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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The people are so open and friendly. There is so much to be involved in; the alumni network is talented, diverse, and gigantic; there is a clear work-hard-play-hard atmosphere, as well as strong sports programs to follow (in basically everything but football). I am proud to be a part of this historic university. I chose it because of the people I met at Days on the Lawn (UVA's version of accepted students' day).

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone knows how to make small talk, no matter where they are. Even in the bathroom, they're friendly conversation starters.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UVA has been both very accepting and supportive. Dealing with a recently-diagnosed health issue has put me in a difficult position, but the school has been more than accommodating. Great experience so far.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UVA had always been my dream school, and once I was admitted, I knew right away that I would be attending. I love the school spirit at football games, and the powerful sense of community at the University. Even though it is a fairly large school, it is easy to find your niche in different activities and clubs, and you meet so many different people that end up being your really good friends. I know that I chose the right school for me because I can never wait to go back to school.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: New student orientation was stressful- especially with scheduling. However, my first year experience was amazing

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are some good parts some bad. Greek life is terrible. I dont like UVA because of the elitest complexes. Once you find your niche, though, things get a lot better.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The people are great here

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I was just accepted into University of Virginia. I spent two years earning my Associates degree in science at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College. UVa is my dream school and I cannot wait to be on campus and work within their hospital

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It's academically difficult, but if you focus and stay on track then you will do well. There are many opportunities to have fun and relax from stressful studies and exams.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Tradition, chivalry, academics (of course), and respect.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Have had an amazing time so far. Professors are mostly engaging and knowledgeable. Campus is beautiful.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I grew up in a rural community, and I dislike how urban the campus is.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: This school has a very warm atmosphere and great student culture.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UVA students, at the expense of sounding banal, are the definition of work hard, play hard. Academically, UVA is stimulating and challenging. Professors are almost always very good teachers and the students are all somewhat bright. The students, especially those in the Greek community, however, tend to be from upper-middle to upper class backgrounds and possess a resulting sense of entitlement. Greek life is more or less socially self-contained, and though only 30% of students are Greek, it seems a majority of those out on weekends are in that effectively exclusive circle. That said, everyone likes to have a good time, whether that be supporting our fantastic sports, hitting the corner, or both.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Amazing faculty and academic value, the history of the school is something to be proud of, social life is terrific and so much to get involved in!

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: UVA is a school with a unique personality. It has its own language (we call it "grounds", not "campus"), the honour system is an integral part of the community, and while it is an extremely competitive school, everyone is welcoming and helpful. I didn't expect to like it when I applied -actually I didn't even want to apply- but after the first week I knew I had made the right decision. I even studied abroad for an entire year my third year and was helped by the UVA International Studies department greatly.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UVA's image is that of a very preppy, white rich school. If you come into the school with that imagine and those expectations you are not going to have a very good time. When I first came to UVA I was very wrapped up in how I didn't fit in with the typical UVA crowd. It was too white and too rich for my tastes and that really hindered my experience. Once you look past UVA's image, you realize what an amazing school it is. There are so many traditions and events on Grounds. You can always find something to do because you have such easy access to downtown. I love the classes of taken and I've met some really wonderful people who are outside of the UVA mold. UVA is the kind of school where your experience is what you make of it.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball team is really good. Football not so much, but games are well attended. Expect to meet lots of athletes living in New Dorms and expect to hear about them winning national championships. Students and alumni go wild during basketball and football seasons.

The AFC is the centerpiece for the gyms available to all students, and JPJ is the main competitive training area. Plenty of exercise equipment and space spread around Grounds.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding off-campus housing after first-year is somewhat daunting. There are tons of nice apartments, buildings, and club houses around. People begin frantically looking for apartments and signing contracts in October and November with people they don't really know yet. There are still plenty of places to sign onto if you wait until December or even later. Most off-campus housing is around 14th Street and Jefferson Park Avenue. If you want to bring your car, you will need to look for an apartment pretty early because parking is a luxury here.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots of big parties nearly every night of the week. It is entirely possible to go to a party every night for the first few weeks of the semester. After that, people slow down a little. Tuesday night is Pint Night (cheap beer) and Thursday-Saturday is the main party time. Many students have fake IDs so they can get into the few bars/clubs on the Corner. Plenty of Frats and house parties nearby.

Many students drink and go out multiple nights of the week, so it gets talked about a lot. You might wonder how everyone could disappear so early from the libraries on a school night.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Go to the Corner for small restaurants or quick late-night food or to Barracks Rd Shopping Center for groceries and chain restaurants. Most people eat on the Corner for cheap and you'll run into everyone you know.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I think the administration will not interfere in anything you decide to do with your time unless it begins to affect other peoples' time. Quietly drinking in dorms with friends is common, and many RAs seem not to care, but don't hold parties in your room because you will disturb the people who don't partake. If you are mindful and respectful of others, the administration will largely let you make your own adult decisions.

Open drug/alcohol use, assault, or disrespecting professors/administrators will get you reported.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I went to Runk most often and the food was pretty great, especially in the first few weeks. The buffet style, at first, seems wonderful and like you'll be eating like a king/queen. After a few weeks, you notice the same food over and over again, often the leftovers sitting out for a couple days. It gets tiring, but what else can you expect from a college dining hall?

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in a single room in Dillard Residence Hall my first year and had Runk (the best) Dining Hall only a walk down the hallway. There's heating and air conditioning, a full bathroom for the six people in the suite, cable in the common room, and enough space to hold all your stuff.

However, Gooch and Dillard are a solid mile and a half from buildings in Central Grounds, probably a mile from the science buildings. Very much isolated from friends and the rest of the school, which can be a good thing when you need to study or sleep. If you get stuck there, make friends in Old Dorms or New Dorms so you don't have to go all the way down the lonely road late at night. A bike is a must, especially if you live in Gooch or Dillard.

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.

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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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