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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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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Best place to go out and have a social night with a few beers and good pizza is the Mellow Mushroom during their trivia nights

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Other than the recent rape attempt near Hereford residents, I think it is a very safe enviroment and feel comfortable while going out and about

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4 College Junior

Weather: You get all four seasons with rain, snow, hot and cold

3 College Junior

Parking: Expensive parking passes for Hereford, but there are spots available

5 College Senior

Local Area: Charlottesville is the most beautiful place to live; it's literally ranked that way by Forbes Magazine. It's the number one place to raise a family and has enough attractions to entertain people from age 0 to age 100. Friendly activities like Carter's Mountain, experiencing local dives, going to nearby Vineyards and touring ruins such as Barboursville and historic places like Monticello will keep you busy. Definitely not the safest place though, 2 out of 3 girls are sexually assaulted and the University does a poor job reporting that

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: They're diverse. Anything you want, you can find, as long as you look for it. You have to put effort into looking good and finding the right crowd. Students range from geeky to artsy to hipster to athletic to preppy to simply well-dressed. Everyone laughs and relationships easily grow deep as long as you balance your academic life with your real life.

4 College Junior

Academics: First Year – I'm just a first year (freshman), so I'm still completely undecided as far as my major goes. I'm taking a lot of entry level courses, so these are huge classes (at least compared to my high school). I don't have very much written work, but I have a lot of reading to do. The reading is hard to stay on top of, but the fear of falling behind is good motivation. There are a wide variety of courses offered, and although the grading seems pretty tough, I'm, overall, very happy with the academics. Most of the professors are fantastic, but it takes effort on your part to get to know them in the bigger lecture classes.

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4 College Junior

Administration: Not Too Bad – Be careful drinking in dorms--it's not allowed, and whether you get caught or not depends on your resident advisor. The first couple times you get caught aren't big deals...you just meet with your senior advisor (the person in charge of your dorm and one other one) and have a quick talk. The third time, though, consequences are worse and could potentially result in alcohol classes. As far as going out is concerned, just don't be belligerent in front off a cop. Respect them, and you should be fine.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Depending on where you live, the restaurants on The Corner may be a little far, but they're worth it. The restaurant owners know that most of their customers are college students, and their fair price ranges reflect that knowledge. There's also a nice variety of places; you can get pizza, bagels, frozen yogurt, Thai food, etc. I'd recommend going to Lemongrass. Entrees are $10 and you can choose how spicy you'd like your meal.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm life all depends on where you live. If you live in the newer dorms, you have access to A/C, laundry rooms, kitchens and cleaning services. However, there are some dorms where there is no A/C, you'll have to go to another dorm for laundry, and if you have a suite-style dorm, you may end up sharing one bathroom with 5 other people.
There's also the issue of distance. UVA is a large school, so you'll want to plan ahead to see where your classes are and try to find a dorm that is close to your classes.

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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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