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Reviews 1943 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For the amount of money we pay for tuition, the quality of food and variety should be much better.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of options are very expensive.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Sometimes the times on the bus app for mobile phones are unreliable.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Depends on who you hang out with, but students are mostly very caring of one another, even when there is a lot of drinking.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Virginia weather changes every 5 minutes, but we've got all four seasons. It's very hot at the beginning of each school year and some dorms still don't have A/C.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Ultimately, very safe. Mostly because the students are encouraged to care for one another and they encourage one another to do things safely. There's always a lot of drinking, but mostly drinkers hurt themselves and not others. Theft is very low due to the Honor Code. There are a lot of unlit or sketchy areas off-grounds.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Some housing is really old and some is brand new. The fire code is a bit restrictive. UVA students are awesome.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The Psychology program is very hands-off. The Jewish Studies program was small, intimate, and amazing.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: UVA is selective for a reason- the calibre of its students is top-notch. Ivy League. There are some amazing classes and lots of variety, but there are always a few tough classes/professors. Registration is annoying but okay. I sometimes wish my classes prepared me for my field a little better, though.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: UVA is all about diversity and it's a wonderful experience to meet people of different backgrounds if you take advantage of all the diversity around you.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: It's great! But far more people attend football games and men's basketball games. The other sports don't get many student spectators.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Spots fill up quickly and best not to drive around the football games because parking is terrible and there is traffic and reroutes. Try to get off-campus housing with parking available because street-parking is available but can be annoying.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There's a group for everyone here, which is why it's awesome. It's hard to characterize the students as a whole, even though we have a reputation for being very preppy.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Nothing beats the Charlottesville area in terms of culture and scenery. The feeling on grounds is fantastic and many locals are very supportive and involved with the University and provide opportunities to students. However, there is some crime in the area with locals robbing students. Parking can be an issue but it's only just a bother- not impossible.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: While I was at UVA, the school removed many of the computers and computer labs, but it was usually easy to find a computer in the largest computer labs. The network was fantastic.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is very little variety, and somehow they found a way to make everything taste the same.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Many people abuse drugs and alcohol. It is very available, and fake IDs work almost everywhere.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: People get too crazy on 14th and Wertland St. If you're not involved in Greek life, you are either very lucky or missing out, depending on your opinion of how drunk a person should reasonably be, and how much you like to grind against strangers.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The facilities are beautiful (generally) but resident advisers tend to abuse their power, in my experience.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are many scholarships available to apply for.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: If you want to find diversity, you need to look for it.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains quite a lot, but sunny days on grounds make up for everything.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't drive, but my friends usually have difficulty finding spots around grounds.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I usually agree with the administration's degree of strictness in dealing with policy violations. I find that the honor code system is fair and works well.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a non-Greek, it seems to me that Greek life is about buying friends and getting drunk. Sororities and fraternities throw charity events because they have to, and do not really engage genuinely in the Charlottesville community life. The culture is generally very elitist and Greeks seem to look down upon non-Greeks.

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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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