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Reviews 1919 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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College Junior

Scholarships: I am not currently receiving financial aid.

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.

3 College Freshman

Administration: UVA cares more about cheating on homework than underage drinking or drug issues. I feel like the priorities are a little mixed up at uva.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: It takes a while to receive, and the employees do not offer much help. You can call the office, and get two different answers for a problem that is easy to solve. So many headaches.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food is okay depending on where you go. I think Newcomb is the far superior dining hall, with its wide variety of options and fantastic service. However, seating there is hard to find and I do not like its hours and availability. Ohill is the worst. The food doesn't have a lot of variety and there was a recent food poisoning outbreak that happened last semester. Plus, the employees kind of scare me at times (looking at you Ms. Kelly at the sandwich line). Runk is actually pretty good, but it is so far away that it isn't even worth it. Meal exchange is my savior. Chick fil a = happiness.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: New dorms at UVA were very nice, clean, and new. However, the only thing that I did not like were that they did not promote a community like atmosphere and the location was not great. However, it is near bus stops and Ohill dining hall. Old dorms at UVA are, as there name hints, old, not as big, and they do not have the same amenities as New dorms (air conditioning, laundry rooms, elevators). However, I feel like old dorms had more of a community and had a fantastic location.

4 College Junior

Administration: The school really values the honor code, and they enforce rules consistently. It feels like a very safe campus.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: The office was always very responsive to my emails and calls. I was always able to reach someone when I had questions, and it a fairly quick and easy process.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Fine arts cafe is quick and reliable.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Long process, hard to get scholarships as an instate student

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some days its decent, others its terrible

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Picking houses occured too quickly in my opinion. Choosing where to live in my second year was the last thing on my mind in the first month of my first year.

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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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