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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Although parking is not a necessity for most students - most housing is within a very walkable distance - when you are desperately in need of a spot, there will be nothing within a mile. Or, if there is, it will be ticketed after a mere half hour or perhaps after a bit longer - if you have the luxury of landing a slightly better spot.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's beautiful in the fall and spring! Winter can be dreary, but it's worth it when spring comes around.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although the UVA student body isn't as diverse as some, most UVA students embrace those who are different from them.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have had a positive experience with Greek Life at UVA. Deferred rush is great because it allows first year students to make friends, get involved, and adjust to UVA without Greek Life. However, Greek life can easily dominate students' social lives and schedules if they allow it to do so.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Very Fun – I love the night life here. For first years, you basically just stick to the fraternities...and there's nothing wrong with that. They're almost always fun, although getting into the parties can sometimes be difficult if you don't know anyone...or someone who can get you in. Also, everything is free, which is great. There are also some great bars and occasionally some house/apartment parties. As far as transportation goes, you can always call a cab.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Charlottesville/UVA has a very welcoming and accepting atmosphere. There is great emphasis on diversity and meeting new people, as well as promoting a healthy environment and being a part of the outdoors. Everyone is encouraged to get involved in various organizations and become a part of something they like.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Charlottesville has some of the best restaurants in Virginia. There are tons of local options as well as several chains to choose from. Student favorites include Marco & Lupa's dumplings, Little John's, and Christian's Pizza. There are also a lot of upper scale dining places at the downtown mall.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: I mostly know about food options at the hospital, which are many and the food is very good. A bit pricey, though.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: There are many many options for those 21+. Also, lots of art galleries and other options if you are not into the drinking scene.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Charlottesvillians love to eat out, and there are lots of great restaurants in town, most of them locally owned.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: We have a student run Honor system that is very big on campus. However, it only really brings up people for cheating, and hardly ever addresses issues such as date rape and things like that. Students live by the honor code.. unless they are sure they won't get caught.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: UVA was recently rated "Playboys #1 party school" for a reason. the Frats and Sororities are very popular on campus and it is easy to get into a Frat on any night... if you are a girl. Sorry boys, you need a good ratio (or you need to be in a Frat). If you are not into the whole Greek life, the bar and club scene are pretty big on campus too, bars being easy to get to.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not apply for scholarships with UVA itself. However, for the nursing school in particular (which I am a part of), the Dean's office sends out weekly lists of outside scholarship opportunities that nursing students can apply for. The very first scholarship that I applied for I got!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Here at UVA frats and sororities are big on campus (I think about 30%) therefore about 30% or more of the students here are very preppy. The majority of people here are very fit, you can always find guys and girls running on campus. In terms of relationships it is basically either random hook ups or a serious dating relationship. It is hard to find guys that will just take girls out on causal dates.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: You have fraternities, bars, apartment parties, and nightclubs. If you're under 21, be careful as they have started cracking down on underage drinking.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The area around UVA is basically centered around students. Its Main Street, or the "Corner," has a large variety of restaurants both in terms of cuisine and price. Coming from New York City, I can definitely say I wasn't bored with the options. Not to mention new spots keep opening and certain places such as Starbucks will accept your plus dollars.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Charlottesville ABC has really cracked down recently, but frats are still fun. It is more difficult to get into bars now if you're under 21.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The rules on Grounds seem strict, but they are not strictly enforced. However, if you get caught, you will be punished.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: UVa has a lot of successful sport teams, and most of the games are easy to get into as a student.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: I love basketball games and the spirit there, but it could be improved with more organization amongst the student body.

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3 College Junior

Majors: I am currently interning with Environic Foundation International on a course being taught at the University of Richmond on Global Sustainable Societies. The internship is unpaid and I work about 15 hours a week.

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2 College Junior

Weather: really cold when its cld and really humid when its not

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options. Some are really cheap too. There are some that are open 24/7 which is really nice for late nights.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UVA is a pretty safe campus. Beyond the occasional email about unwanted fondlers there isn't too much to worry about. There is a Safe-Ride option for walks back from the library but it isn't very reliable.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: No one really uses the computer labs much so they are usually empty. Laptops are what everyone uses at UVA. If you needed to use a lab for some reason, there are several and plenty of computers are available too.

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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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