Charlottesville, VA
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most classes are challenging and interesting, and I did not find the workload to be as bad as I was expecting. It's definitely harder for engineering and pre-med, but liberal arts/humanities classes are okay - just a lot of reading.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Registering for classes can be rough depending on what sign-up time you get. You can tell that the professors are really smart and it seems like a lot of them have written the textbooks for their class. Most people really care about their grades and spend a good amount of time in the library!

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I haven't started my specific program yet, but first year as an Engineering student was a blast. I get a lot of emails with information on job opportunities, and I think the school makes the curriculum so that each student knows what he/she should study.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have had a range of professors, some really enjoyed teaching, while others did not seem to care for their students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: UVA is selective for a reason- the calibre of its students is top-notch. Ivy League. There are some amazing classes and lots of variety, but there are always a few tough classes/professors. Registration is annoying but okay. I sometimes wish my classes prepared me for my field a little better, though.


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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
London, UK
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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 65 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 23% Edgar Allan Poe (did not graduate) - famous poet/writer
  • 23% Tina Fey - comedian, actor, writer
  • 23% Katie Couric - journalist, TV host
  • 10% Woodrow Wilson - 28th U.S. president
  • 7% Thomas Jefferson was not an alumni.
  • 5% Thomas Jefferson
  • 3% Thomas Jones - running back, Chicago Bears
  • 3% Robert F. Kennedy
  • 2% Valerie B. Ackerman - founder of WNBA
  • 0% Stanley Winston - movie special effects expert

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 63 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.



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