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Reviews 1871 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I really wish it wasn't such an issue, but it's often times difficult for the people in charge of Health and Safety to deeply investigate into fraternities and sororities and the parties with hazy accounts of events. However, optimally every story and case should be thoroughly investigated and cases like Hannah Graham won't appear again, be it UVA students or outsiders as the perpetrators.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Courses and professors probably make up the heart and soul of UVA, where they are what make UVA such a competitive and attractive school. The courses are engaging but difficult and definitely give the students a run for their money. The professors are incredibly distinguished and respected for what they do and they're very passionate about their work and teaching.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I haven't fully explored the career center/services to its full extant nor the quality of recruitment or alumni network. Though, I've heard only positive things and that people can definitely find job security if they play their cards right at this school.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing at UVA is very nice, and the staff that run housing are very polite and helpful. The current place I live is very convenient and the social atmosphere is phenomenal. However, I wish the cost wasn't so high. When I plan to live in a different area, I don't think the convenience will be as nice, so transportation will be tougher.

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at my school has a bad reputation but is still sought after by first-years and anyone looking to party. I personally find Greek life disruptive at times, but they can be very big-hearted. One time a CIO I'm a part of was raising money for a family with a terminally ill patient and a fraternity extended their time and efforts to help raise money and awareness. I'm not aware there is any Greek housing, but if there are it would be located off-grounds.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Students are heavily involved in the athletics at my school, and our schools is somewhat well-known in the realm of sports, but we're aware of how our teams are not the best.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: If I could go back and be accepted into all of the schools I applied to, I would still choose the current school I'm at. It's a spendid mix of prestige and accessibility, where it's still within my state and not exorbitantly expensive. In addition, the professors are still incredibly distinguished so it's an honor learning under them.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The environment at Virginia is extremely safe. The school and the police officers care way more about your safety than anything else, so students never think twice about calling for help when they need it. There are always some bad eggs in every basket; having been to another school for two years, UVa has no more sexual assaults than other universities. Don't believe the hype.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The courses I've taken have been engaging and I felt like I learned a lot. They were challenging, but rewarding. Engineering classes can be particularly hard, to the point of spending multiple days and nights on a single project and getting an average grade, multiple times a semester.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are so many opportunities to find jobs directly on campus through career fairs, career offices, and on-grounds interviews that graduating with a job from Virginia is nearly guaranteed, especially if you're in an engineering related field.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's average at what you'll find at other colleges. Dorms still suck; they're small and cramped and you have a barely passable bed. They're fine for a few years but get an apartment.

However, RAs are very forgiving and helpful. You'll have no problem throwing small parties in your dorm living room, having people over for dinner, or whatever other things you might be interested in. Almost every night, one of the RAs emails us with their contact info incase we want some help for any reason: a lock out, a question, maintenance related, a friend who got too drunk, etc., it's a great atmosphere.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: I transferred here from another university where I was already in a fraternity; my view of UVa greek life is not necessary the view you may have. I think the greek life is great; the attitude that the faculty and police have towards greek life is very healthy and it shows in policies that encourage students to make safe decisions and not be scared of getting in trouble. As such, the vibe is way different than other schools; parties are great, everybody stays safe.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: I transferred here from Virginia Commonwealth University. Comparing any facilities with Cary St. Gym in Richmond is very unfair.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: First things first, the University of Virginia is an amazing institution. Almost everybody you meet loves the school and by the time you graduate, as many of my alumni friends can vouch, you'll always have a soft spot for Charlottesville. There are so many intangibles that can't be described in a simple review, but life at UVa as a student is something you have to experience first hand. I say this having transferred from a smaller university, so I have multiple perspectives to look at this from.

I will admit, my interests are a little bit technical and very specialized -- I'm majoring in Computer Science and working with artificial intelligence (specifically, ones that use deep neural networks). I'm finding that Virginia cannot compete with the *really* prestigious technical schools like Stanford, MIT, or CMU in facilitating this sort of cutting edge research. However, all of my traditional engineering classes have been taught by some of the most intelligent and experienced professors I've met. I also have plenty of friends in the college that are extremely satisfied with their experience; those professors tend to be renowned in their fields and excellent in instruction.

The curriculum for engineers is extraordinarily challenging; that's quite a statement at UVa, where almost every class is challenging. If you're going to be an engineer, don't worry about having a comparably worse GPA than your peers, that's par for the course at Virginia. However, this hard work pays off: students that graduate from Virginia do so generally with lots of job offers or grad school acceptance letters.

Finally, if you are a resident of the state of Virginia, then the value UVa presents for its comparably low tuition is absolutely unmatched.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: No problems with courses other than the odd professor with a clashing personality. Most are passionate and invested in students' learning.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Career services are are a godsend and should have a bigger reputation than they currently do! I often meet alumni in my field (politics) and have made connections based on a mutual alma mater and respect for the UVA degree.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe for the most part, but depends on what you are doing. Would be extra careful running at night on the edge of campus, but that being said, I still safe enough to go run. Sexual assault is a big issue but no bigger than anywhere else with an active Greek life; bad in absolute terms, but decent in relative terms.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is expensive, far away from grounds, socially isolating, and lacks amenities. Most students rent off-grounds housing after their first year. Anyone who tells you on-grounds is a better value is absolutely lying- coming from someone who worked for Housing and Residence Life!

2 College Senior

Greek Life: Hard to escape Greek presence. Most individual Greek students are nice, but the organizations themselves contribute nothing to school life except parties.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Experience was very very good. Good fit for the generalist, liberal arts scholar. Only complaint is that the school is highly bureaucratic. It is difficult to do something outside of the "graduate in 4-year" mold. Also tuition is unreasonably high for out-of-state students.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Fan support is very good, given that the teams do not always perform well, although it depends on the sport (eg, basketball team is much better than football team). Overall, fun, lively gameday atmosphere for the non-athlete.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Having come to this school a year after some of the worst tragedies that have ever happened here, I know that this school is much different than it was last year. I feel very safe walking around by myself, however I am still conscious of my surroundings when I am alone and I try not to walk by myself at night. There have been a lot of safety measures implemented this year such as the addition of many emergency blue lights in many places around grounds and access to many emergency numbers in the case of any incidents. I know that sexual assault happens and I know that I can take preventative measures to help ensure that I won't become a victim and that helps me not feel afraid every time I go somewhere.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have really enjoyed my classes here at UVa! I am always in awe by how my professors are leading researchers in their field. I am really getting an amazing education. You really can take classes here on just about everything and anything you could ever think to, and I think that is an opportunity that you just can pass up on. The classes range from large lectures for really popular classes to small 15-18 people classes for those classes that really require one on one teacher student help. That variety has been one of the coolest experiences I have had here.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Going to UVa is an amazing opportunity because going into the work place people know that you're going to be ready to work. I am just a first year, but I know that the professors are really good about getting upperclassmen plugged into internships and jobs early on so that they are ready to start working when they graduate. It has been really cool for me to see my older friends talk about how really big named companies are contacting them because they know hard workers will come out of UVa.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing on grounds is definitely diverse to say the least. There are a lot of discrepancies because some of the dorms are a lot nicer than others and there is just really not a fair way to sort people into the brand new dorms (which I was lucky enough to be placed in this year) and then into the dorms that have been here since the University practically opened. Some dorms have AC, some do not. Some are closer to classes, some are a lot farther away. Some of the individual buildings have laundry or mailing services in them but if the individual building doesn't have it, then a building near by will have it. All of the buildings have pros and cons and there really isn't anything we can do about it because we really can't choose where we live anyways.

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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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