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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Many ethnic groups band together and stray little from their respective groups. As an Indian who is not part of the Indian Association (which is insular), I feel somewhat ostracized from that community, and I must find my place elsewhere. My friends are from a wide variety of organizations. I generally feel accepted, but there are acceptance issues throughout the community. I've heard rumors of certain frats/sororities trying to look at potential members' incomes throughout the bidding process.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm not living off-campus, but prices are reasonable to high in the Charlottesville area. Leases must be signed at the start of a school year in order to gain housing for next year, as desirable places are taken quickly.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: Policies on alcohol usage are fairly lax.

Honor code is taken extremely seriously.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Very poor enforcement but students are responsible

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus trans is great! Zipcar is useful but pricy!

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5 College Freshman

Technology: Labs are ok. Wifi is really well covered and fast!

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Basically only 1st years live in dorms. They rock!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Incredible. 2nd most restaurants per capita in US!

5 College Freshman

Majors: Lots of choices. A number of them need apps to get

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm studying Envi Sci and Econ. Love them both!!

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not a lot of aid besides Jeff Scholars for merit!

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Stellar at everything but football. Great IMs!

5 College Freshman

Local Area: C-ville has 2nd most restaurants per capita in US!

5 College Freshman

Administration: Very relaxed. Not a visible force on Grounds....

4 College Freshman

Weather: Lots of seasonality. Some rain/snow but more sun!!

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I just signed a lease for next year and was quite pleased with both the means and the ends!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics here are stellar. Brilliant, engaging, helpful professors are the norm. Though I don't have experience with faculty in every department, my first hand combined with what I've heard from friends points towards high quality across the board. Research is generally quite accessible to undergraduates who put in initiative towards getting involved. As an Environmental Science and Economics double major my work load SHOULD be pretty big, but it isn't at all! I don't have to spend excessive time on my school work and so have plenty of time to play games with friends, relax and get involved in clubs (CIOs). Love, love, love.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity at the University is reaching towards being average. Although people like to self segregate without even realizing it.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Administration: The University if very lenient in a lot of aspects in a way that I feel as though I am pretty much on my own. I barely ever have a authority figure in my presence making sure rules are regulated. They give us a lot of freedom because we pledge under the honor code to follow it.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: The internet connection has barely ever feeled with me. And i am able to use the Wi-Fi i believe everywhere on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The University has just built alot of new dorms which are amazing inside. However, since its a lottery on which dorm you will get as a First Year you aren't guaranteed living in these new dorms which have absolutely everything a student will need. If you don't get these dorms there is Gooch/Dillard and old dorms which are just average. The cost for all first year dorms are mostly these same with like a $100 difference if you live in new dorms I believe. Also, old dorms are extremely close to classes with less that a five minute walk. Also, Gooch/Dillard are singles. All the first years dorms have a social aspect to it just in some places like Gooch/Dillard yo actually have to make an effort to get to know people because you have your own space and room.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't really tried much since I have a meal plan which allows me not to really have to look outside for off campus food.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: We have the UTS which is the university bus system which comes every 10 minutes during school days so very useful. Also, there is taxis and SafeRide which one can call and use however SafeRide is at night and very convenient instead of walking home at night its gets you back to your dorm safely.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Computers are very accessable at UVA.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not a lot of financial aid for freshman!!

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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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