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Reviews 1959 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Just amazing. This campus is the best, the people are the best, the professors are the best. World class.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Every employer values a degree from the University of Virginia. Except maybe one who went to Tech.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is, in general, very safe, but I can't say that there is no crime because, every time a sexual assault or robbery happens, there's an email that goes out about it to all of the students - warning them of the circumstances under which a crime occurred, as a reminder to always be careful and cautious.

There's a lot of infrastructure around grounds to prevent this sort of thing - there are big, lit-up posts with buttons on them where, if someone is chasing you, the police will show up within five minutes and help you. One time, a fraternity located all of the buttons and pressed each and every one of them - an officer showed up to each and every light in under five minutes.

That said, the unfortunate reality of Charlottesville is that there is a juxtaposition of wealthy young professionals centered around the university and poorer, working class residents, and a bit less in between than most places - such a contrast inevitably leads to a certain level of crime.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most of the housing is great - good furniture, a good bit of space in the room. But there's also the "Old Dorms" that still lack air conditioning. Sometimes if something's broken, it takes a while to get it fixed.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not personally in Greek life, so I don't know how much I can say, but the parties are always either good or great, and most of the guys I've met in Greek are pretty cool. But, like any other college campus, there are some sexual assault issues - the University has been taking them very seriously and doing everything they can to stop it from happening.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: While our football team could use some work, we consistently have nationally ranked teams in many other sports, and win a lot of national championships - go Hoos!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: An absolutely fantastic school. The people, the professors, the classes - all amazing.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great school to have a degree from

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Football and basketball are very important here!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Staff has been very helpful

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I almost never walk home alone at night (while out with friends on the weekends). Otherwise it's safe. Honestly though, if you're worried about sexual assault, just be mindful of how much you're drinking and make sure you have friends around who have your back.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Old Dorms suck but are closer to classes. New dorms are really nice but much farther away. Social aspects of New and Old Dorms are the same.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball games are a blast. Our football team sucks but it's fun to get dressed up and tailgate. Baseball team is awesome too, those games are nice. Club ice hockey and lacrosse games are really fun to watch and go to as well.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Hard classes, but rewarding. Very much a work hard play hard atmosphere, but getting to know people and going out some is fun.

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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

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

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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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