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Reviews 1943 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: have not had an internship.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not so easy to find solely merit based aid.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am focusing in Social Studies, and more specifically psychology in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program with the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. I love that my school is designed specifically for students like myself who are working full time and also want to finish their undergraduate degree. The small class size really lends itself to effective class discussion. My program is writing focused, which forces me to evaluate my thoughts and effectively express them in writing.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I am not on the main campus, so I don't have the chance to interact with the younger undergraduates. The students in my program in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies are of varying ages, walks of life, and styles. There is not a great amount of diversity in terms of ethnic background or race, but there are different perspectives brought to every discussion.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: I find the professors to be very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. They make their classes interactive and apply concepts to real life and world events. The workload can be tough to manage at times, but I appreciate the focus on critical thinking.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: The nightlife is abundant, however they are mostly at frat parties which are plenty. House parties are also abundant, and free. since uva is in charlottesville, the closet city is DC,which is where students tend to go weekends. There are also some bars and club nearby, although not as plenty.

9 people found this useful Report
1 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: the drug scene at uva is not very big, although it depends on who your hanging out with. Drinking is much more popular.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a Psychology Major and I absolutely love it. It is a pretty big program, which is not my favorite, but the professors are all extremely passionate about their work. There are a lot of different types of classes to choose from and they are all very interesting. The workload of the typical Psychology class is a lot of reading, of course, but it is interesting material.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am out of state and am paying a very reasonable price because UVA does its best to meet 100% of need

20 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: It randomly rains here and my biggest advice to new students is to pack rain boots and a rain coat! The winter is also extremely cold and snowy and handled illy here in Charlottesville. The summer is nice, although sometimes too hot, our spring and autumn are absolutely breath-taking.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It really depends. We obviously are more academic based however we do have some very attractive people. Our girls try to be very classy and well-dressed or poised although we do have every stereotype of college girl here. For boys, many fit in the average column while many also fall below as skinnier and nerdy. Although, that being said we do have a handful of extremely attractive well-rounded people.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are many places where computers are available to you as a student, including a large media center in Clemons library. However, there are few and it is much easier to have your own. We do have a very quick and knowledgeable computer technician at our bookstore and the wireless is extremely accesible for all devices while very safe and fast.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Diversity: We do very much accept different races here; however, there is some self segregation of certain ethnicities that seem to be impermeable. Economic background, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation all are handled well and are rarely even noticied among our scholars. We very much accept everyone or at least to the point of respecting their own opinions.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are all sorts of things to do at UVA. If you are willing to put yourself out there and try new things, then you will almost never be bored. They have clubs and activities for just about everything and if you can't find one you like then UVA is so student run that you can literally make one. They have a really nice fitness center and tons of great places to study (including the Harry Potter room!). They is such a great sense of community here and all the traditions are so much fun to be a part of.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Scholarships: UVA doesn't give out many scholarships. All my financial aid only consisted of things I could get from the government. Any scholarships they offer are very prestigious and most people don't get them.

9 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on grounds isn't too bad. There are garages and parking lots all over so you will more than likely be able to get a spot. Most people walk or use bikes and buses anyways.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The corner has ok restaurant, better food is downtown.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking is more popular, binging is more problematic.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Administration: The University has high standards, but they treat cases fairly

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Strong public transportation options for the most part

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: UVa has recently constructed several brand new dorms that are very centrally located and look like hotels. If you get to live in these new dorms you are going to be in heaven, since the older dorms (which will probably be torn down in a few years) are much smaller and some even lack A/C. Hopefully you get lucky!

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: We were voted #1 Party School by Playboy for a reason. The nightlife is so diverse at UVa that its guaranteed that you will find a crowd that matches your partying desires and preferences. The nightlife definitely picks up significantly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, however, Tuesday nights are typically big at the bars since they offer spectacular specials. No matter what you are looking for, you'll find it at UVa.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The corner by itself contains several bars (which serve burgers and typical bar food during the early hours of the night) along with many late night restaurants including several unique places like a delicious dumpling shop, several sandwich shops, as well as Qdoba and a few other big name chains. If you are willing to take a cab or drive there are two huge shopping centers 5-10 minutes off grounds called the Barracks Road Shopping Center which has even more options in terms of fast food for late night munchies as well as the Downtown Shopping Center which has a lot more upscale restaurants and bars tailored to the mid/upper 20's crowd. All the food is delicious nonetheless.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Area: One of the best things about coming to UVA was getting to discover what a great city Charlottesville was. The music scene is definitely one of its strengths. Local bands are always playing in smaller venues and big acts come as well. Dave Matthews Band is from Charlottesville and the band Parachute came from UVA. The downtown mall is a popular hang out spot on the weekends, offering an array of shops and restaurants. Charlottesville is #14 in the country for the most restaurants per capita. Hiking is also big on the weekends since we're in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's fairly easy to get around UVA. In terms of walking distance, I can get from one end of central campus to the other in about 20 minutes. Biking is also a popular option. I also take advantage of the bus system, which is free to the students. There are buses for on campus and off campus/Charlottesville area. When the buses aren't running on campus, Safe Ride transports students for free. If a student is stuck off campus without a ride, he/she can call Yellow Cab (taxi service). If students don't have cash, they can charge the taxi fee to UVA and pay the school back later.

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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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