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Reviews 1966 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Perhaps one of the best on the uppereast coast! We definitely deliver in terms of nightlife. There's virtually a party every night during the regular semester. All of them are easily accessible via shuttle bus. If you are not into the frat parties, by all means try the bars down at the Corner.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The school's pretty much run by its students with student governance being the unique factor that sets UVA apart from many other Universities. There is a heightened form of trust here that you cannot find anywhere else. People respect each other for their varied knowledge and have an ear for what the other has to say. This social atmosphere of free-thought and opened-opinions is ideal for a university that offers such rigorous, but rewarding academic programs with excellent professors who have had years of experience teaching at the ivy-league level. In terms of social scene and campus life, there are clubs that your can join. If nothing else pleases you, well then perhaps a trip down Rugby Road will change your mind.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: UVA HAS the traditions. There are more songs, secret societies, history, landmarks, documents, chants, and famous public figures than perhaps any other University (except Princeton). Our athletic facilities are top notch. In short, the life that you will lead here will not disappoint.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Charlottesville is known for its vibrant downtown and the many selections of restaurants and entertainment that it has to offer. According to statistics, the city has more restaurants per ca pita than New York City! I can literally find a different place to eat for each of my meals and, within a month, would still not have traversed the entirety of the diverse cuisine that Charlottesville has to offer. With plenty of community events and ways to volunteer, there are no boring moments in this awesome campus town

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: With the brickwork layout and a community of individual thinkers, UVA delivers a hybrid of the traditional mixed with an atmosphere of new ideas. My personal experiences from the first semester was anything but a typical college freshmen first encounter with his university. I got involved right off the bat and with the endless list of clubs to choose from it was easy to get involved. Participating in residence hall activities and club outings gave me a huge friend-base which became my family away from home. I am having a great time at UVA and cannot wait for the next semester to begin!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a history/education major and so far everything has been going well. There are a lot of interesting classes, and if you plan everything out well you have room for electives. I took mostly electives my first year, so my schedule is kind of tight right now, like many other people I know.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: There are plenty of great options, and you have a lot of freedom. I haven't found the academics to be all that hard if you learn to manage your time, but I am a humanities person so perhaps that makes a difference. A lot of people come in determined to be pre-med or pre-comm and end up in for a rude awakening. But if you are responsible and find a program/major that works for you, it's really not bad. A lot of people change their major multiple times, so you don't need to worry if you aren't sure what you want first semester.
Professors are really friendly and helpful when you need advice. One weakness is maybe the advising program, which is practically non-existent. But professors will help you make decisions if you ask.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are always a lot of parties Thursday-Saturday. Charlottesville also has a lot of bars and some of them are very close to grounds.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There is a lot of really beautiful old-style Jeffersonian architecture. The Lawn and the Rotunda are especially nice. The newer buildings like Nau are also very nice. Nice gyms, nice libraries, mostly nice classrooms.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There is always a lot going on on campus. There's plenty of libraries and places to study. There are three nice gyms, and people here work out a lot. Clubs are always hosting events and bringing in speakers and movies. There's also a lot of old traditions...most of which I have not participated in, but still add to the enthusiasm of the students and make the school feel unique and homey.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I love basketball games. Football games are fun too but the team has been in a rut so people care less (contemporarily). Those are the big 2 sports, UVa is also really good at other sports, but of course those are less attended. People are big on school spirit too

3 College Freshman

Majors: All the majors are there. Of course, some majors (liberal arts) are stronger than others (STEM). You have the usual issues when it comes to majors, such as wait lists for classes you want and getting your schedule right. Also, the advising sucks.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity could be better but then again it is what is expected of a state school. You will always find anomalies but you shouldn't have issues when it comes to others' acceptance of your beliefs and or skin color.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: You have leniency, getting caught the first time with alcohol means a warning (unless it's something big like sexual assault). The university is big on honor so if you do get caught breaking a rule there then you'll be sent to honor court, and consequences could be pretty stiff.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety isn't much of an issue. Every now and again you will get emails about some sort of sexual assault or late night attempted robbery. If you are a girl, avoid walking alone in areas on the outskirts of campus at night (goes without saying). Nothing will probably happen but just to be safe

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very safe! Can be better, though.

3 College Senior

Administration: You can get away with a lot of things.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Bit pricy but they are great.

3 College Senior

Majors: Very difficult but professor teaches you a lot.

3 College Senior

Majors: Hope professor gave me better GPA.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Everything seems to be nearby!

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Can be better. Still, it is amazing.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Breakfast is the best. Lunch and Dinner vary.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's cafeteria food. It's convenient enough, and occasionally there will be really nice meals, but it's basically what you'd expect of a big dining hall.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is so friendly and energetic. People are involved in a million things, while still managing to find time to ace class and party. The "work hard play hard" mentality is definitely prevalent, but there are plenty of Type B people as well. Don't be scared off by some of the stereotypes about everyone being preppy or elitist...there are plenty of different kinds of people here and most of them are nice!
The hookup culture can be a bit frustrating if that's not what you're interested in. Most guys only want to hook up, besides some people who are in very serious long-term relationships.

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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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