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Reviews 1894 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I'm pretty much just giving this A because of Little John's. Best darn sandwiches around. Also, compared to the on-campus dining (edible, at best), it seems like a 5-star French Restaurant.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I guess it's tough to assign a grade because everyone's looking for a different scene, but by and large, especially first-year, there's a lot of hooking up and not a whole lot of dating. It's a very attractive and athletic student body, and the girls here are quite thin. Casual hookups are very common; relationships not so much.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Well there are a few computers here and there, but you're really going to need to bring your own laptop if you're serious about going here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Mostly freshmen live on campus because after freshman year, the on campus housing is limited. All freshmen are required to live in dorms, though, and some are better than others (but the placement is all random, except if you are an Echols scholar). The McCormick road dorms are considered "old dorms", but a whole lot of freshmen live there, so you tend to be in a great place for the freshmen social scene. In addition, the McCormick road dorms are in a great location. The other dorms have worse locations, but some of them are "new dorms", so they are very, very nice and comfortable to live in (practically hotels).

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The most significant thing that sets apart the University of Virginia from other colleges is self-governance. Here at U.V.a, students are offered the unique opportunity to really have an impact at their school. For example, the U.Va. Honor System is entirely student-run. They have the responsibility of trying students accused of an Honor Offense, which is "a Significant Act of Lying, Cheating or Stealing". The Honor Committee is formed of elected student representatives. Student Support Officers investigate cases, advise accused students, educate the community about Honor, and serve as advocates at trial. Furthermore, randomly selected students serve as jurors at Honor trials.

To read more, http://www.virginia.edu/honor/overview/

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I have only been at UVa for a semester as an Echols scholar, but the diversity of the people in the Echols dorms was impressive. However, outside of that group, it seems a bit homogenous if only because people with similar backgrounds group together.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are places...but not a variety of ethnic places. Kinda sucks, but it's okay. The Corner is especially far for those who don't have a car/first years. So, on-campus dining is where most first years go. There are places that open 'til late and go 24hours, but not a lot.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I'm not really sure if an A+ is from a stoner or an overprotective parent's point of view, but from an ordinary college student's perspective, there is the perfect availability of alcohol and drugs, depending on what you're into. If you don't do any drugs, you won't hear, see, or smell any, but alcohol is pretty much everywhere. UVA cops are pretty lax about underage drinking - they're more concerned with your safety than throwing you into jail (unless you're being an outright fool) because believe it or not, real crimes actually happen in Charlottesville and chances are, the drunk first-year isn't bothering anyone.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The corner has a lot of good restaurants with a lot of variety. Nuff said.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off ground housing has both houses and apartments that tend to be closer to campus than actual on grounds housing. A lot of times the financing is usually cheaper and your have not only a place to live for school but also for summer.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The school has many functions that bring the community as well and the students together. Every year there is Lighting of the Lawn where students and faculty along with community get together to watch the school light up with Christmas lights. Its always free and they serve hot chocolate and warm cider to everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: During the spring semester the engineering school sends out an attachment email in which every student is to rank their top 4 choices for a possible major. This based on your grade point average and how many positions are available in the particular field of choice. The main difficulty in deciding is a students ability to keep the entry level classes scores up while adjusting to being away from family and out of their comfort zone.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: As an engineering major, I'm excited about my decision. Although the course work is rigorous and long, I believe I made the best decision for the life I wish to have( one with no worries of if i will be able to afford this). If I had to do choose all over again I would choose engineering, all though I do like math but not enough to be a mathematician. Hopefully by the time I graduate I will have an entry level engineering job at Ford or Chevrolet. My only concern surrounding my job goals is the economy and whether it will bounce back and increase the amount of job openings.

4 College Freshman

Administration: UVA is about as good as it gets as far as campus strictness goes. The University police are super lax. Like at Block Party (a huge party at the beginning of the year) they just stand there and make sure no drunk people get run over. Charlottesville police are more strict. They say no drinking in the dorms but really everyone does it. If you have a chill RA and you shut your door you'll be fine but there are a few strict RA that will screw you over if you get caught. First offense isn't bad but by third you face serious consequences. If you wanna smoke, its actually better to do it in the open because no one expects it. Police monitor places like the graveyard and other places that people would typically go to smoke.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: UVA, while being very diverse, the most visible people are those in the Greek community and oh man, sorority girls are incredible here. Typical hot, blond type but because it's UVA, they are also really smart. One of the traditions here is "guys in ties, girls in pearls" for football games and so everyone always looks nice.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: It is well known that as far as rankings go, UVA is one of the best academic schools in the country but it's not until you get here that you really realize how incredible they are. I'm in the engineering school and while the e-school is not as recognized as much as some of the other schools, it is top notch. As soon as you tell someone you're in the e-school they wince and say "I'm sorry" because they know it entails so much work. Class size varies a lot. My calculus class has 30 people in it but my Chemistry class has 400 people in it so it completely depends. The professors have all been great. Even the ones I didn't like because they gave a lot of work, the workload actually ended up helping me. UVA's motto is work hard, play hard and Sunday through Thursday morning, you can definitely feel the work hard attitude.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are great in Cville. Bodo's bagels is by far the best bagel shop in town and they have three different locations! Blue Grass Grille is another great breakfast spot and they are located near the downtown mall. Lunch should be had at Little Johns, Take It Away, or Christians Pizza. Casual dinner spots that are good include Micheal's Bistro and Downtown Thai. Zocalo is a great restaurant on the downtown mall but is very expensive!

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: It is really easy to avoid the drug scene at UVA, but peer pressure is a huge issue in Greek life. I have personally never seen any drugs used except for alcohol, but I didn't go to many parties. There are plenty of clubs and organizations to be involved in if you want to stay out of this scene.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Important criteria for admission to the undergraduate program are your essays and your extracurricular/volunteer activities. UVA really prides itself on diversity so be creative with your essays and make sure to really be involved in high school. Obviously a good GPA (>3.5) helps, but the last thing they look at is SAT scores. So even if you have a 1600 SAT, that doesn't really guarantee you will be accepted. Show you really want to go here - email the Dean of Students or attend an information session - anything to get your name out there other than your application.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I majored in nursing undergrad and would highly recommend this program to high school students and give it an A+. The current graduate program I am in gets a B because I'm not very happy with the online course. I hope to be a board certified PNP and have some hesitations about finding a job but that is mainly because I am unsure what type of setting I would like to work in.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I am in the PNP program and I am learning a lot from my courses that are in class; however, the online classes could be a lot better. The PowerPoint presentations get posted every week, but there is no lecture which makes it very difficult to learn. I am self-teaching and could probably find a free online course to teach me this information instead of paying a whole lot of money for it. Overall, I do really enjoy this program and think the workload is fair. The facilities are outstanding.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Permit costs are fairly average; however, parking is far away from the campus (depending on where you are going). There is a bus system that will take you there, but you have to coordinate getting there with the bus system. The parking is extremely regulated on campus. I was parking in 2 hour parking and was literally, 5 minutes late getting to my care and already had a ticket. Seriously?

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The food is decent when you're really hungry. You will learn to find your 'favorite' dining hall where you can find your standard go-to options. Then, of course, there are days when every option seems appealing and you should sample them all. Luckily, there are a lot of great local restaurants. Also, the meal plan option of 'plus dollars' is great!

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.

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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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