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Reviews 1865 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off campus housing with fairly nice landlords with parking and access to shopping and parking.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of really awesome off campus restaurants that are both inexpensive and delicious, in addition to being in walking distance from Grounds.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Even if you are caught drinking underage in the first year dorms, there is very little that the RAs can do on the first and second time that you are written up. But underage drinking in general is usually overlooked, but the Va ABC are the worst about spotting fakes and they should generally be avoided if you have a fake, because fake IDs are illegal.

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: The scholarships for first year needed to be turned in before I even knew if I was accepted into the University, which just seems a little ridiculous. Even after turning in all of my financial aid work I got nothing back and felt as though I wasted a ton go time just doing what they wanted with no returns in sight. It also was a hassle for them to receive my fax messages and I had to re-fax some of my information up to three times.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frat parties in general are dirty and ruin most good shoes. There is a high abundance of underage drinking and recently new, increased enforcement of lists for entry to frat parties. Knowing upperclassmen with their own apartments is much more relaxed and intimate for partying.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is often greasy and the fist and other mystery meat are frequently pinker than they ought to be. It is hard to find food that it both healthy and doesn't taste like cardboard. There is an abundance of unwashed fruit that is sometimes edible.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are basically three options for first year students at the University, and which one you end up with is completely dependent on chance. There are old dorms that are beautiful and have a great sense of community despite their lack of air conditioning and elevators. There are suite- style dorms in Gooch-Dillard and Alderman Road residences which are very nice but still do not have elevators and are much farther from classes than the Old Dorms. Then there are New Dorms which are brand-new and have great elevators and fairly good sized doubles. There are nice study rooms available for the students that end up in these "hotel-esque" rooms. All three of these options cost about the same but the single rooms cost a little bit more which is reasonable to compensate for the increased privacy.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I made the best decision of my life by choosing UVA. Grounds is gorgeous, the tradition is rich, and student life is vibrant. I can't even entertain the idea of having to leave in a few years yet.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UVA has consistently been rated as one of the most desirable degrees to have by multiple reviews and magazines. The key is the level of competition on Grounds: it isn't overbearing like Duke, but it motivates students to reach their best potential.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Grounds is very safe. This has been a very traumatic year, and it is not a good representation of life on Grounds.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams are consistently really competitive nationwide. Games are highly attended and a huge social event, especially basketball and football.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Despite the controversy earlier this year, Greek life is definitely one of the highlights of attending UVA. The parties are awesome, and fraternities and sororities are also very involved on Grounds. The new IFC FOA Agreement will make it more difficult for non-Greeks to attend frat parties next year, though.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is super convenient and safe. You can also find plenty of places where the social life is pretty vibrant, too.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's so much good food on the Corner, at Barracks, and on the Mall. Bodos is definitely a highlight.

4 College Freshman

Administration: One of the best parts about going to UVA is that most significant things happening on Grounds are entirely student run. The Administration is usually effective when its input is necessary. President Sullivan is largely unpopular for the time being, though.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The Office of Financial Aid is really helpful, and tuition is such a bargain to begin with.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Work hard play hard describes the way of life here. Frat parties and bars at the Corner are dope. Playboy Magazine rated UVA the best party scene in America two years ago. There are also tons of fun events and clubs for students that don't drink.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Easily the biggest downside to the first year experience. Food is repetitive, processed and hastily prepared. There are great, super inexpensive alternatives all over Grounds and the Corner though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On Grounds housing is usually what you would expect at any major University. The social environment is great first year. Off-Grounds housing is usually awesome and inexpensive later on.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I avoid frat parties; however, I did join an organization that hosts their own parties once in awhile. It is filled with people I'm familiar with so I'm more comfortable. Being less frequent than frats, it also allows me to focus more on schoolwork more often.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are three different possible housing areas/dorms for first year students, and the one I was placed in is the farthest away. It is also relatively old so it is not that well kept, always having some sort of problems. The social atmosphere is nice, however, and it is easy to get to know your fellow dorm mates. In terms of living conditions it is slightly below average, but in terms of opportunities for bonding and getting to know people, it is excellent.

The housing process for first year housing is mostly random, with preferences in single or roommate housing taken into account. Options are given to be placed in other housing. However, extra application info must be filled.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing varies wildly and just depends on where you want to live.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is awesome. The Corner is so close, and has so many delicious options, most of which are unique to Charlottesville!

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4 College Senior

Administration: Transportation is great. Buses make is pretty easy to get anywhere you want to go.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Parking is pretty difficult at UVA and in Charlottesville in general.


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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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