Academics

Location
Charlottesville, VA
Undergrads
14,928
Tuition (in-state)
$38,228 ($12,216)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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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5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are all amazing and educated

5 College Freshman

Academics: any major is great to have here, you know you're getting the best education

5 College Freshman

Academics: You'll be working your ass off, but you should be learning, too.

4 College Junior

Academics: lots of different classes and options. there is a place for everyone

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 16th
    Best Course Variety
  • 23rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 61st
    Smartest Professors
  • 102nd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 104th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Haley Bryant
Hometown
London, UK
Major
Media Studies
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Most students agree that the professors at UVA are outstanding, qualified, brilliant, and passionate men and women. As expected, there are occasional complaints about class structure, material, and size, as well as some unfortunate cases of disinterested teachers. The quality and interest level of classes and professors vary throughout the different schools and departments at UVA. For the most part, students find that classes and professors in the College of Arts and Sciences (particularly the English, drama, history, and psychology departments) are more liberal and interesting. Some of the more technical, scientific courses and schools (biology or engineering, for example) can be a necessary burden, even for students specializing in those fields.

Although it can be difficult getting to know a professor in a lecture setting, taking smaller seminars gives you a much better opportunity to get close to professors. How well you get to know your professors largely depends on the size of your major and the initiative you take with them. Older students are often very helpful with class and professor recommendations, so use them as a resource to achieve a more fulfilling academic experience. Though the best professors tend to only teach upperclassmen, be patient. Learn from your TA in the meantime—even though it may be disappointing and frustrating at times. Remember that TAs are more accessible, younger, and often more enthusiastic about the classes they’re working with; you can use this to your advantage and get more out of your learning experience. In general, as long as you are interested in developing a relationship with some of your teachers, whether they be TAs or professors, you will no doubt excel academically at Virginia.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,147
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
71
Total FT Faculty
2,133
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$110,871
Full-Time Retention Rate
98%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Transfer-Out Rate
4%
Graduation Rate
93%
Programs/Majors Offered
83
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 50%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 36%
  • 50 or More Students: 14%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Business/Commerce, General: 3%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Alderman Library
  • Clark Library
  • Clemons Library
  • Coffee shops on the Corner
Tips to Succeed
  • Be eager and persistent about doing the things that you want; don't be intimidated by the crowds.
  • It is important to be friendly and open to anyone and anything.
  • There is so much opportunity at UVA-don't be afraid to grab it.
Did You Know?
  • The Rotunda was designed by Thomas Jefferson after the Pantheon in Rome and is meant to symbolize the enlightened human mind. Jefferson chose this site at the head of campus to be a library, whereas most other 19th century universities often chose a chapel as their central feature.
  • UVA has the highest graduation and retention rate of any public college or university

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 65 responses

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Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 25% Edgar Allan Poe (did not graduate) - famous poet/writer
  • 23% Tina Fey - comedian, actor, writer
  • 23% Katie Couric - journalist, TV host
  • 11% Woodrow Wilson - 28th U.S. president
  • 6% Thomas Jefferson
  • 6% Thomas Jefferson was not an alumni.
  • 4% Robert F. Kennedy
  • 2% Thomas Jones - running back, Chicago Bears
  • 2% Valerie B. Ackerman - founder of WNBA
  • 0% Stanley Winston - movie special effects expert

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 63 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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