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Reviews 1671 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Up and Down – The weather here is always unpredictable. It could be snowing one day and 60 degrees out the next. Be prepared for every weather type. It is nice to get every season though!

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Fun, Dining & History – There are a ton of restaurants within walking distance of grounds that are amazing! There is so much history at the University, so there is so much to learn about Thomas Jefferson's university. There are so many activities to enjoy from bars to plays to musical group!

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at University of Virginia seems like an afterthought because they aren't that many places to park at all. They are in the middle of building a parking garage but that won't be cheap to use and I'm sure it is because of the football games more than anything else. If you don't really need a car, it is best not to bring one to the University. There is campus buses to get you around the campus, but it is sometimes faster to walk. As a student, you can also use the Charlottesville town buses for very very cheap if you want to go into the outskirts of town or shopping malls, which is nice but the buses if you aren't used to them can feel kind of scary.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: A Wonderful Mix – There are a lot of different races and genders at University of Virginia, but there definitely seems to be more guys than girls, which if you are a girl is not a bad thing. If you sit on a bench and just watch the student body go by you will feel like there is someone from every walk of life attending the University, it's a great feeling to see so many different kind of people come together for the same goal in life - a higher better education.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The town of Charlottesville, VA seems to easily accept that they have a big University right in the middle of their town. Most of the older residents are very helpful and open minded in regards to the students from the University. I have seen a lot of Charlottesville residents actually attend the many activities that the University holds and truly seem to support that the students really want a better education.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: FRAT SCENE – one of the best greek scenes in the country, Thursday-Saturday there are many many options

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: AFC has amazing facilities, well run by friendly workers

3 College Freshman

Technology: Internet access varies depending on where you are, in libraries it may be great while in your dorm room it takes several attempts to connect

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I received the option to be a developer as I am a CS major for a winter internship. My classes at UVA, and being a teacher assistant in the subject area greatly helped my internship experience. The payment was good, but most of all the interaction provided a real work environment.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: Honor Code, Honor Code, Honor Code! The honor code system is in full control. If you cheat, you will get caught and you will get in trouble. However, since everyone makes mistakes, there are plenty of opportunities to make up for them. Most of the time, if you show that you improved yourself, the punishments are not severe. In fact, the school's judiciary system is led by students, and it is there to help improve the quality of student life in many aspects.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It Can Be Tricky to Find the Best Match. The costs are high and availability is limited. The benefits are that most apartments are close to the grounds, you just have to catch the good ones before they are sold. A lot of people renew their contracts, making it difficult to find something. However, the on-grounds housing is just as nice and many are available!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Fairly Average – Charlottesville is often said to be bitterly cold and have lots of snow. But in the two winters that I have been here that is not at all the case. The weather here is not much different than what I am used to, with the execption of the dry air.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The majority of the students seem to be interested in partying every weekend and looking for some type of casual dating or a simple hook-up, but nothing long term. Most of the students dress very simlarly. I feel that there is a great lack of divesity at this school.

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Students Viewed by Non-Greeks – At UVa, non-Greeks view those involved in Fraternities and Sororities as snobbish people. They tend to be very cliquey and very self-centered. There is no interest in getting to know non-Greeks. Also, the socio-economic divide between Greeks and non-Greeks is obvious.

3 College Junior

Diversity: This university is really diverse. Although the majority or 60% of students are white, there are many international students or those that come from diverse ethnic backgrounds. While this diversity is great, many times students between the different races and ethnicities do not interact that much.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Charlottesville is a great town. It has a variety of places to eat and hang out. There is definitely plenty of places to shop, but they are really spread out away from Campus. Also, Charlottesville is really close outdoor recreation activities.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – campus is very safe. cannot enter dorms without card access

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are many different types of dormitories at school. The new dorms that have just been built this year are very nice and include amenities such as lounges, study rooms, washrooms, elevators, and entertainment areas. The old dorms are in the heart of grounds and are easily accessed.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many available restaurants in very close proximity to the grounds at UVA. There are many different types of food opportunities and the prices are usually very reasonable.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in a dorm makes it very convenient to get to classes and allows for a social atmosphere.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not felt unsafe. There are many security precautionary measures in place

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4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Fake Ids Everywhere. I feel like the fact that UVA is generally a more well-off school leads to students who are under 21 getting into bars much more easily. That is good for them since there are very few things to do club/bar wise if you are under 21. I feel, though, that there are so many groups having private house parties every weekend that as long as you're involved with something, you can get invited to one.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Sports Are Misguided – UVA does not really have a good football team. Or basketball team. Though that seems to be the only sport anyone really pays attention to. They get all the money and they are not even really that good. I think UVA should focus more on their less-popular sports like soccer and lacrosse in which we excel!

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Don't Bother Unless Your Parents Dont Make Any Money – Financial Aid in general is a pain in the butt and they screw up the paperwork often. UVA doesn't offer any academic scholarships, only need based, so unless your parents do not have any money or are unemployed, good luck getting any financial aid. I only have my moms salary and they still didn't give me anything. Other people got tons if their family income is less than $25,000. I would recommend applying to tons of private/national scholarships instead

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always something going on at night at UVA. Whether you feel included at parties is another story, but you can always find stuff to do. Rugby road with all the sororities/frats is always hopping from Thursday to Sunday. There is also tons of taxis/cabs to use for safety and their are tons of classy bars to go to if you are over 21

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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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