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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: UVA was recently rated "Playboys #1 party school" for a reason. the Frats and Sororities are very popular on campus and it is easy to get into a Frat on any night... if you are a girl. Sorry boys, you need a good ratio (or you need to be in a Frat). If you are not into the whole Greek life, the bar and club scene are pretty big on campus too, bars being easy to get to.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not apply for scholarships with UVA itself. However, for the nursing school in particular (which I am a part of), the Dean's office sends out weekly lists of outside scholarship opportunities that nursing students can apply for. The very first scholarship that I applied for I got!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Here at UVA frats and sororities are big on campus (I think about 30%) therefore about 30% or more of the students here are very preppy. The majority of people here are very fit, you can always find guys and girls running on campus. In terms of relationships it is basically either random hook ups or a serious dating relationship. It is hard to find guys that will just take girls out on causal dates.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: You have fraternities, bars, apartment parties, and nightclubs. If you're under 21, be careful as they have started cracking down on underage drinking.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The area around UVA is basically centered around students. Its Main Street, or the "Corner," has a large variety of restaurants both in terms of cuisine and price. Coming from New York City, I can definitely say I wasn't bored with the options. Not to mention new spots keep opening and certain places such as Starbucks will accept your plus dollars.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Charlottesville ABC has really cracked down recently, but frats are still fun. It is more difficult to get into bars now if you're under 21.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The rules on Grounds seem strict, but they are not strictly enforced. However, if you get caught, you will be punished.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: UVa has a lot of successful sport teams, and most of the games are easy to get into as a student.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: I love basketball games and the spirit there, but it could be improved with more organization amongst the student body.

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3 College Junior

Majors: I am currently interning with Environic Foundation International on a course being taught at the University of Richmond on Global Sustainable Societies. The internship is unpaid and I work about 15 hours a week.

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2 College Junior

Weather: really cold when its cld and really humid when its not

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options. Some are really cheap too. There are some that are open 24/7 which is really nice for late nights.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UVA is a pretty safe campus. Beyond the occasional email about unwanted fondlers there isn't too much to worry about. There is a Safe-Ride option for walks back from the library but it isn't very reliable.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: No one really uses the computer labs much so they are usually empty. Laptops are what everyone uses at UVA. If you needed to use a lab for some reason, there are several and plenty of computers are available too.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I rarely come into contact to drugs and open drug users at UVA. Though marijuana and cocaine are talked about and many students take Adderral for studying purposes.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The UVA buses are convenient, reliable and safe. But the taxis are slow and inconvenient and the public bus takes a long time to get from stop to stop.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: They are beautiful young people, but when it comes to their personality, it leaves a lot to be desired.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at the University of Virginia is not that prominent, however it really depends on who you associate yourself with.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in architecture and like it a lot though it is rather intense.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking, at least, is pretty visible. I don't think there is a lot of peer pressure.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather can be great, but it seems to rain a lot.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The facilities at UVA are beautiful, from the Academical Village (often called the Lawn) to newer buildings like Nau and the AFC. There are a lot of different types of people at UVA, so it is a great opportunity to meet new and different people. There is a large alumni network and they love UVA graduates and undergraduates. The professors are pretty approachable but classes are usually on the larger side.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at UVA exists but it's behind closed doors. If you are looking for drugs, you will probably find them, but it's pretty easy to stay away if that's not your thing. Drinking is a more popular pass-time.

4 College Junior

Majors: Some majors are really easy to get into, but other have an application process and are extremely competitive. In the College of Arts and Sciences, one of the most popular majors is business and to do this, students must apply to McIntire School of Commerce. Getting in is really competitive. Getting into majors in the Engineering school can be tough too. That's also decided through an application process. Most other majors just require you to get higher than a particular grade or GPA in the subject.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is not bad, but it isn't particularly good either. There are 3 main dining halls, OHill, Newcomb, and Runk. Runk has decent food but it's really far away from main grounds. Newcomb just got renovated and the food there is the best on grounds, but it can get really crowded in between classes at lunch time. OHill is just average, it's where most of the first years eat because it is so close to dorms. Most people buy smaller meal plans after their first year.

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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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