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Reviews 1949 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on this campus. There are many blue lights and ways to get home safely.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: anything beats dining hall food

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: very limited after fist year

4 College Freshman

Academics: hard, some professors are bad some are great

3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is completely lenient with underage drinking and drinking in dorms. There is a huge party scene, but you don't have to be apart of it, there are plenty of other opportunities for sober fun in the Charlottesville area.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't know anyone who has been sexually assaulted, but the recent Rolling Stone article has brought light to issues. Personally, I don't like how President Sullivan handled the situation, but it seems like there are resources available to support victims on campus. Dean Groves seems more of leader when it comes to safety than the President.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our football isn't too great, and we don't have the fan support like big southern schools, but games are super fun! The good ol' song is one of my favorite traditions. Our basketball team is undefeated and even beat VCU this year! There are tons of opportunities for club and inter mural too. Oh, and we have the largest hot tub east of the Mississippi and a sauna open to students!

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There are great opportunities for outdoor activities in the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains! Hiking Old Rag is a must do and there are always clubs going to pick apples at Carter's Mountain in the fall! Without a car it can be hard to get to these places but the Outdoor Club helps with transportation. The downtown mall is a great place for shopping and small concerts. JPJ, our basketball arena, has big concerts with Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I think I would have done better at a smaller school, I'm personally not a fan of the large lectures because it makes me feel like a number. However, there are so many classes to choose from.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Beware of the rush to find housing in october of freshmen year! Think about it, that's ridiculous to find roommates after only 1 month of school! The prices are high for off grounds housing, but the price of living in Charlottesville may play into that. There are a ton of choices though!

5 College Freshman

Majors: Unlike majors within the college of arts and sciences, architecture students apply to there major basically through the university application because it's a separate school. I love the school of architecture! It's taught be to look at the world differently and imagine solutions to problems rather than accepting them. The reason I say it's not worth the price is because I have friends in Europe who go to college for free. In the US, college is a business, and the school is making tons of money off you!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: New dorms are clean, green, and have many amenities but for me, it was a little less than a mile away from my classes at the Architecture school, it's a lot better for students in other schools. There are study rooms and living rooms on each floor. I have friends in Gooch/Dillard and they complain of an even longer commute.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frats rule the party scene and there's really not many other options for partying as a first year, because most of your friends live in dorms as well.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Administration is really active and I think they truly try to listen to students.

3 College Freshman

Majors: There's not a whole lot of variety in choice of majors at UVA. Schools like GMU and JMU have much better selections. Coming in undecided, this is something I wish I had explored further before choosing a school. I plan on getting an internship next summer, I think the process may be difficult, but that I will find one eventually. The hardest thing about internships is that most of them are unpaid, which sucks for a college student who is going to be in double digit debt when she graduates.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: At first it seems like there is a lot to do off-grounds, and there is, but there's not much variety and I can tell I might have to do some serious searching for things to do that I haven't done five million times before.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: UVA does not offer many scholarships, and I ended up needing to take out more loans than I had originally anticipated. Most scholarships are for students who come from obscure states or for upperclassmen, and there aren't a very many scholarships available.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe walking around grounds by myself at night, however, I do get a little nervous if I'm walking by myself and a large group of guys walks by or if I leave grounds by myself.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are gyms all over the place, but the way they are set up makes it a little intimidating and unpleasant to work out because everyone is looking at you (the treadmills are arranged in a half-circle). The libraries are plentiful and have a variety of hours. Grounds is absolutely beautiful - I love walking around. Buses to the downtown mall and the corner is within walking distance, so there are some things to do off-campus. Also, Carter's Mountain Apple Orchard and Monticello!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have much experience with off-campus housing, but some of it is pretty far away, though public transportation is easily accessible.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: First years have unlimited swipes, which is great. Plus dollars can be used for lots of things, including a dumpling food truck, pizza, Chinese, and coffee shops located in the libraries and classroom buildings. The only time lines are really a problem is during lunch rush. There's not a huge variety of food and some nights there isn't really anything that sounds appetizing, but the food always tastes good.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many people are in relationships, but a lot of people are looking for casual hookups because they don't have time for relationships or don't want to commit. There are a wide variety of guys and girls regarding looks and interests.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Parties are exciting, safe and fun to blow off steam from studying and meeting new people. There is usually nothing too crazy going on that poses a threat to party-goers. It is a good time overall for anyone going.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: UVA is located in Charlottesville, Virginia which is a mid-sized town with more attractions and far more populated than other in-state schools like James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. If you enjoy hikes and seeing nature there are many areas around UVA where you can go. It is located about 2 hours from Washington, DC and 1 Hour from Richmond so UVA students have convenient access to big cities as well.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is HUGE at the University of Virginia. Although I was not a member of a fraternity, I can say that Greek societies seem to make positive contributions to the overall well-being of UVA and the surrounding community with the number of service projects they spearheaded throughout the academic 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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