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Reviews 1949 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I stayed in one of the most recently built dorms so my experience with housing was excellent. I met my best friend via the random roommate process, and am so extremely thrilled to have lived with her for 2 years and looking forward to a 3rd. I still am great friends with a lot of people from my dorm. But some people don't click with their hall mates, and that is totally okay! There are plenty of opportunities to meet new people.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Although I have no personal experience being involved in normal sorority and fraternity Greek life, some of my best friends are in sororities and fraternities. It is a great scene that allows you to meet a bunch of new people and you can truly make a difference via the philanthropy your respective sorority or fraternity is involved with.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics at UVA are about more than just watching some of the greatest sports events in the country. Athletics is about supporting your friends and fellow classmates. It is about getting in touch with the school spirit within you. It truly makes you feel a part of something so much bigger than yourself.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: So far, my two years at the University of Virginia have been the greatest years of my life. Not only have I made incredible friends and memories, but I've been lucky enough to get involved with some great organizations around Grounds.

5 College Senior

Athletics: A lot of school pride focuses on athletics even though our football team isnt the greatest

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It is an alrivht school very racially segrigated

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Echols and I couldn't have wanted anything else. It's an honor to live in an old dorm because of the history that goes along with it. By living in Echols, I've met my friends for life and I couldn't be happier with my selection. Also, Echols is close to everything in the fact that it is the closest dorm to classes and food areas.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: People are very big fans of UVA athletics. The most popular sport is basketball, in which everyone will come out and support no matter where they are at during the game. Truthfully that is for all sports too, UVA is a very supportive university when it comes to athletics.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UVa is the best school imaginable for me! Before applying I didn't care much for the school, in fact I despised so. With some influential help from friends and family, I decided to go there and it was the best decision I've ever made. I've made so many personal connections with students, professors, etc. Not only does everyone focus on their academics, they also know how to do the social aspect of college correctly too, which will prep anyone for the real world.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of variety, professors know their topics (but aren't always great at teaching them), large classes generally have discussion sections or TAs to help out too

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Depends on what you major in, but largely a degree from this school is worth a lot no matter what. Career center is amazing and trains their student staff very well

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Good initiatives for preventing sexual assault by engaging students

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There's huge disparity between the quality of the older dorms and the new ones. Some dorms allow for a lot of socialization (i.e. the hotel-style dorms), while others are more isolated but have their own community (like Gooch-Dillard).

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Can be pretty cliquey, should make more of an effort to include non-Greeks in events. But every Greek person has friends outside of Greek life as well. Still, can make some people feel excluded or unwanted

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: People get really into football and basketball here, and Hoo pride shines through in most other sports, as well.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of resources available and lots of passionate professors. Could be better with de facto social segregation, and could be more responsive to student views on social justice issues

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They provide a service called safe ride which means a lot to me because when I stay late at a friends house, the library, a party, etc getting home can feel scary.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lucked out with the brand new dorms with AC. I know I am getting spoiled but so far I love my dorm and the walk to class is made easier with UBike and the shuttles around grounds

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life contributes to a lot of great activities and events during the year. They are known mostly for their parties, but there is a wide variety of Sororities and Fraternities aimed at all types of people.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: I love having a dorm near Scott Stadium and how enthusiastic the student body is about football and basketball.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the University of Virginia and it's dedication to its students. It has a bad reputation for being a preppy white school but all the students are so diverse and well-rounded it's hard not to make friends everywhere you go.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Work hard, play hard could not describe it better.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I am doing biochemistry so I am hoping I would get lots of jobs.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: As I said earlier, I am not at campus yet so I don't really know.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I personally love my future dorm - air conditioned with a private bathroom!

2 people found this useful Report
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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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