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4 College Freshman

Academics: hard, some professors are bad some are great

4 College Freshman

Academics: I think I would have done better at a smaller school, I'm personally not a fan of the large lectures because it makes me feel like a number. However, there are so many classes to choose from.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors at UVA are excellent. Although the workload is hard, I think that I am getting a great education here.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: UVA has a reputation of academic rigor to uphold, and the competition is brutal. Everyone who gets into UVA is smart, involved, and ambitious. The classes are difficult and there is little time to learn for learning's sake. Most of my class work is for test grades.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are good and classes are good. There is a lot of work, but it's not overwhelming.

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Most students agree that the professors at UVA are outstanding, qualified, brilliant, and passionate men and women. As expected, there are occasional complaints about class structure, material, and size, as well as some unfortunate cases of disinterested teachers. The quality and interest level of classes and professors vary throughout the different schools and departments at UVA. For the most part, students find that classes and professors in the College of Arts and Sciences (particularly the English, drama, history, and psychology departments) are more liberal and interesting. Some of the more technical, scientific courses and schools (biology or engineering, for example) can be a necessary burden, even for students specializing in those fields.

Although it can be difficult getting to know a professor in a lecture setting, taking smaller seminars gives you a much better opportunity to get close to professors. How well you get to know your professors largely depends on the size of your major and the initiative you take with them. Older students are often very helpful with class and professor recommendations, so use them as a resource to achieve a more fulfilling academic experience. Though the best professors tend to only teach upperclassmen, be patient. Learn from your TA in the meantime—even though it may be disappointing and frustrating at times. Remember that TAs are more accessible, younger, and often more enthusiastic about the classes they’re working with; you can use this to your advantage and get more out of your learning experience. In general, as long as you are interested in developing a relationship with some of your teachers, whether they be TAs or professors, you will no doubt excel academically at Virginia.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,147
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
71
Total FT Faculty
2,133
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$110,871
Full-Time Retention Rate
98%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Transfer-Out Rate
4%
Graduation Rate
93%
Programs/Majors Offered
83
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 50%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 36%
  • 50 or More Students: 14%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Business/Commerce, General: 3%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Alderman Library
  • Clark Library
  • Clemons Library
  • Coffee shops on the Corner
Tips to Succeed
  • Be eager and persistent about doing the things that you want; don't be intimidated by the crowds.
  • It is important to be friendly and open to anyone and anything.
  • There is so much opportunity at UVA-don't be afraid to grab it.
Did You Know?
  • The Rotunda was designed by Thomas Jefferson after the Pantheon in Rome and is meant to symbolize the enlightened human mind. Jefferson chose this site at the head of campus to be a library, whereas most other 19th century universities often chose a chapel as their central feature.
  • UVA has the highest graduation and retention rate of any public college or university

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 66 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 26 responses

  • 23% Tina Fey - comedian, actor, writer
  • 21% Katie Couric - journalist, TV host
  • 19% Edgar Allan Poe (did not graduate) - famous poet/writer
  • 11% Woodrow Wilson - 28th U.S. president
  • 8% Thomas Jefferson was not an alumni.
  • 7% Robert F. Kennedy
  • 5% Thomas Jefferson
  • 3% Joe Harris - Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2% Thomas Jones - running back, Chicago Bears
  • 1% Valerie B. Ackerman - founder of WNBA
  • 0% Stanley Winston - movie special effects expert

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 64 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 16 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 16 responses

  • 38% This was my dream school.
  • 56% This was one of my top choices.
  • 6% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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