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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life here is mainly social. There are sorority and frat houses to live in, I am a girl and know that most girls live in the house their third year. They also have caterers and chefs for dinner and lunch. Not being greek here really doesn't matter too much, its not like you won't fit in or anything

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Nightlife includes bars on the corner if you are 21 and up or have a fake ID. Nightlife other than that includes parties on campus (that cost and are sort of a hit or miss), and frat house parties one rugby if you aren't quite 21

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The fall is beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous here. And winters aren't too cold. The spring is nice as well. But honestly we live for falls at UVA

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On grounds you're really safe. And for the most part off grounds in the general UVA living area. But it is a city and there are some crime-prone areas.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Charlottesville rocks food-wise. There's so many great places on the corner and downtown, which is only a 5 minute drive/20 minute walk away.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Old dorms rock and are so close to everything, but no a/c for your first year in most cases. Second year dorms are much further away, but do have a/c.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: They are competitive to get what you want, but UVA is top rank in basically everything they offer, you will learn a ton and you will get a great high paying job

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: they are building BRAND NEW dorms that look like you are staying in a 5 star hotel! huge TV's, pool halls, video games, computers, study rooms, etc

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: So many people from so many different places in the world, i have become very cultured. UVA has makes it a priority to recruit a very diverse student body.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls themselves are pretty average, and the menus tend to be somewhat redundant, but every meal plan allows for a certain number of plus dollars which can be used at a number of other places around Grounds. The majority of people tend to find these options significantly better, and many offer chances to exchange a meal swipe, saving you money and improving the food.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UVa was definitely the right choice for me. I have loved every second of being here, and already there have been so many opportunities to get involved in innumerable clubs and activities. The diversity here is incredible as well, and I've gotten to meet so many people with such unique backgrounds and experiences. The architecture and overall vibe that the historic Grounds displays is entirely unparalleled. The UVa motto really is "work hard, play hard", and I've never met so many people who excel at both. I have never been so proud, privileged and humbled to be in one place in my life, and every single day I am so happy to just be here.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The school bus system runs pretty often, and it covers all the bases on Grounds. They even run on Friday and Saturday nights until 2 in the morning. The schedule has them coming by every 15 minutes, and I've never had to wait that long for one.

Other options to go downtown, or out of town are available publicly that come through a decent amount as well.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: UVA's honor code is the best. It keeps honesty and integrity. Another thing I love about UVA is the fact that it's not that strict. There are no front desks at the dorms, and if you want to drink, that's fine. UVA actually treats you like an adult. They won't stop you from doing stupid things, but won't come to rescue you from the consequences either. Just don't lie, cheat, or steal. Oh, and don't do drugs either. You'll get in deep trouble if you're caught with drugs.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I will be majoring in neuroscience and that requires a good decade of learning. I have heard from friends that used to attend that the school will set you up with opportunities to witness surgeries and get a taste for the field. I don't believe it is paid, but I desire plenty of study and practice before I will let myself operate on someone's brain.

3 College Senior

Weather: Rains a Lot – It rains a lot, especially during the fall and spring, but I think you get used to it. Most students are prepared with rain boots and umbrellas and if rain is in the forecast they know to be prepared. It may create problems going from class to class or walking back home but it just takes time to adapt to.

3 College Senior

Majors: Difficult but Interesting – The program is very demanding but I think there is a lot to learn and the instructors are very knowledgeable in their fields so they offer great resources. I like the material I learn and even though this university has very difficult academics it prepares us for the real world and presents us with many opportunities for the future.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Good but Could Be Better – Transportation is readily accessible but sometimes the buses are not on time or don't come at all and the bus detection methods are not reliable. Most of the time the online bus tracker works but there is limited transportation available on weekends and that makes it difficult to do a lot. The good thing is it's free to use the university buses and city buses are free to use with a student ID.

3 College Junior

Weather: Mild Winters – Beautiful in the Spring and Fall, summers can be hot, winters quite mild, mostly sunny days

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3 College Senior

Technology: Bring Your Laptop – They have recently decrease the amount of computers on campus so the labs available fill up quickly.Printing is reasonably price and there are printers in every library. Every brings their laptops with them usually so it is a definitely essential necessity. WiFi is available anywhere on grounds so its nice to sit outside and browse the computer.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Walking or Busing – What is great about UVa is that everything is in walking distance. If you do need to go somewhere further there are buses available free of charge for students. First years cannot bring cars on grounds but it really didn't make a difference for me. Buses have a pretty good schedule so the transportation system is really great.

3 College Senior

Weather: If you like every season, then UVa is the perfect place for you. It snows, it gets hot, it rains. The weather is different almost every day. I love it though, its perfect mountain weather.

4 College Senior

Academics: Classes for All Interests and Great Professors – I came to UVa first interested in engineering, but I appreciated how they tried to incorporate as many humanities into the engineering as possible in order to create a good balance of types of classes. I eventually changed into the general college to study chemistry moreso for personal reasons than the academics. But overall, there is SUCH a variety of classes offered and literally some of the best professors in the nation teach here. Yes the name UVa is associated with "prestige" but the academics here are truly unparalleled to other colleges. Professors are always available to give help and advice and are very proud of this university as much as everyone else.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Is Everywhere – Most students tend to live off campus by their third year. Housing ranges from apartments, to townhouses, to houses both within walking distance all the way to driving to campus. Both the JPA/stadium side and the corner side of campus have an abundance of housing ranging from $500/month to $800/month

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: See What You Want – While the frat houses visibly allow underage drinking, there are other social venues that have no drug nor alcohol usage.

4 College Senior

Local Area: The Place to Be – Charlottesville has so much to offer. The corner which is right by campus is very active at night while the Downtown mall is a great outdoor shopping and eating arena. There are Fridays at Five concerts at the mall every week for free! Charlottesville also has great winery's, hiking trails, and a fantastic farmer's market on saturday mornings.

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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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