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Along with the low in-state tuition, academic rigor is the reason many students choose UVA. “All our schools are pretty strong and we have beautiful facilities, numerous options to choose from in regards to liberal arts education, and most professors are so excited to be here and be teaching,” a sophomore reports. The school’s greatest strengths, according to one senior, “include its location in Charlottesville, the wide variety of courses and their high level of academic rigor, and the many ways to work or volunteer outside the classroom.” “Each class caters to the smartest kids and elevates everyone. “ On the whole, students are very happy with their professors, who are “extremely knowledgeable, passionate, excellent teachers, with a few exceptions. The teachers are generally very accessible and responsive to emails, and are genuinely interested in helping students succeed and encouraging exploration of interesting topic material outside of class.” While students note that in large lecture classes it can be a challenge to engage, “professors are very accessible if you seek them out,” and “are genuinely interested in helping students succeed and encouraging exploration of interesting topic material outside of class.” Academics here are almost universally described as rigorous and challenging, with a particularly tough grading curve in the sciences, but students praise the available resources and academic advising. “Having a personal relationship with faculty members outside of the classroom helps with the academic experience.”

Student Body

“The typical UVA student is reasonably wealthy, white, and very preppy. Other groups can be found within the student body, but you have to actively seek them out.” This sums up how students describe themselves, though they’re quick to acknowledge that there are other types beyond the typical. Roughly two-thirds of the student body is from Virginia. Some praise the diversity of the school while others would like to see even more. “Preppy” and “involved” are also common adjectives. “The typical student is very involved outside of academics and usually has a million things to do,” including socialize. “Student are highly involved in academics, extracurriculars, and socially. Your average UVA student is very wellrounded and extremely busy, but enjoys that lifestyle.” This involvement makes it easy for students to find niches within the larger community that suit their interests, and there’s no question that everyone here is very driven in the direction of their choosing.

Campus Life

Between the gorgeous campus (called “Grounds” within the community) and “the bucolic college town of Charlottesville,” students are very happy with life outside the classroom here. Studying occupies much of the week, in the many libraries and study spaces available. There’s a lot of school spirit and varsity sporting events are wellattended. On weekends, “there is a significant party culture here…but not necessarily more than at other public universities.” “Frat parties dominate the social scene” for first and second year students, with juniors and seniors migrating off-campus to bars and apartment parties. Roughly a quarter of the student body goes Greek. That said, “if students don’t like the party scene, Charlottesville’s adorable downtown mall is easily accessible by bus and has lots of fun activities!” “There’s an ice skating rink downtown, as well as various restaurants and shopping. “There is always a lot going on on Grounds,” as well. “Head to the lawn and you’ll never be bored!” “During the warmer months you can always find people outside tossing a Frisbee, or maybe setting up an impromptu volleyball game. There are plenty of great hiking trails in the area and the athletics facilities are great.” Students report “lots of student involvement and widerange of opportunities of activities offered outside the classroom from research to internships to clubs,” and “community service is very popular.” Some students are eager to see the school make changes in policies pertaining to student safety and sexual misconduct; the administration is responding and has shared a lengthy, proposed new policy with the UVA community for review and comment.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Gregory Roberts
Dean of Admissions

Admissions Office
P.O. Box 400160
Charlottesville, VA 22904


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Rotunda/Academical Village (orig campus)
Alderman and Clemons Libraries
John Paul Jones Arena
Football, Baseball, and Soccer Stadiums
Aquatic and Fitness Center
Location of the future "arts precinct;" new library housing original rare and early American manuscripts; Birdwood Golf Course; Observatory; Old Cabell Hall (music performances); Culbreth Theatre (drama); Newcomb Hall (student services building); University of Virginia Bookstore

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Corner (nearby shops & restaurants)
Monticello (home of Thomas Jefferson)
Historic Court Square
Wintergreen Ski Resort
Blue Ridge Mountains

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies-see website or publications

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays


Available mid-Oct through mid-April only


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Charlottesville-Abemarle Airport is 10 miles from campus. Taxis are available for the ride from airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From north or south, take U.S. Rte. 29 toward Charlottesville; do not take the Rte. 29 bypass around the city, but take the business route, which becomes Emmet St. and goes through campus. From east or west on I-64, take Exit 118B to U.S. Rte. 29 N. Follow the preceding directions from Rte. 29.

Local Accommodations
Hampton Inn 434-923-8600, Red Roof Inn 434-295-4333. Call Guesthouses/B&B (434-979-7264) for a selection of bed-and-breakfasts, some of which are adjacent to the university. Most are moderately priced. Inexpensive accommodations can be found at the Knights Inn (434-973-8133), about 2 miles from the university. With expensive prices: a B & B called 200 South Street (434-979-0200), a 20-room inn in the downtown historic district, and the university owned Boar's Head Inn 434-296-2181 or 800-476-1988).


Applicants: 37,182
Acceptance Rate: 26%
Average HS GPA: 4.30



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