University of Virginia (UVA)

Charlottesville, VA

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University of Virginia Student Essentials

University of Virginia Student Essentials
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Setting: Large Town Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Cavalier
Nickname: UVA
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Most Selective
In-State Tuition: $12,216
Out-of-State Tuition: $38,228
Retention Rate: 98%
Enrollment: 29,491
Year Established: 1819

About UVA

The University of Virginia (UVa) has been a pioneer in public education since Thomas Jefferson founded it nearly two centuries ago. US News and World Report consistently recognizes UVa as one of the nation’s top public universities, due to its extensive research opportunities and exceptionally strong academics.

UVa is comprised of 11 schools and colleges, through which more than 50 bachelor’s degree programs are available. The university also offers about 85 master’s degrees and nearly 60 doctoral degrees. Its graduate programs are very highly regarded, with particularly strong programs in Law, Finance, English and Business.

College life at the University of Virginia provides a variety of ways to get involved. You can submit a piece to the student-run 3.7 Magazine, join an a cappella group, or participate in a service program like Action for a Better Living Environment. Greek life is also quite active on campus, with more than 55 chapters represented.

Admissions at UVa are highly selective. More than 90% of incoming freshmen ranked in the top 10% of their high school classes, and the acceptance rate for undergraduates is typically under 15%. The application deadline is January 1 for incoming freshmen, and March 1 for transfer students. Graduate admissions vary based on the school you’re applying to.

A variety of financial aid opportunities are available for undergraduates, including federal programs, Virginia grants and institutional scholarships. Graduate students are eligible for federal loans and work-study, as well as merit-based institutional assistance.

UVA Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 3 Reviews

67% of students gave University of Virginia 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 1993

Overall Rating

UVa is an excellent school with a great campus and a true sense of history via Thomas Jefferson. It fits the needs of a wide-range students with its academic reach. Social life is greek-oriented and a conservative but there are many other options for those who seek it.

UVA Map & Location

University of Virginia
1827 University Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Getting Around UVA


Very good walkability. We recommend walking in this area.



Minimal transit. This area doesn't have the greatest public transportation access.


UVA Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 18,580
Freshman Class 3,252
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 29,491

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 5%
  • African American: 7%
  • Caucasian: 63%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Unknown and Other: 12%
Latino 5%
African American 7%
Caucasian 63%
Asian 11%
Unknown and Other 12%

Undergraduate 63%
Graduate 37%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%
Women 56%
Men 44%
International 6%
Domestic 94%

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