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4 College Student

Local Area: Charlottesville is a beautiful small city with a LOT of things to do - as long as you go looking!

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3 College Student

Greek Life: Frats go hard on Friday nights, but otherwise, there aren't a lot of frat parties. There are a few top-tier frats that are very competitive, but if you really want to get into a frat, it's not that hard. About 1/3 of the students here are a part of Greek Life: sorority membership is much more common (or at least obvious), and the sororities are more respected than the fraternities.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus locations are easy to find (there's a TON of advertising for them), and the options are usually pretty nice. Housing options are usually somewhat close to Central Grounds, but a bus ride is likely required to get to class.

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: There isn't peer pressure outside of parties and frats, and if you don't want to drink - you'll definitely find a group of non-drinkers. The University Police don't typically bust people for drinking, and are mostly concerned with getting students home safely. Some people smoke weed, but it's a pretty small minority. Very few people do hard drugs.

Drinking in dorms usually gets busted, however, so you have to go out typically.

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: New dorms are very comfortable and nice inside, but a lot of first-years also live in old dorms, which are 50 years old and lack air conditioning. It's just luck of the draw as to where you end up.

Once you move off-Grounds (or to upper-year housing), it gets better, although you are a bit farther from your classes. Some dorms are literally next to classroom buildings, which makes going to class convenient.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There's a decent selection of restaurants nearby, but you'd have to take a trip of 15 minutes or so to get Downtown, where there are way more food options.

4 College Student

Scholarships: The aid packages are quite good here, but they do expect your family to make a contribution. There are a lot of grants given by AccessUVA (especially to out-of-state students), which is the University's aid program.

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3 College Student

Transportation: The bus system isn't really that great, and getting to the airport is difficult (except around Thanksgiving, when the University provides shuttles). We use a smartphone app to see where buses are, however, which is pretty nifty. Getting to the Amtrak station or downtown Charlottesville is pretty easy - and students can ride any bus for free.

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4 College Student

Diversity: There are people from all sorts of countries and backgrounds, though students mostly come from the East Coast. It's very easy to find a group based on your politics, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It varies season to season. Cold winters, sweltering summers, and everything in between.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There are a variety of major options. Some are more annoying than others but the career services are very helpful

3 College Freshman

Majors: The College is the largest and is fairly easy to get into. There are other options like engineering, school of commerce, and school of education.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are one of the top rated in the country. Workload varies on what classes you take.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The police are visible and willing to help; they are pretty lenient.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a lot to do on The Corner and the Downtown Mall. There are areas off grounds to go shopping. DC is 2 hours away for museums.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Corner and the Downtown Mall offer many different options

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is covered by the CAT and the UTS. They both are pretty reliable. Everything else is within walking distance.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are definitely stereotypes. However, the general crowd is accepting of others.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Hard to get decent aid for upper tier income levels

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very influential despite only 30% participation rate. Most large social events revolve around Greek life.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not that noticeable. There are many other options if you don't want to and there is not pressure to if you don't want to. The most prevalent is alcohol though.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic scene isn't overpowering, but many take time to exercise and participate in various sports.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many restaurants! Tons of delicious ethnic options and good quality restaurants. Trader Joe's and Harris Teeter help with grocery shopping.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Plenty of printers and labs available, but it gets busy near exam time. Personal computers are pretty much necessary.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A little pricey, but worth it in my opinion. First year old dorms are not as nice as new dorms, but have a better location. Gooch/Dillard is far away from central grounds. Brown is convenient, and the IRC has a lively community.

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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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