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Campus Quality


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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are gyms all over the place, but the way they are set up makes it a little intimidating and unpleasant to work out because everyone is looking at you (the treadmills are arranged in a half-circle). The libraries are plentiful and have a variety of hours. Grounds is absolutely beautiful - I love walking around. Buses to the downtown mall and the corner is within walking distance, so there are some things to do off-campus. Also, Carter's Mountain Apple Orchard and Monticello!

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The school is beautiful. I am in awe everyday.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Best college campus in America. UVA Grounds are endlessly inspiring.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The grounds can't be beat. UVA is a UNESCO world heritage site, and it is constantly under construction in order to preserve the history of the university.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I love UVA's grounds. Yes, some of it may be old but, personally, the history of some of the buildings just adds charm to the overall appeal of UVA.


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Students agree that the athletic facilities (especially the Aquatic and Fitness Center) are superb. There always seems to be some sort of renovation going on. The school is currently working on construction of several new facilities, and they’re renovating many older ones. However, despite the excellent gyms and new athletic- and fitness-oriented projects, UVA sometimes neglects other parts of the campus. Some students complain about the condition of labs and classrooms within the various colleges, and the administration has taken these complaints to heart by funding a huge South Lawn project, which is currently under construction. The project will provide hundreds of new classrooms and state-of-the-art space for students and faculty.

UVA makes sure to take care of every sort of athletic need; it is unfortunate that it does not do the same for its arts. While there is certainly a theater (two, in fact, when counting the black box), a photo lab, and a studio, the University still lacks a real arts center, though there is a new one in the works. UVA has one of the largest endowments of any public university, and the administration has taken strides over the past few years to put this money to work efficiently throughout the university. For the most part, computer labs and classrooms are very nice and well-equipped, and the constant construction around campus shows signs of progress.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Student Centers
Newcomb Hall
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Alderman
  • Clemons
  • Four other departmental libraries
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Amphitheater
  • Boylan Heights
  • The Lawn
  • The Virginian
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Greenberry's in Alderman Library and the Bookstore
  • The Bakery
  • The Castle
  • The PAV
Movie Theater on Campus
Newcomb Hall Theater
  • : Eating at Little John's at 4 a.m.
  • : Foxfield horse races.
  • : Streaking the Lawn.
  • : Painting Beta Bridge late night/early morning.
  • : The Dressing up for football games and singing the "Good Ole' Song" after every UVA touchdown.
  • : Spending time on the Lawn on beautiful days.
  • : Camping out for the Duke vs. UVA football game.
Urban Legends
There are plenty of UVA myths floating around. One is that Dr. Seuss used to live in this great big house up on the hill, looking down towards Newcomb Hall. Apparently, after being rejected from UVA, he wrote a little book called How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In this book, he depicted himself as the grouchy, resentful old Grinch staring down at all the "Whos in Whoville." Another myth-a bit more racy-is that any first-year girl who walks across the big white Z letters painted all around grounds (which signify the "Z" secret society) will get pregnant. Still another that is re-ignited every year as the entering class settles in is that, in the first weekend students are in town, Dave Matthews supposedly plays an all- day concert in the amphitheater. Don't be a poor sap and wait all-day long by yourself in the amphitheater! I can pretty much guarantee he won't show.
Favorite Things To Do
UVA students have been known to work out, lie on the lawn, grab a meal with friends, walk to a bar off campus, and see a movie in Newcomb all in a span of one day! Work out in the AFC (Aquatic Fitness Center) or any other gym (Memorial Gym, North Grounds, Slaughter Gym); take a dip in the hot tub or rest up in the sauna on the ground floor of the AFC; check out a play in Culbreth Theater or see a relatively recent movie playing in the basement of Newcomb Hall; have coffee in the library at Greenberry’s, or a smoothie with friends in the PAV; play Frisbee on the lawn; check out a concert from one of UVA's a cappella groups; attend a film screening and lecture, visit the UVA Art Museum.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
During the first week of school, there will be an activities fair where you can learn about all the different organizations and even sign up for a few. For a full list of student organizations, visit the UVa Student Council Web site.
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 121 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 26% Hanging out with friends
  • 17% Restaraunts
  • 17% Going out
  • 8% Movie Nights with Friends
  • 8% Picnic on the lawn
  • 6% Studying at the Library (especially Clark)
  • 6% Going to on campus events
  • 4% Going on adventures around grounds
  • 4% Studying in the McGregor Room (completely silent)
  • 3% Participating in sports
  • 2% The Fralin Art Museum
  • 1% Hiking on and around Mount Jefferson

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 57 responses

  • 25% Lighting of the Lawn
  • 19% Good ol' song
  • 15% Streaking the Lawn
  • 12% Football games/Tailgating
  • 10% Rotunda Sing
  • 9% Basketball games
  • 4% Midsummers
  • 3% Halloween on Rugby
  • 2% Girls in Pears and Guys in Ties
  • 1% Don't go to any.

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 61 responses

  • 39% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 52% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 7% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 2% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 114 responses

  • 54% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 39% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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