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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many options for food directly on the corner but if you take the free trolley to the downtown mall the options are endless.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Charlottesville itself was actually one of the motivations behind choosing UVa for me because of the diversity of activities and accessibility.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: UVa is pretty preppy as a school in general and that is reflected by many individuals; however, if you don't align with that lifestyle/clothing choice/mentality then that is not a big deal at all. People dress in all sorts of ways-- some people are always dressed nicely, some in tshirts and shorts/leggings, some looking like they emerged from either a J. Crew or Free People catalog, some like they just rolled out of bed. It's all different. Interests are very diverse and there is a club for everyone and joining clubs or attending various events is a great way to meet people. Most people are very social.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Student Health is pretty easy to get to but the wait can be a little long and sometimes the health care can seem a little confusing (Gatorade is a treatment plan for nearly everything). In terms of sexual assault on grounds, people take it very seriously but saying that it isn't a problem would be unfair, given that nationally sexual assault on college campuses is always a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life can feel much bigger than the 35% or so that consistutes the make up of students participating but even if you rush and don't get a bid or choose not to rush you can still get into parties.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Personally, I love watching live sports and because you get into all the games for free, you can watch any sport without a hit to your wallet. Lotteries are necessary to get tickets for basketball games but unless it's a very popular game you should get tickets, though the system works in weird ways.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You have to start looking really early (people sign leases usually in October but November at the latest) but there are a ton of options and prices aren't terrible if you double up to a room. But it does all depend on where you're living.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Whether you like frats or apartment parties, there are many options.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: UVa prides itself on its honor code so it's very strict.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It varies depending on what dining hall you go to and at what time.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are not many large scholarships available at UVa and I was granted no financial aid despite my family needing it, but because I'm in state it's not too hard. Some clubs give scholarships.

1 College Junior

Campus Food: Food on campus is awful. I got food poisoning from O-hill my first year. I did not get a meal plan after my first year, but first years are required to be on meal plans. The food not only is unhealthy, but also there are limited options and it doesn't taste good. I absolutely hated the food, and I would not recommend eating in the dining hall unless that's your only option.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus options are limited, and to find a nice apartment it is necessary to begin your search in the early fall. Apartments are very expensive, but they are very conveniently located within walking distance to campus, and in general are fairly nice places to live. However, parking is very hard to find, and the apartment buildings usually charge ridiculous amounts for a spot.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: The party scene has many options. On a typical Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night, there will be house parties all up 14th and 15th street, frat parties on rugby road, and the bars on the corner are usually full of people.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is great. Charlottesville is known for its wide variety of restaurants, and there truly is something for everyone. Restaurants on the corner are within walking distance for almost all on and off-campus students, and there are endless options on the downtown mall.

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5 College Junior

Administration: The police are there to keep us safe. They aren't "out to get" any of the students, and they truly only involve themselves if they feel that someone is in serious danger. I always feel safe knowing that the campus police are there for us. The RA's are usually fairly lenient on alcohol use in dorms, and visitations are normally not monitored. However, the school has zero tolerance for honor code violations, and the honor code is strictly enforced.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms is very convenient because they are located close to most of the class buildings. Some of the dorms are even directly across the street from many major class buildings. However, the dorms are not the cleanest, and although there are new dorms that have been built since my first year, the older dorms I lived in were fairly run-down and not always the cleanest.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties at UVA are great, that is why we are so well-known for our work hard play hard reputation

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is a great relief in comparison to dining hall food.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Administration is pretty lenient as long you do not obnoxiously disobey the school's rules, especially when it comes to the honor code. Strictness also depends on your RA.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: It is very hard to receive any type of financial aid as an upper middle-class student. Especially as an out-of-state student as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus food could be much better, especially since first years are required to purchase the unlimited meal plan. However, plus dollars and meal exchanges are essential and come in handy.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are several different options for first year housing, but every first year must live on grounds. The housing is chosen randomly. The two best options are old and new dorms. Old dorms are great for their proximity while new dorms are great because they are super new. All housing options cost the same amount.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off grounds housing I would say is cheaper and a better value. Most students live off grounds.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: UVA has the best nightlife. There is something for everyone.

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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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