I mean is that this area is very expensive for someone just starting out. The rent for most off-grounds places is at a minimum of $400 per room per month which, for a student in an entry position, is high. However, the locals are friendly towards students and many even open their homes as renting options for better prices.

The city attracts middle to upper-class families and while this class of people are plenty, so too are the lower-class individuals. (It is sad that for a city this unique and expensive, there are many beggars on the streets who do not get enough help).

Charlottesville is scenic and has plenty of historic attractions such as Jefferson's Monticello and the wine-tasting venues. Downtown Charlottesville is wrought with small locally-owned businesses ranging from the food to clothing industries. Chain companies are also available but these are set up towards the out-skirts of the city while the local ones take the heart.

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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is expensive at the University of Virginia. What's more, the street parking spots are limited and during the day, parking permits are enforced. After 5pm however, there are some parking spots that you can take advantage of because they become free for all. One such place is the parking garage for the Memorial Gym (colloquially called Mem-Gym).

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The typical guy at the University of Virginia is wearing khaki shorts, loafers and a brightly colored t-shirt. The typical girl is wearing a sun-dress and slippers or a brightly colored-skinny jean with a loose blouse, boyfriend sweater and boots. Both will most likely carry their books in a cloth or leather messenger bag or back-pack. The students engaged in Greek life will occasionally come out of the woodworks in cocktail dressing too.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm a non-Greek and I am indifferent towards the Greeks. Clearly, many enjoy their status and their parties can get rowdy from what I have heard. The Greeks have their own chapter houses and while some are in good shape, others need more maintenance (at least from the outside).

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I do not stay on-grounds and such my review is not as thorough. From what my fellow peers mention, however, living on-grounds is extremely convenient and cost-efficient. The school offers transportation services such that students who live further away from the class buildings are still able to come to their classes on-time.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The academics offered at this school is above standard. Many of the professors you get to work with are impressively knowledgeable shakers and movers in their field of study. The workload is intense and the professors expect above average results from students. Registration for subsequent semesters starts early and, since students are aware of the best professors to work with, class slots fill up fast. Over the summer, students can enjoy study-abroad options.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: No university is perfect when it comes to safety. University of Virginia has had its share of shifty occurrences ranging from sexual assault to drugs. Walking on grounds (the term used at UVA in place of 'campus') at night is relatively safe but safety precautions, such as walking in groups, is highly recommended.

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3 College Junior

Majors: Internship availabilities depend on the major you are pursuing. As a master's student in a fairly small field, my best options are working alongside professors as they complete their research outside the classroom. Even though internships in my field are few and far between, I have held a student teaching job as a teaching assistant. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the students who are curious, hardworking people.

3 College Junior

Majors: I pursued my field because of my passion for language, culture and identity. I wanted to know more about how these issues interact with each other and where they meet on a practical level. Linguistics has many dimensions to it from brain and language studies, to language teaching and translation, to language policy and education, language and immigration and the list goes on. The toughest part is figuring out which of these fields has practical returns such as a job. With the knowledge I have acquired, and coupled with my Communications degree, I am hoping to continue on a professorship track but also return to the communications industry and apply what I have learned by writing, research, and broadcasting.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Since I'm an international student, the scholarships availed to me are limited. What's more, being a master's student means my grant and funding is restricted to my work. So I cannot say that scholarships come by easily for students in my status. I would strongly advise international students considering this school to have their funding squared away for the entire time of their studies. You do not want to come here with the promise of one covered year and then panic for lack of funding in subsequent years.

That said, when I first applied to the university, I was upfront about my financial situation. The department I'm in stepped in and provided funding for the first year of study. There was no incredible paperwork for me and the process run smoothly. Now that the year is almost up, I am looking for other sources. (Please see my advice above).

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining at the University of Virginia is probably one of its selling points. As soon as you drive onto University Avenue, the local restaurants lined along a brick pavement liken the street to a scene out of Gilmore Girls. The food is also good and it varies from Chinese tastes at Marco & Luca, Mediterranean meals from The Fig to the all-American choices from Boylan Heights. These are only three of more than fifteen restaurants. By the way, if you ever come down to the university and hear people using the term "The Corner," they are referring to the University Avenue with its strip of restaurants. The restaurants are right across from the university's Brooks Hall and therefore they are conveniently located to a point.

Costs for meals are higher than the typical student would like; therefore, if you want to eat out every night or even twice a week, you must be ready to pay up. Student discounts are available but certainly not greatly advertised which is understandable since these businesses need to make some kind of profit.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports, especially basketball, is a huge deal at University of Virginia. When the school is playing at home, there are tons of students, parents and alumni who come in from out of Charlottesville just to watch the games. Traffic is a nuance on basketball weekends but the air is filled with energy and anticipation for a win. In fact, this season, the Hoos have been dominating the ACC tournament as a favorite underdog since their last tournament win in 1976. They have gotten to the Sweet 16 and their next match is with Michigan State. Hopefully the streak of wins follows through.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are buses to take you around at night but they take forever and they will all come together behind one another which is annoying. So I always walk. Gets crowded on the streets with people who live around here and aren't students.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather changes randomly to cold and hot. Even recently, snowing in March. It affected me because I got sick often and didn't go outside because it was too cold.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Average, not bad, but not great.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My family received some aid, but not quite enough to make us comfortable.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of wealthy upperclass white students here. In greek life, there is a lot of racial and class segregation.

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Haley Bryant
Hometown
London, UK
Major
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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