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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Courses at uva are plentiful in variety, level, and type. Quality will vary, as there are great professors, and ones that everyone wants to avoid. Useful resources for courses and professors at UVA include the Course Forum, ratemyprofessor.com, and Lou's List. All will provide information on class sizes, levels, descriptions, and professors. Introductory classes are generally very large- 100-300 people lectures. Upper level classes can be as small as a couple students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are only so many safety measures that can be taken at any institution. UVA dorm buildings have good security, however there are no cameras, and no people stopping randos from following people in after they access the building. Crime on grounds is sparse, and the UVA Honor Code seems also to be powerful. I feel pretty safe. I would definitely be alert if walking at night alone, which is not a great idea unless completely necessary, especially for females. People tend to exaggerate the sexual assault that occurs, and some even label unwanted touching as assault. Police reports are sent out as necessary to warn people of crimes. As long as you don't wander off grounds at night, safety is excellent at UVA.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: The whole atmosphere surrounding the rush and pledging process leaves much to be desired. The rush process is terrible for girls (sororities) but the pledging process is great. It is the opposite for fraternities. Lots of hazing takes place, whether or not anyone wants to believe it. This is typical, nothing unexpected. The concept of having a group of people that you are close with and can bond with and can rely on for support is good, however the execution of joining these groups are pretty sad and inhumane. Being a member of a professional service fraternity myself, I cannot say I have experienced all this, however I have heard many stories and witnessed much of what I have described.

Students in greek life are generally regarded as partyers and people who abuse alcohol. However they are not all like this. Many are, however. Greek housing is plentiful. Most social greek organizations have houses, and even some professional organizations also have houses.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: In my personal opinion, which is obviously biased, sports didn't play any role in my selection of a school or deciding on UVA. To me, sports are irrelevant. However to the common college student at UVA, sports, especially basketball, are a large subject of conversation and students frequently attend sporting events. School spirit is great, and the athletic facilities are very impressive. There is a football stadium, a new basketball arena that also is used for concerts and presentations, and several other fields for soccer, baseball, lacrosse, etc. There are also tennis courts and a volleyball court. We have 3 main gym/workout facilities on grounds, and a couple that are a bit further away that are all well equiped and great. The Aquatic and Fitness Center on Alderman road is arguably the best.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As long as you make an effort to become involved and make friends and connections, this school will be great for you. There are so many resources at your disposal at this school, partially because of the extremely reputable, knowledgeable and experienced professors that teach here. Humans are social animals, so they need companionship. This is why the social aspect is important, at any college.

University of Virginia has many traditions that bring people together, from the beautiful lighting of the lawn, to the old tradition of streaking the lawn. The community of trust that is established there is truly an impressive accomplishment (although no system is perfect) and despite the fact that this public ivy is a relatively large school, people look out for one another and there is a positive atmosphere at this beautiful, ancient institution.

Obviously I am biased because I go to this school and have not experienced other schools, and I am not refuting the possibility that you could very well be happy at any other school and have an experience that is just as good. If UVA doesn't sound right for you, then don't choose it. I am not trying to convince you to attend this school, I am just providing perspective on my subjective experience at this university.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although the resources to hep victims of sexual assault or mental illness are in place, they do not always feel very accessible. However, generally students are aware of such health issues along with the administration and it isn't as if they try to sweep these problems under the rug.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Classes at UVA can get pretty large especially first year but as you progress through your education you will start to get into smaller classes where the class size really matters. Professors for the very large classes also make sure to have plenty of office hours for you too visit either them or their TA's also. There is a pretty good variety of courses especially within the humanities.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UVA is consistently regarded as having a very strong alumni network. There are many well off alumni of this school which can be felt from mentoring programs you can become involved with as early as first year.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing here really depends on luck. There are basically three different areas and each has its pluses and minuses. The dorms closest to classes are also the oldest and have the fewest amenities. The dorms that are furthest away from classes have less rule enforcement for the most part and are close to the stadium and one of the better dining halls. Additionally, generally only first years live in dorms here.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: As someone who is involved in Greek Life it's pretty big here and a great way to be more social and meet new people. It's not for everyone though and many of even the more academic clubs have a very social aspect to them. It isn't necessary to be a part of Greek life to have a good time.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We don't have the best football team but hopefully that's going to change and UVA kills at pretty much every other sport. intramurals and club sports are also really popular and competitive due to most varsity teams being so strong.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of Virginia is a great school. I wouldn't describe the academic scene as competitive although it can be at times. More so many clubs and organizations are "prestigious" and competitive to become involved in leading one to experience a possible sensation of social rejection. There are many organizations that are not this way and everyone finds their place by the end of four years though. Also, there is a great party scene and Greek life if you're interested but not everyone gets involved and not having rush until the spring allows people to be involved outside of their Greek organizations.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Lots of parties all the time, I've never felt like I was sitting alone and didn't have somewhere to go. Being underage is never a problem. Just get a good fake and you'll be fine.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Lots of parties all the time, I've never felt like I was sitting alone and didn't have somewhere to go. Being underage is never a problem.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics ar UVA are great, but they can become too stressful too quickly.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There is little diversity at the school, and those who are minorities don't really get much a say in things here. It's not a great situation to be honest.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Everyone at UVA drinks, and if you don't, it's noticeable. Anyone saying otherwise is just trying to convince you to come here. In terms of drugs, I definitely see it everywhere, and that's not a huge problem. I personally have no problem with drug use, and other than excessive study drugs that start taking a toll on people mentally, I don't see many drug problems here.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is the biggest problem here, by far. Other safety issues are really a nonissue, as long as you don't go around at 3 am advertising your valuables to anyone that can hear you. But sexual assault is a definite issue, and as much as the university has tried to help, there is a certain point where their traditional methods of prevention just aren't helping.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my class sizes - other than a few intro classes that you might take your First Year, you'll generally be in small classes with professors that really do get to know you. And if you come in with AP/IB credits, you will almost certainly not have to take many gen-ed or intro classes. In terms of professors, I've met some of the best role models through my classes, and love a lot of them. There will always be a few who are just going through the motions, but my experience has been great nearly across the board, and I stay in contact with my professors, as many of them are eager to connect me with jobs, opportunities, and people that are relevant to my interests.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You can basically get any job you want if you do well at UVA. There's no way around that. Name recognition is huge, the alumni network is way bigger than you'd expect, and almost every industry has dozens of UVA grads waiting to hire the next generation of Wahoos. You can have a lot of issues with the school, but the one thing you can't complain about is the ability to get hired.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Biggest issue is how expensive housing is at UVA. Despite the fact that there is literal housing crisis in the city of Charlottesville, the options at UVA often go unfilled because of how prohibitively expensive they are. The only consolation is that after First Year, you aren't required to live on Grounds, so you can cut your rent in half in many instances.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a lot of issues with the Greek scene, including pervasive racism, sexism, and homophobia. They are generally a large group of wealthy, privileged white kids who don't want to look outside the bubble that is Rugby Road (the road most Greek organizations are located on). It's pretty big here, but if you want to avoid it, it's not that hard.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: While I definitely have reservations about the privileged culture that pervades UVA, the academics and opportunities provided by the school are by far the best of any school in the state, and certainly among the best in the country. There's always going to be something wrong with the school in terms of its students' obsession with status and fixation on money and privilege, but you'd be hard-pressed to find another school that will prepare you for the world as well as UVA.

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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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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