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

Facilities: There's always so many things going on around grounds, whether it be an acapella concert, a club meeting, or a party, it's almost impossible to be bored.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The grounds of UVA are absolutely beautiful (especially The Lawn)! I The corner and downtown Charlottesville are also great places to hang out. I also love all the traditions we have, like steaking the lawn and even high-fiving Dean Groves.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The beautiful old architecture and the emphasis on tradition really make UVA special. There is no place like the lawn! I also love how prevalent secret societies are - UVA has at least 20.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are so many academic programs offered, and there is so much to do around grounds.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: As an out of state student, I felt it was very difficult to adjust to life at UVA. Many students came knowing quite a few people, and I felt left out in a sense. The AFC is very nice and I try to go there a few times a week. The libraries are usually very crowded and sometimes confusing, but can be nice when I need to get work done.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 26th
    Best Library
  • 46th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 188th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 197th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 568th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Haley Bryant
Hometown
London, UK
Major
Media Studies
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Students agree that the athletic facilities (especially the Aquatic and Fitness Center) are superb. There always seems to be some sort of renovation going on. The school is currently working on construction of several new facilities, and they’re renovating many older ones. However, despite the excellent gyms and new athletic- and fitness-oriented projects, UVA sometimes neglects other parts of the campus. Some students complain about the condition of labs and classrooms within the various colleges, and the administration has taken these complaints to heart by funding a huge South Lawn project, which is currently under construction. The project will provide hundreds of new classrooms and state-of-the-art space for students and faculty.

UVA makes sure to take care of every sort of athletic need; it is unfortunate that it does not do the same for its arts. While there is certainly a theater (two, in fact, when counting the black box), a photo lab, and a studio, the University still lacks a real arts center, though there is a new one in the works. UVA has one of the largest endowments of any public university, and the administration has taken strides over the past few years to put this money to work efficiently throughout the university. For the most part, computer labs and classrooms are very nice and well-equipped, and the constant construction around campus shows signs of progress.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
431
Student Centers
Newcomb Hall
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Alderman
  • Clemons
  • Four other departmental libraries
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Amphitheater
  • Boylan Heights
  • The Lawn
  • The Virginian
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Greenberry's in Alderman Library and the Bookstore
  • The Bakery
  • The Castle
  • The PAV
Movie Theater on Campus
Newcomb Hall Theater
Traditions
  • : Eating at Little John's at 4 a.m.
  • : Foxfield horse races.
  • : Streaking the Lawn.
  • : Painting Beta Bridge late night/early morning.
  • : The Dressing up for football games and singing the "Good Ole' Song" after every UVA touchdown.
  • : Spending time on the Lawn on beautiful days.
  • : Camping out for the Duke vs. UVA football game.
Urban Legends
There are plenty of UVA myths floating around. One is that Dr. Seuss used to live in this great big house up on the hill, looking down towards Newcomb Hall. Apparently, after being rejected from UVA, he wrote a little book called How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In this book, he depicted himself as the grouchy, resentful old Grinch staring down at all the "Whos in Whoville." Another myth-a bit more racy-is that any first-year girl who walks across the big white Z letters painted all around grounds (which signify the "Z" secret society) will get pregnant. Still another that is re-ignited every year as the entering class settles in is that, in the first weekend students are in town, Dave Matthews supposedly plays an all- day concert in the amphitheater. Don't be a poor sap and wait all-day long by yourself in the amphitheater! I can pretty much guarantee he won't show.
Favorite Things To Do
UVA students have been known to work out, lie on the lawn, grab a meal with friends, walk to a bar off campus, and see a movie in Newcomb all in a span of one day! Work out in the AFC (Aquatic Fitness Center) or any other gym (Memorial Gym, North Grounds, Slaughter Gym); take a dip in the hot tub or rest up in the sauna on the ground floor of the AFC; check out a play in Culbreth Theater or see a relatively recent movie playing in the basement of Newcomb Hall; have coffee in the library at Greenberry’s, or a smoothie with friends in the PAV; play Frisbee on the lawn; check out a concert from one of UVA's a cappella groups; attend a film screening and lecture, visit the UVA Art Museum.
Student Organizations Web Site
atuva.student.virginia.edu/organizations
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
During the first week of school, there will be an activities fair where you can learn about all the different organizations and even sign up for a few. For a full list of student organizations, visit the UVa Student Council Web site.
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 70 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 7 responses

  • 29% The Lawn
  • 24% The Dining Halls
  • 18% Dorms
  • 6% Boylan Heights
  • 6% The Amphitheater
  • 6% Clemons Library
  • 6% Trinity
  • 6% Place of residence
  • 0% The Virginian

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 54% Hanging out with friends
  • 15% Studying in the McGregor Room (completely silent)
  • 15% Going out
  • 8% Picnic on the lawn
  • 8% Restaraunts

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 72 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 54% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 32% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 12% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 6 responses

  • 60% Lighting of the Lawn
  • 20% Streaking the Lawn
  • 10% Good ol' song
  • 10% Rotunda Sing

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 68 responses

  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 34% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 60% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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