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4 College Freshman

Administration: UVA is about as good as it gets as far as campus strictness goes. The University police are super lax. Like at Block Party (a huge party at the beginning of the year) they just stand there and make sure no drunk people get run over. Charlottesville police are more strict. They say no drinking in the dorms but really everyone does it. If you have a chill RA and you shut your door you'll be fine but there are a few strict RA that will screw you over if you get caught. First offense isn't bad but by third you face serious consequences. If you wanna smoke, its actually better to do it in the open because no one expects it. Police monitor places like the graveyard and other places that people would typically go to smoke.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: UVA, while being very diverse, the most visible people are those in the Greek community and oh man, sorority girls are incredible here. Typical hot, blond type but because it's UVA, they are also really smart. One of the traditions here is "guys in ties, girls in pearls" for football games and so everyone always looks nice.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: It is well known that as far as rankings go, UVA is one of the best academic schools in the country but it's not until you get here that you really realize how incredible they are. I'm in the engineering school and while the e-school is not as recognized as much as some of the other schools, it is top notch. As soon as you tell someone you're in the e-school they wince and say "I'm sorry" because they know it entails so much work. Class size varies a lot. My calculus class has 30 people in it but my Chemistry class has 400 people in it so it completely depends. The professors have all been great. Even the ones I didn't like because they gave a lot of work, the workload actually ended up helping me. UVA's motto is work hard, play hard and Sunday through Thursday morning, you can definitely feel the work hard attitude.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are great in Cville. Bodo's bagels is by far the best bagel shop in town and they have three different locations! Blue Grass Grille is another great breakfast spot and they are located near the downtown mall. Lunch should be had at Little Johns, Take It Away, or Christians Pizza. Casual dinner spots that are good include Micheal's Bistro and Downtown Thai. Zocalo is a great restaurant on the downtown mall but is very expensive!

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: It is really easy to avoid the drug scene at UVA, but peer pressure is a huge issue in Greek life. I have personally never seen any drugs used except for alcohol, but I didn't go to many parties. There are plenty of clubs and organizations to be involved in if you want to stay out of this scene.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Important criteria for admission to the undergraduate program are your essays and your extracurricular/volunteer activities. UVA really prides itself on diversity so be creative with your essays and make sure to really be involved in high school. Obviously a good GPA (>3.5) helps, but the last thing they look at is SAT scores. So even if you have a 1600 SAT, that doesn't really guarantee you will be accepted. Show you really want to go here - email the Dean of Students or attend an information session - anything to get your name out there other than your application.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I majored in nursing undergrad and would highly recommend this program to high school students and give it an A+. The current graduate program I am in gets a B because I'm not very happy with the online course. I hope to be a board certified PNP and have some hesitations about finding a job but that is mainly because I am unsure what type of setting I would like to work in.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I am in the PNP program and I am learning a lot from my courses that are in class; however, the online classes could be a lot better. The PowerPoint presentations get posted every week, but there is no lecture which makes it very difficult to learn. I am self-teaching and could probably find a free online course to teach me this information instead of paying a whole lot of money for it. Overall, I do really enjoy this program and think the workload is fair. The facilities are outstanding.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Permit costs are fairly average; however, parking is far away from the campus (depending on where you are going). There is a bus system that will take you there, but you have to coordinate getting there with the bus system. The parking is extremely regulated on campus. I was parking in 2 hour parking and was literally, 5 minutes late getting to my care and already had a ticket. Seriously?

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The food is decent when you're really hungry. You will learn to find your 'favorite' dining hall where you can find your standard go-to options. Then, of course, there are days when every option seems appealing and you should sample them all. Luckily, there are a lot of great local restaurants. Also, the meal plan option of 'plus dollars' is great!

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Uva is really a spectacular university. The grounds are very well kept and the university is truly beautiful year around. There are always people out for a run, and many go to the AFC for the gym and it's classes. The libraries are large and a great place to study for all people. There are so many clubs, organizations, intramural sports, etc. for students to join. One of the biggest hot spots around grounds is The Corner, which has a few restaurants, shopping places, CVS, and FroYo.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in the old dorms for your first year is ideal. They are close to most classes, dining options, and other facilities. The newer dorms are nice but they are farther away and walking places can be a hassel. There aren't many desirable options for second years other than Lambeth which is kind of far. After second year, most people live off grounds unless they become RAs.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Weather in Charlottesville is actually pretty random. In a typical week during the fall it could be in the 40s one day and in the upper 60s another.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Depends on the day, dining hall, and your taste. There is about to be a new dining hall so hopefully that improves things.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our football team isn't that great, but there is still a lot of support and fun to be had! There are always ways to get involved in sports of your own, as well.

3 College Freshman

Technology: A lot of them have many programs that are useful, but I had one engineering program that would crash every time I used it on the library computers.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I believe UVA has one of the highest restaurant per capita statistics on the East Coast. The food selection around here is phenomenal and everywhere I've been, I've been impressed. It costs a bit more to eat here than it does in smaller towns, but it's not prohibitive.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: UVA offers a rigorous, yet rewarding, academic program. After the registration process (which can be a nightmare), the classes and professors are engaging and informative. The workload is bearable and well within the ability of anyone who gets through the admissions process. There is a lot of focus on group study in certain classes, but to each their own (I tend to study alone). That being said, the libraries are great places to study, but can become a bit noisy and crowded near exam time.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The degree program I am in, Biology, is a very attractive program. There is a wide enough array of classes that you can take which ones you are most interested in. It can be competitive, but not unbearably so.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The delays and inefficiencies of the process of reporting and applying external scholarships almost got me kicked out my first year, but it was smoother after that. UVA rewards students who have need with internal aid, at the expense of real merit scholarships.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only problems I've ever encountered are rowdy drunk people. It's not hard to avoid the party scene though, so everything feels really secure.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Being a more traditional and conservative university, UVA doesn't offer as many contemporary majors you could find in more liberal colleges. It focuses on more academic and traditional majors, such as English, Biology, History. The quality of offered majors are excellent, though.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's edible. But given a choice most people steer clear of dining hall food.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There's a large selection and range of off campus housing. Regardless of what you're looking for there will definitely be something that'll meet your standards, whether that's quality of lifestyle or pricing.

4 College Junior

Academics: McIntire School of Commerce offerse a strong platform that will put you in a strong position for the business world.

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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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