University of Virginia Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Charlottesville, VA
Website
www.virginia.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
14,928
Part-Time Undergrads
894
Setting
Suburban
In-State Tuition
$12,216
Out-of-State Tuition
$38,228
Room & Board
$9,419
Acceptance Rate
30 %
Admission Difficulty
Hard
Average SAT Scores
1890–2190
Average ACT Scores
28–32

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Beautiful surroundings!
  • Amazing professors and classes
  • Vibrant, outgoing people
  • Fun social scene

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • The level of competition among students both in the classroom and in extracurriculars
  • The advising system, or lack thereof
  • Parking, or lack thereof
  • Diversity problems such as self-segregation

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Virginia Student Reviews

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4 College Junior

Computers: Good on-campus wireless network, although it can get slow in dorms sometimes.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's definitely cheaper to live off campus, although some places are overpriced and others can be poor quality.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Charlottesville has a great music scene. Downtown is great for a change of pace.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Sexual assault has been a big issue lately, and the university has overlooked it.

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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking sucks--you can't park anywhere on campus without paying, even on the weekends.

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