Students Say

There is much to love about the University of Virginia, one of the country’s top public universities. Just to name a few: “Tradition, student self-governance, the honor system, the access to world renowned professors, [and] the beauty of the architecture.” The school’s affordable in-state tuition guarantees students access to “the perfect balance of world-class academics, a tradition of school spirit, and a great party scene.” While there are a lot of opportunities at UVA, “no one is going to hold your hand and help you find what you’re interested in.”

Overview

Applicants
31,021
Acceptance Rate
29%
Average HS GPA
4.23

GPA Breakdown

94%
Over 3.75
4%
3.50 - 3.74
1%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
620 - 720
SAT Math
630 - 740
SAT Writing
620 - 720
ACT Composite
28 - 33

Deadlines


Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

First Generation
Alumni/ AE Relation
State Residency
Racial / Ethnic Status

Overall

Students Say

There is much to love about the University of Virginia, one of the country’s top public universities. Just to name a few: “Tradition, student self-governance, the honor system, the access to world renowned professors, [and] the beauty of the architecture.” The school’s affordable in-state tuition guarantees students access to “the perfect balance of world-class academics, a tradition of school spirit, and a great party scene.” While there are a lot of opportunities at UVA, “no one is going to hold your hand and help you find what you’re interested in.” However, those who proactively seek out their own answers “find the UVA community is fully supportive of [their] passions, and there are tons of resources to pursue whatever interest you might have.” The academic program is “definitely our greatest strength—no matter what you choose to major in, you will encounter great professors and stimulating courses,” according to one student. Many of the school’s most accomplished professors teach introductory and lower-level courses “to make themselves accessible to every student at UVA.” Professors “want to get to know you as a person and are always helpful if you approach them with questions on content or other academic problems.” Courses are “very flexible,” and the faculty are “always coming up with new course options,” though the class registration system is notoriously frustrating. The school has a “very strong honor system” that is run entirely by students (as are all extracurricular groups), so “it’s rare to hear about someone’s stuff being stolen or cheating on assignments.” This autonomy is a huge boon to students’ feelings toward their school, as is the universal “respect for tradition.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15.2:1
Total Faculty
1,415
with Terminal Degree
1,262

883
Men
532
Women
202
Minority
61
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architectural History and Criticism, General
  • Architecture
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Latin American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Child Development

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Tina Fey
Winner, Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Katie Couric
Journalist and author

Edgar Allan Poe
Writer

Elaine R. Jones
Director of NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Mark Warner
U.S. Senator

Kathryn C. Thornton
Astronaut

Woodrow Wilson
28th U.S. President

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
94
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 5

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

There is a large disparity here between tuition and fees for in-state versus out-of-state students. That’s not unusual, just something to note. It’s also important to keep in mind that 100 percent of applicants with financial need have their needs met. The sticker price for tuition, fees, room and board, and personal expenses for Virginia residents is somewhere in the neighborhood of $24,300 per year. For residents of other states, it’s more than twice as much at $52,794. Financial aid packages for freshmen include an $14,961 grant on average.

Bang For Your Buck

UVA has one of the largest per-capita endowments of any public school in the country and exerts a tremendous effort to ensure that its undergraduates have access to an affordable education regardless of economic circumstances. Around half of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid, and the university aims to meet 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated need. There are loan-free financial aid packages for low-income students and new Blue Ridge Scholarships for high achieving students with high financial need. There are caps on need-based loans for middle-income families. By limiting debt—or eliminating it altogether, in the case of students with the most need—UVA ensures that you can afford to attend the university as long as you can get admitted and maintain decent grades. Scholarships abound for Virginia residents, including the Virginia Commonwealth Award, which gives recipients up to $3,000 per academic year. There are plenty of other scholarships, too, available based upon need, academic achievement, and specific donor criteria. UVA’s signature program, Jefferson Scholars, covers the tuition, fees, room and board of extraordinary students.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,723

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,406

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,466

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,933

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
35%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,941

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$10,892
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$40,506
Required Fees
$2,576
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,270

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,720
Transportation for Commuters
$0

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

The tough admissions standards mean that most all who attend here are “highly motivated, resourceful, [and] passionate about learning,” and the student body does have a reputation as “a bunch of hard partying, politically aware, go-getters.” There really is “a pervasive can-do attitude around UVA,” and the “self-starter and very smart” students reflect that “with all the things we do only with support from each other.” Almost 70 percent of students come from Virginia and are “typical preppy Southerners,” and there are terrific town-gown relations; students here are also “really environmentally friendly and socially conscious.” “We like to be activists and get involved in the community,” says a student. You’re also “practically an outcast if you don’t join a student group…once you see the vast number of student groups around grounds, you’ll find it hard not to join one—or maybe seventeen.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
16,483
Out of State
28%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
121

Demographics

12.62%
Asian
6.43%
African-American
6.16%
Hispanic
65.35%
Caucasian
4.58%
Unknown
5.83%
International

56% female
44% male
28% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Living on campus “is definitely a huge part of your first-year experience,” and students all greatly appreciate “the unique history” and “hilarious and fun traditions” of the school (especially those upheld by the popular Greek system), “which help to foster a sense of community.” The school offers a ton of resources, including “free counseling and psychological services, plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, a twenty-four-hour library, a movie theater, free transportation on both university and local transport services, a fabulous career services center, four gyms, and constant sporting events.” “Whether I’m in the mood to go for a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains or go shopping in the downtown mall, there is never a dull moment,” says a student.

Most students instantly fall in love with the “accessible and charming” Charlottesville, with its “awesome, local, and iconic” food, “local quirky shops,” “a thriving music scene, multicultural festivals,” and “three great coffee places.” On campus, the lawn or gardens “always sport students lounging and reading, people walking their dogs, townies with their kids, and professors and students having coffee.” As for more traditionally collegiate forms of kicking back, UVA kids do enjoy “lots of drinking/partying,” but “you can find people who don’t like to if you try.” “We put an incredible amount of effort into our academic lives, and then when the weekend comes we let loose like there’s no tomorrow,” says one student.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
41%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
88
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
76

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Allison Anderson, Ph.D.

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Please follow this link: http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/lnec/guideld.html to guidelines for documenting LD/ADHD

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Please follow this link: http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/lnec/guideld.html to guidelines for documenting LD/ADHD

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
71

25% join a fraternity
28% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Cavaliers, Wahoos, Hoos)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Cavaliers, Wahoos, Hoos)
14 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Office of Student Life. URL is www.virginia.edu/deanofstudents/studentlife

Minority Support Groups: Office of African American Affairs and Office of the Dean of Students offer multicultural programs and services. Website is www.virginia.edu/oaaa

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Though many institutions of higher education across the nation have signed the Talloires Declaration in recent years, the University of Virginia did so way back in 1991. If that isn’t proof enough that UVA has been historically keen on sustainability, take this into account: The university updated its energy and sustainability policy in 2006; dictated that all new building and renovation obtain LEED certification in 2007 (at last count, seven Gold, twelve Silver, ten Certified, and pursuing certification for fourteen additional projects); and completed a carbon inventory in 2008, the data from which was used to set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent below 2009 levels by 2025. Last year UVA became the first university in the nation to set a goal to reduce reactive nitrogen –a 25 percent reduction below 2010 levels by 2025. UVA has recently completed several comprehensive building-based energy initiatives, such as installing energy-efficient occupancy sensors, steam traps, and motors. As a partner in the Department of Energy’s Better Building Challenge, UVA is seeking to reduce building energy use intensity 20 percent below 2010 levels by 2020. In addition to these measures, the university has actively worked toward decreasing its water usage. Case in point: Despite campus growth, UVA is actually using 32 percent less water than the peak water usage in 1999. To further its water conservation, the university has outlawed the use of potable water in air conditioners for cooling research equipment, as well as installing low-flow showers, toilets, and urinals. UVA also seeks sustainability in the food it serves to its students. The Dining program has achieved Marine Stewardship Council certification and overall, twenty-six percent of food purchases are from local and/or organic sources. UVA’s dining services focus on providing local (check out their website and you can find out which towns their burgers and cheeses come from), seasonal, organic, humane, and fair trade foods to their customers, all while serving them in compostable packaging and biodegradable to-go containers. These measures have contributed to UVA’s impressive waste-diversion rate of 53 percent. Healthier buildings are a priority – UVA recently became only the third university in the U.S. to achieve Green Seal GS-42 certification for healthier and more environmentally friendly cleaning methods. The UVA community can take advantage of alternative transportation options at this Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly University, including a bike share system, Zipcar, Zimride and CAVPOOL ridesharing programs. Sustainability-related curriculum highlights include a Global Studies – Environments + Sustainability major as well as a Global Sustainability Minor.

Green Rating
97
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
26%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
19

Average Number of PC's per Lab
6

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Gregory Roberts
Dean of Admissions

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

Phone
434-982-3200


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Rotunda/Academical Village (orig campus)
Alderman and Clemons Libraries
John Paul Jones Arena
Football 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
Monday-Friday
8:30am-5pm
434-982-3200

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
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies-see website or publications

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
Available mid-Oct through mid-April only

Transportation

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 22B to U.S. Rte. 29 N. Follow the preceding directions from Rte. 29.

Local Accommodations
Cavalier Inn (434-296-8111), 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).
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Key Stats

31,021
Applicants
16,483
Size
29%
Acceptance Rate
1360
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists