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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: No university is perfect when it comes to safety. University of Virginia has had its share of shifty occurrences ranging from sexual assault to drugs. Walking on grounds (the term used at UVA in place of 'campus') at night is relatively safe but safety precautions, such as walking in groups, is highly recommended.

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3 College Junior

Majors: Internship availabilities depend on the major you are pursuing. As a master's student in a fairly small field, my best options are working alongside professors as they complete their research outside the classroom. Even though internships in my field are few and far between, I have held a student teaching job as a teaching assistant. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the students who are curious, hardworking people.

3 College Junior

Majors: I pursued my field because of my passion for language, culture and identity. I wanted to know more about how these issues interact with each other and where they meet on a practical level. Linguistics has many dimensions to it from brain and language studies, to language teaching and translation, to language policy and education, language and immigration and the list goes on. The toughest part is figuring out which of these fields has practical returns such as a job. With the knowledge I have acquired, and coupled with my Communications degree, I am hoping to continue on a professorship track but also return to the communications industry and apply what I have learned by writing, research, and broadcasting.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Since I'm an international student, the scholarships availed to me are limited. What's more, being a master's student means my grant and funding is restricted to my work. So I cannot say that scholarships come by easily for students in my status. I would strongly advise international students considering this school to have their funding squared away for the entire time of their studies. You do not want to come here with the promise of one covered year and then panic for lack of funding in subsequent years.

That said, when I first applied to the university, I was upfront about my financial situation. The department I'm in stepped in and provided funding for the first year of study. There was no incredible paperwork for me and the process run smoothly. Now that the year is almost up, I am looking for other sources. (Please see my advice above).

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining at the University of Virginia is probably one of its selling points. As soon as you drive onto University Avenue, the local restaurants lined along a brick pavement liken the street to a scene out of Gilmore Girls. The food is also good and it varies from Chinese tastes at Marco & Luca, Mediterranean meals from The Fig to the all-American choices from Boylan Heights. These are only three of more than fifteen restaurants. By the way, if you ever come down to the university and hear people using the term "The Corner," they are referring to the University Avenue with its strip of restaurants. The restaurants are right across from the university's Brooks Hall and therefore they are conveniently located to a point.

Costs for meals are higher than the typical student would like; therefore, if you want to eat out every night or even twice a week, you must be ready to pay up. Student discounts are available but certainly not greatly advertised which is understandable since these businesses need to make some kind of profit.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports, especially basketball, is a huge deal at University of Virginia. When the school is playing at home, there are tons of students, parents and alumni who come in from out of Charlottesville just to watch the games. Traffic is a nuance on basketball weekends but the air is filled with energy and anticipation for a win. In fact, this season, the Hoos have been dominating the ACC tournament as a favorite underdog since their last tournament win in 1976. They have gotten to the Sweet 16 and their next match is with Michigan State. Hopefully the streak of wins follows through.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are buses to take you around at night but they take forever and they will all come together behind one another which is annoying. So I always walk. Gets crowded on the streets with people who live around here and aren't students.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather changes randomly to cold and hot. Even recently, snowing in March. It affected me because I got sick often and didn't go outside because it was too cold.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Average, not bad, but not great.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My family received some aid, but not quite enough to make us comfortable.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of wealthy upperclass white students here. In greek life, there is a lot of racial and class segregation.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Excluding our football team, our sports teams nationally rank regularly.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Usually a frat party or two every night of the weekend, not my scene. Can't go to bars yet. No movie theaters in walking distance or easy bus access.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on grounds.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The meal plans are expensive and the options in the dining halls aren't great.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: a lot of libraries to go to, great study spaces, a lot of places to hang out

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: campus life is great, social scene is bumpin, everything is great

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are all amazing and educated

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is possibly the best place ever, I never want to leave

5 College Freshman

Majors: once you are in the program, you know you are set, and good to go

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5 College Freshman

Majors: There are so many opportunities and UVA does a great job in helping students get them

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: whenever i leave charlottesville, it makes me appreciate just how safe it is here

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I have met so many different types of people here, and they are all accepted

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Students are VERY supportive of the athletic teams

players are appreciated

4 College Freshman

Weather: sometimes it rains a lot, but it could be a lot worse!

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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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