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  • 07/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 out of 43 people found this review useful. 1 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Overachievers -Networkers -Partyers -Stay-at-home-on-Friday-night-ers -Introverts -Extroverts -Comedians -Academics -Left Brains -Right Brains (In short, UVA has a spot for anyone and everyone if they look hard enough for it!)

    Tips for prospective students

    College is all about balancing a full schedule of work and play so that you can enjoy yourself in all areas of life without burning out and failing, just like in real life! So, work hard and study for your classes. Go out on the weekends or join one of UVA's many clubs and organizations. Just don't let one aspect of your life affect another. If you keep it at a happy medium, you're more likely to stay calm and, well, happy!

    Bang for the buck

    Virginia's academic program has been described as rivaling some private universities' curricula, and you get to experience it at a public school price! The educational, social, and overall experiences at UVA are worth every cent of your tuition, but if it is necessary that you apply for financial aid, be very careful as you fill out your FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) form. Due to a complex home situation this past year, I missed out on financial aid opportunities for the upcoming 2009-10 school year. Bottom line: UVA is worth its price tag, but it wouldn't hurt to fill out some scholarships either.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've heard several people say Charlottesville is such a college town, meaning there's not much to do off-grounds. FALSE. Charlottesville is so much more than the University. With the pedestrian Downtown Mall (including two cinemas, one theater, and its very own ice rink), two more ordinary malls, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, more restaurants per capita than New York City, and Carter Mountain Orchard for apple picking excursions, Charlottesville is so much more than your typical college town. There's something happening every minute, so schedule accordingly. That being said, relaxing in your dorm room every once in a while will not be frowned upon.

    Am learning a lot

    The great thing about UVA is that it is a public research university - meaning its resources attract the big names in most fields of study. This is great for you, the student, because you get to learn under such academics as Rita Dove and Larry Sabato. A caveat: UVA has a single sanction Honor Code. If you lie, cheat, or steal, you will be tried by a jury of your peers and if found guilty of a non-trivial offense, you will be expelled. Virginia expects a lot from her students academically, but if you put the time and energy into it, your efforts will be rewarded.

  • 01/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 2 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone finds a spot here. It can take some time, but you'll find your place!

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, play hard, that's our motto. Always look up your professors online before you sign up for their class just to get an idea of what kind of work you'll be facing. Plan your schedule with alternative classes because I guarantee you, you won't get all the classes you want first semester. When you arrive, take a chance to explore the Grounds with your hallmates: they will be your life force! Don't forget you'll be living with them for 9 months! Another tip: Don't fall behind on your readings!! This is the most important thing you must learn if you attend UVA. There is a lot of reading, definitely more than 200 pages a week, depending on what classes you take (don't take literature and history in the same semester if you can't handle more than 500 pages a week). Definitely join some clubs and make friends that have similar interests. Remember: Work hard, play hard. Finish your work and have some fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Worth every penny! (including loans!)

    Am enjoying being here

    How can you not love it? Everyone is friendly because they want make friends like everyone else. You're not the only one who is nervous!Head to the Corner or Downtown for some food (try the dumplings!) Rent a movie from Clemons, go shopping for your family at Mincers, and buy a cute dress at Duo or Finch.

    Am learning a lot

    So many classes, so little time! Take the classes that interest you the most. To be honest, if you can't handle AP classes in high school, I suggest you look at another school. I know most of you are excited about taking notes on your laptop, but high school was right: Writing it out makes it stick in your head easier.

  • 08/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 13 people found this review useful. 3 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    - hardworkers - over achievers - pre med oriented - pre law oriented - commerce/economics - people who like to go out and stay busy - people who like to stay in really, anyone and everyone who can get it, fits in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are willing to put in the work it takes to get good grades here because a degree from the University of Virginia is going to do fantastic things for your future.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm in the engineering program at the University of Virginia, and I have learned something new in each in every one of my classes so far. Engineering classes can be challenging, and so can the classes in the college. Be ready to study and ready to learn.

  • 01/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 4 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UVA is great for anybody, I believe. There are so many great things offered by The University, and I have not met a single person while here who doesn't absolutely love it.

    Tips for prospective students

    One thing that prospective students should do is definitely visit all of the schools that they are applying to and never base your opinion of a school off of stereotypes and what they hear from other people. I had my heart set on going to another school from the 4th grade all the way through the first semester of my senior year of high school. I actually almost refused to even visit UVA. However, my mom made me visit and I took the opportunity to stay overnight to sort of see what it was like to live there, and I fell in love. I would say to definitely take advantage of any over-night stays or programs being offered at prospective schools. Make sure to ask lots of questions on tours and sit in on a couple of classes and talk to professors if you can.

    Bang for the buck

    The one and only problem I have with UVA is that I feel like as a first year I paid entirely too much for my meal plan. UVA's dining facilities are nice and the food is quite good, but I did not agree with the price of the meal plan (it comes out to about 8 dollars a meal). There wasn't a problem until I visited friends at other schools and realized that they were only paying about 4-5 dollars per meal. Other than that, I think that for the amazing quality of education received, facilities and wonderful programs, UVA is quite the bargain. I definitely agree with what some say about The University: Public tuition for private education.

    Am enjoying being here

    Chalottesville is absolutely amazing. I love how I always feel completely safe walking around Grounds at any time of the day. Also, there is always something to do. Whether it be taking the trolley to the Downtown Mall or the bus to Barracks (another shopping center) or just walking down The Corner to get a bagel at Bodo's, my friends and I never feel bored while at The University. The Grounds are beautiful, and I also feel like UVA is just the right size. I am able to see people I've never met before each day, but I also always run into a friend. It's a tight-knit community of like-minded people who want to do well and have goals but also want to enjoy themselves. It's really nice to be surrounded by that balance. Lastly (and most importantly) UVA has a wonderful community and system of trust. The Honor Code at The University keeps order and makes everyone living within the community feel safe and able to trust their peers at all times. UVA is absolutely wonderful and I cannot picture myself anywhere else.

    Am learning a lot

    The University offers a wide variety of course-work and majors. I am often overwhelmed (in a very good way) by the courses being offered each semester and am faced with a tough decision when it comes to choosing which ones to take. The professors are great and are always available to listen during their office hours. Every professor I've had has shown great enthusiasm for their subject and great care for their students' well-being. Also, there is a very wide variety of clubs to join. I've been able to learn so much about different service organizations and get involved not only in the Charlottesville community but also the world. There are also tons of other fun clubs that offer new hobbies. I personally joined Baking Club and Salsa Club. Learning new, fun and relaxing things while making friends is one of the best parts of UVA.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    8 out of 13 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 5 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Balanced. smart, but athletic. Dedicated, but social. Must be either a Virginian, an legacy candidate, or near the top of your class.

  • 07/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 6 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UVA is great for outgoing students who want to learn but enjoy having fun when they're not studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early! At the Activities Fair in the fall, find some organizations and sign up. Go to the interest meetings and if you like what you see/hear, join the group!

    Bang for the buck

    UVA is a great deal for in-state students.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone I've met has been really friendly.

  • 12/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 7 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UVA is a public university and houses every type of person imaginable - everyone will find a crowd to hang with. But also, Charlottesville is a bit of a ritzy city. As a general stereotype, many UVA students are wealthy, preppy, and from Northern Virginia. However, there are many students that don't fit this bill and who have found a place here. UVA is great for students who love to work hard. The courses are hard and studying is a big part of the UVA culture. Partying is as well, especially on the weekends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come see the campus, instead of applying blind. The grounds are beautiful and a big part of what most Wahoos love about UVA. Also, UVA is a public university and has many types of students, so everyone can find a way to fit in here. Lastly, if you get waitlisted and really want to attend UVA, don't just sit around and wait. Make a case with the admissions office and tell them how much you want to go to Virginia. The admissions office loves to accept students who are passionate about the school.

    Bang for the buck

    Attending the University of Virginia is well worth the tuition bills. Also, the University is very good about giving students financial aid who need it. Although, Charlottesville is an expensive city in general, so that should be taken into consideration when choosing a college.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Virginia is not only amazing academically, but it's located in Charlottesville, a wonderful city, and the campus is beautiful and a perfect size for a university. There is never a dull moment in Charlottesville - there are always lots of community events happening downtown and on campus. There's a lot of school spirit as well, which adds to the feeling of community here on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The courses here are very rigorous and challenging, but if you love to learn and work hard, then UVA is the place for you. The professors and even the TAs are all very knowledgeable about their subjects and are always available to help you with you work. As with most colleges, there is a core curriculum that every student has to fulfill, which allows you to study things you may not have. Basically at UVA, you get as much out of the classes as you put into them.

  • 01/25/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 8 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students who can manage their time between studying and a lot of different activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit the campus! I knew I wanted to come after seeing how beautiful the campus was and realizing it did not feel as big as it is. Try to come visit on a day when you can also come see a sporting event or listen to an a cappella group so that you can get a glimpse at some UVA traditions!

    Bang for the buck

    UVA is a top-ranked school, but it is a public college, so it is not as expensive as many of the top schools. Though I am not part of it, I have friends who say the financial aid program is very helpful.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus and have met a lot of incredible people. There are so many different clubs and activities to be involved in that you can find the perfect fit for you. I am from a small school, so it is a little hard to adjust to such a large school where you do not really see the same people all the time.

    Am learning a lot

    Because this is such a big school, there is a large variety of different class choices and you are very likely to be able to get into a class you want to take. I have been able to take some fun classes my high school did not offer, like Economics or Studies in Drama. I also learned a lot more in one semester of French here than I did in three years at high school.

  • 12/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I'd say that UVa is for those who are serious about learning, but not too serious to not have fun every once in a while! You must be a willing student who wants to take the time to read the textbooks and study hard for tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to go to college! I know that in high school I was SO ready to get out of there and out of my house. I needed something new. But when the time came for me to actually pack my bags and boxes and head down to Charlottesville, it was terrifying! In no time though, I realized that I had nothing to be afraid of, because UVa was awesome and was everything I was looking forward to in a college :)

    Bang for the buck

    Though I did get a couple scholarships coming into college, UVa is definitely worth what you pay, especially for an in-state student. The experience here is so valuable that I couldn't even put a price tag on it... even though there is one!

    Am enjoying being here

    I could not imagine going to any other college! Wahoowa! At first, the idea of going to college was scary. But once I had spent a week here I really found that it fit everything I was looking for in a college. Though there are SO MANY fun activities to take part in, the thing that I loved the most was that you can tell that everyone is very dedicated to their studies and their education. Another thing that I love is that you are able to see so many different people when you look around. The location of UVa is ideal also, with many shopping centers close by.

    Am learning a lot

    Being in college in the first place has given me the opportunity to learn many new things about being independent and about life. I have learned many essential things about living on my own-- especially how to make many interesting and creative microwavable meals and how to do my own laundry! As far as classes go, each and every professor and teacher's assistant are very qualified to teach the classes. Many of the professors are actually the authors of their own textbooks, so you know that they really know what they're talking about!

  • 12/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UVa is great for students who are determined to succeed. UVa is a very rigorous school and needs students with strong academics and who are well rounded in their lives. UVa wants to see students who take leadership positions and are leaders of their communities. If you're thinking that UVa is all about partying, you are mistaking. Yes, college students party...UVa students do, why not? but it's not only about partying and having fun, it's about being well rounded and having your life balanced.

    Tips for prospective students

    UVa is a top notch school, GPA is important and so are the SATs, but also your extra curricular activities! Take All the AP Courses your school offers or as many as you can handle. Study for the exams, get a 5 and you will be exempted form a lot of courses that you do not want to take as an incoming first year. One of them is Chemistry. Once you get in, studying doesn't stop. Stay on top of your academics and you will go well academically and you will be able to enjoy your life at UVa a lot more than people who cram all their studying at the last minute!

    Bang for the buck

    Even though UVa is a public school, you get a top notch education at a public school price! If you qualify for financial aid, you will be set because most of it will be covered! University of Virginia, for 2011 2nd Best Public University 25th Best Public/Private National University (tied with UCLA and Wake Forest) If you're instate, you really get a great education for a really low price! Out of state students aren't so lucky, but you get financial aid..if you have outside scholarships you will be set! Out-of-State Entering Non-Virginian Returning Non-Virginian Tuition & Fees $33,782 $33,582 Books & Supplies $1,167 $1,167 Room $5,070 $5,070 Board $3,930 $3,930 Personal Expenses $2,270 $2,270 Travel ($608 - $1,518) ($608 - $1,518) TOTAL $46,219 + travel $46,019 + travel In-State Entering Virginian Returning Virginian Tuition & Fees $10,836 10,636 Books & Supplies $1,167 $1,167 Room $4,660 $5,070 Board $3,930 $3,930 Personal Expenses $1,950 $2,270 Travel ($0 - $350) ($0 - $350) TOTAL $22,543 + travel $23,073 + travel

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at The University of Virginia. I love the people, the teachers, classes, professors, school, school spirit, love for our community and the sense of safety we have because of honor code. When I was in high school, I never really had any Hispanic friends, but when I came to UVa, a lot of Latinos became my best friends. I don't know what I would do with out them. After every week of hard work I enjoy spending it with my friends. Together have the most epic times of the entire school! I would love you come visit and experience what the WAHOOWA experience is really like. There is so much to do at UVa, but unfortunately there are only 24 in a day. I wish days were longer so that I could study and do everything that UVA offers for its students :)

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a whole lot in the Engineering School at The University of Virginia. In the past 2.5 years I've learned a great deal from all my classes. I've had the opportunity to take not only engineering classes, but other classes that interest me. I have taken classes that deal with the Latino and Hispanic population here in the United States. I've taken Italian, yet I'm not fluent, but I'm getting there and I've only taken one class. I have also taken other courses geared towards my major such as calculus, multivariable calculus, physics, chemistry, differential equations, C++, Java, Advanced Software development, Science Technology and Society, and much more! Professor usually teach in a medium to large size setting, but if you want to get extra help you can always go to their office hours where you can have a one on one time with the professor and ask them all the questions you have about the class. You will not only learn in the classroom, but also outside when you're doing activities in the organizations you join or events that you attend. Learning is something that's going on at UVA 24/7.

  • 05/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UVA is great of everyone and anyone. No matter who you are, no matter how quirky, loud, quite, or whatever personality you have, you WILL find a group of friends who you will make lasting friendships with.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is definitely a new experience and it will be one of the best times of your life. The most important thing I can say is make sure you do not neglect your studies your first semester; there will be many new experiences and opportunities but keep good grades your first semester and you will not be regretting it semesters to come because raising your GPA is very difficult. Other than that, learn to manage your time properly; find a good balance between work and play.

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the top universities in the nation and it is a public university, meaning it is much cheaper than a private university for instate students. You get out of it what you put into it, and if you put in your all, you'll definitely make it worth every single penny you pay. Make use of the libraries, your meal plan, opportunities to hang out with friends, and everything possible and you will definitely enjoy every moment.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it here. There is so much to do around grounds, around Charlottesville, and in the surrounding areas when you are not studying. From the corner to the downtown mall to hiking humpback rock, there's something fun and interesting for everyone to do. Many people also join a fraternity or a sorority and become a part of Greek life at UVA, which also provides a whole other outlet to meet new people and partake in fun activities. However, there is no need to join Greek life to meet new people, because you're constantly meeting new people.

    Am learning a lot

    From the second you step onto grounds, you start learning something new everyday, whether it be in the classroom, in dorms, on grounds, or anywhere in Charlottesville. Classes are difficult but stimulating; if you have the right attitude, you will enjoy every class you take. There are all types of classes, from the 400 student auditoriums to the 12 person classroom, and you will get a taste of all of it. The professors and TA's are first class, and you will get so much out of one class if you put in the effort.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    serious students. uva also has its own hospital and grad programs in medicine, nursing, law, engineering, education, business, commerce, architecture and public policy.

    What to do for fun

    go hiking or camping in nearby shenandoah national park. concerts and theater downtown in charlottesville and sporting events, concerts, plays and performances at the new john paul jones arena.

    Food and Dining

    the food on grounds is just ok. get a meal plan that allows you to eat elsewhere when you get tired of the food.

    Dorm Life

    first year students are required to live on campus - no cars. i think it really helps you to get involved in things and focus.

    Academic Rigor

    very rigorous to enter and to maintain.

    Tips for prospective students

    at uva you are not on campus, you are on grounds. you will be a first year entertering, not a freshman. students and alumni are cavaliers as well as wahoos (hoos for short).

    In three sentences

    uva is a great school with lots of history, traditions and spirit. life on grounds is rigorous but engaging. the area surrounding charlottesville is very nice.

  • 01/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Am enjoying being here

    I had a hard time choosing between UVA and another college last year, and for all you rising 1st-years who are also stumped with a decision, UVA was the right choice. I can't imagine going to any other school. The other students and teachers in Charlottesville are committed to learning and teaching each other far more than any other place. All of the clubs and societies are student-run and are well organized. The social scene is a blast with something for everyone to do. UVA really is the best university in the country.

    Am learning a lot

    During high school, I tried to push myself to take the hardest classes to prepare me for college, and it sure did help. While the classes at UVA are challenging, the teachers are superb and interact with students often. Even though my GPA isn't as good as it was in high school, I have learned more in one semester at UVA than I did in an entire year in high school.

  • 02/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Every type! There's a niche for everybody.

    Tips for prospective students

    First and foremost, visit the school to get a feel for the grounds and community. Don't slack off senior year; they are definitely watching to make sure you don't slip up. Don't worry about being an out-of-state or even international student; everybody is very accepting and receptive to all kinds of cultures. Apply for scholarships!

    Bang for the buck

    While the tuition is a tad expensive (especially for out-of-state students), it's hard to see where our money is going. Currently, there are renovations going on that could be stalled for more important projects such as sprucing up the old dorms or improving dining hall food. Wireless internet network could also use some funds for improvement.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere and community here are great! Definitely a tight-knit group of students and faculty that are very welcoming. Everybody is very positive and upbeat, no matter where you come from. Friendliness is around every corner and in every classroom.

    Am learning a lot

    Here is where the University excels. Professors and classes are right on target and do not mess around with busy work or superfluous information. Assignments aim to increase and develop your understanding of the material.

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    smart, adventurous, outgoing, sporty

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    steam tunneling, beta bridge

    What to do for fun

    join clubs!

    In three sentences

    a great school with great friends, professors, and staff

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    aside from the townie who apparently groped a bunch of guys, it is reasonably safe

    Greek Life

    a lot of people

    Clubs and Activities

    there are clubs for a lot of stuff, ranging from brazilian jiu-jitsu to that dumb my little pony fad

    Great for these types of students

    work hard, party hard. or just work hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    streaking the lawn, steam tunneling (exploring the underground steam pipes. this is trespassing so be careful)

    Bang for the buck

    great education and good social scene for a decently low price.

    What to do for fun

    rugby road for frat parties. culture clubs such as csa tend to have their own parties on jpa (jefferson park avenue). bars on the corner. lots of clubs (as in... student organizations) and im sports. ski resorts such as wintergreen are no more than an hour away.

    Food and Dining

    for the high price, the food is mediocre. all first years (freshmen) are required to get a meal plan, which costs over $2000. for that price, one would expect much better food, but you just get mediocre dining hall food that you can at most eat 15 times a week (not that you would want to eat it any more often)

    Dorm Life

    the first year (freshmen) dorms are mediocre unless you end up in the new dorms (kellogg, watson-webb, etc). the rooms are okay, but the new dorms are very nicely built and clean. the old dorms (mccormick road dorms) are best for social lives, as people are just more connected. it is easy to socialize since you live within mere yards of so many others. however, old dorms lack air conditioning and are hot during warm months. on the other hand, gooch-dillard tends to be isolated since people live in suites and don't mingle much outside of those. those guys (incl. me) just go to other dorms to hang out.

    Academic Rigor

    uva is pretty rigorous: you should expect it to be, given its position. but the rigor truly depends on what classes you take. note that unlike what you did in high school, these classes actually require you to read and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    despite its prestige and apparent rigor, the student body is pretty diverse. there are partiers and studiers, nerds and slackers. the important thing is to not completely become one of those. remember, have fun but also make your education count. these four years are what decide your future.

    In three sentences

    the university of virginia (uva) is a great school that offers vast opportunities for its alumni. because of its relatively cheap out-of-state tuition (and good in-state tuition), it is a good value for a great education. its departments are ranked high, especially the mcintire school of commerce, which is one of the top ranked undergraduate business schools in the country.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a great school and the education is worth it. It is more beneficial with in state tuition.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of variety in meals which also differ from dining hall to dining hall. If those are not preferred there are a lot of stores near the grounds.

    Academic Rigor

    It will require a lot of time and patience, but with study groups and focused attention it is manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am going to attend this fall. As for applying, you have to truly show a passion for learning and match the rigor the school wants

  • 12/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can really find their niche at UVa. The population is very diverse.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start your application early. UVa tends to be very selective and turns down many qualified students for those who may seem less qualified. Highlight your leadership in your application and make sure that all your essays show what kind of person you are.

    Bang for the buck

    Quality of education is great and is priced at public school rates. Costs for out of state students can be high though. Some don't always receive the financial aid that they want.

    Am enjoying being here

    The social life hear is great. Get involved early. I immediately got involved with the marching band here and made friends quickly. The only negative is that Greek Life sometimes can dominate the social scene especially during your first and second year. Rush is not until the the second semester of your first year though and much of the population is not in a fraternity or sorority.

    Am learning a lot

    The quality of education hear is great. All of my professors are really knowledgeable and great at teaching. However, it is important that you still try to take classes from the better professors.

  • 12/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The people who do the best are the ones who are self-motivated and willing to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research on everything! Look up class and professor reviews before signing up for a class. Talk to advisors before picking a major. Ask upperclassmen questions about the social life. Don't be afraid to ask for advice; most people are more than willing to help

    Bang for the buck

    As an out-of-state student tuition is really expensive, but I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. I feel that I'm getting high-quality education AND enjoying my time here so the tuition is worth it. UVA is pretty good about giving out financial aid and scholarships so make sure you look into them and complete the FAFSA

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying every minute of being at UVA. I thought I would be bored coming from a big city to Charlottesville, but the campus life keeps me busy and entertained. There is always something going on. The Corner and the Downtown Mall are great hang-out spots, especially if you love food.

    Am learning a lot

    UVA is definitely hard as far as academics go and you need to be motivated in order to do well in most classes. A lot of professors are extremely passionate about what they're teaching, which helps classes go a lot smoother. Most professors are approachable and friendly so there's no reason not to go to office hours if you need help.

  • 12/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that don't strive for just average. Those willing to set a schedule to balance your academics and social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    The big thing for me in deciding on Virginia was the way I felt when I was on grounds. I felt like I was at home and it was the place I needed to be. Also, on your essays, just be honest with the way you feel. Don't feel nervous about not sticking to something the Admission board wants to see, they WANT to see your individuality.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an in-state student, the price for all that UVA offers is excellent.

    Am enjoying being here

    UVA does not focus all of its time on straight academics. UVA encourages students to be involved in extra curricular activities. Whether that be joining a new club, making a new club yourself, or being involved in student council, there are many ways to get involved at the University. From my experience, I've enjoyed the balance I've created between my academics and social/extra curricular activities. You meet so many different people and begin to develop connections with a vast spectrum of people.

    Am learning a lot

    The University pushes you as a student and as a person. Professors expect a level of professionalism in their classrooms. You are pushed to read and write at your highest ability. UVA encourages students to take an out-of-the-box class, something you never thought you would ever take. You learn to expand your horizons educationally and socially. Not only are you exposed to education, but you are exposed to a whole new batch of people. Being at the University has taught me so much about life and education, all in one, as a college or university should.

  • 05/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    UVA is definitely worth it. Always and forever a Wahoo.

    Am enjoying being here

    I was told that I wouldn't enjoy going to college in the same town I grew up in, but it's like it's own separate world, and there is so much to do on and off grounds.

    Am learning a lot

    Being at this University has taught me so much and I have learned more than I ever thought possible about music and the arts.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    The whole campus is gorgeous. I'm not a current student so I can't speak for much else, but there's so much to do in Charlottesville as well as surrounding areas (close to D.C., the ocean, the mountains....).

  • 10/03/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    I think UVA will help me achieve my goal Academically as well as in soccer. My ultimate goal is to either be in Landscaping or play Professional. UVA is my best fit and I would love to attend.

  • 11/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 109

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    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent, intellectually curious, out-going, social, bookish, athletic...really everyone can find their niche at UVA!

    Tips for prospective students

    Stand out in your application essay, be genuine, and show the admission officers what makes you unique and able to excel at this school. Also, people here are very studious, so be prepared for a few all-nighters, a lot of coffee, but to feel very rewarded. It is hard to get in, challenging while you are here, but very rewarding when you have graduated in terms of personal accomplishment and job opportunities.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are an In-State student, you will get a much better deal than an Out-of-State student. UVA is a great public school with a price that is relatively reasonable. There are infinite resources for the students (numerous gyms, 5 million plus volumes in our libraries, etc...) so in that regard, the students here get what they pay for.

    Am enjoying being here

    The other students at UVA really help make the school great. My peers are extremely bright and challenge me to do my best. I have friends from many different countries as well as all walks of life, and it really adds the the educational mix.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here are intriguing, challenging, and insightful. The professors are approachable if you make an effort. People often complain that classes are large at UVA, but this semester I have classes of 9, 18, 60, 60, and 150 students, which is actually quite good. Even in my largest class of 150, the professor still allows students to ask clarification questions during the lecture, which is awesome.

  • 11/30/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Very Intelligent. Hard working. Students who love to give back to their community.

    Will enjoy being here

    The grounds and town is gorgeous!

    Will learn a lot

    The staff and students here are so friendly and very knowledgeable.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 109

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    Great for these types of students

    Any student! There's so much variety and diversity in terms of clubs, activities on-grounds and off-grounds, academics, nightlife, etc that I think anyone could find their niche. But, students who are motivated, love to volunteer, like outdoor activities, and aren't afraid to put in the extra effort will definitely love it.

    Tips for prospective students

    It rains a ton. People here are pretty outdoorsy. And yes, like you've heard, we work hard and play hard - until the wee hours of the morning.

    Bang for the buck

    On-campus dining is on the pricier side, but there are a lot of options off-campus for much less! After first year, you'll find that housing isn't cheap, but, sharing rooms, renting an actual house, or living farther off grounds does make the rent lower.

    Am enjoying being here

    Charlottesville has the nice small town, close-knit feeling, but the community is so cultured and diverse that it never gets boring. And if you like the mountains, UVa's right next door. I've never felt like there wasn't anything to do on the weekends.

    Am learning a lot

    I came into UVa with minimal schooling in math and sciences. As an engineering student, the classes were tough and so different from high school. Intro and general education classes are all huge lectures and sometimes it's hard to really get anything out of those classes. But I found that if you try, even a small amount, you do end up learning a lot. Higher level classes are the best because they're more hands-on and you do end up learning no matter how much effort you put in.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are plenty of options for fun. uva has a party atmosphere on the weekends (especially with the dominance of greek life). but if even if you're not into partying there's still plenty of other ways to have fun and charlottesville is a great college town.

    Food and Dining

    uva provides a variety of dining places to choose. unfortunately, the food in general is pretty bad.

    Dorm Life

    freshman dorms provide a great social atmosphere where it's easy to meet people. the older dorms are close to campus and rugby road while the newer dorms are nicer, but a little further away. upperclassmen dorms aren't that great, so a lot of people live off grounds.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are challenging, but not overwhelming. professors expect students to work and are usually very helpful. getting an a in most classes is pretty tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you're looking for a typicalcollege experience, then uva is a great choice. it's great for those who are looking for a larger school, challenging academics, and greek life.

    In three sentences

    overall, the school has a good balance of social and academic.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Prestigious. Acedimic rigor seems high.

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 109

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    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, enthusiastic, dedicated students who are eager to learn from others, but also able to think for themselves.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UVA has a number of secret societies (some of them less secret than others--like the Imps, whose initiations are public!) Streaking the Lawn is also a popular tradition, as well singing our school's anthem The Good Old Song after every touchdown in a football game.

    Bang for the buck

    UVA has a tremendous amount of resources that it makes available to its students, from its resource centers for minority groups or majors, to its available and approachable faculty and staff. UVA's curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences is also very broad, requiring students to take classes in the sciences and humanities, as well as 2 writing classes, a non-western perspective course, and at least 2 years of a foreign language. While it is a rigorous curriculum, it provides the students with the opportunity to study as broadly as they can before narrowing their studies to their major of choice. UVA also has an extensive study-abroad program.

    What to do for fun

    There's much to do in Charlottesville and close to UVA grounds: shopping and restaurants on The Corner or the Downtown Mall, lots of local band performances on the weekends, big-time entertainment at the John Paul Jones Arena (from Lady Gaga to Bill Engvall), and a wide variety of sporting events. Not to mention beautiful natural scenery, hiking and swimming in the spring and summer!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to work hard academically! But do not be discouraged by the workload; UVA is a community devoted to connecting its students with helpful resources. Also, take advantage of getting to know your professors. They are your best friends when it comes to getting help in classes, and they are genuinely interested in their students and in assisting them however they can.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia has a highly competitive academic environment with a very motivated student body. However, the students, faculty, and university staff are friendly, open, and helpful--especially to incoming first year students and transfers. UVA also takes great care to promote diversity and tolerance for all the different student groups, but never at the expense of any group in particular.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 109

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    Campus Safety

    UVA is extremely safe. I would not have come here if I felt the slightest bit unsafe. UVA has University police always around grounds. Also, they have a blue light system lighting up pathways around grounds so that if you feel unsafe when walking around, usually at night, you can push it and UVA police will be there in, I believe, under 1 or 2 minutes. Also, there is a safe ride system in place to bring students back home on grounds at night between 2 and 7 when the buses aren't running for free. This is completely safe and run by police officers as well. Students may also use yellow cab or other cab services if necessary. In addition, UVA has an honor code which is taken very seriously. This includes being able to use yellow cab and pay them back later stating the honor code, being able to trust other students to return lost items and many other things including not cheating.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said before, clubs and activities are completely student-run. There are many clubs available, and if you don't see one you like, you may make your own club!!

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a challenge or those who love being near the mountains. The University also is it's own community within a community. The town does not run through grounds like many other schools.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some traditions at UVA would include streaking the lawn, graduation on the lawn, singing the Good Ole Song, Rotunda dinners, Lighting of the Lawn and many others. Like you may have guessed, the Lawn is a HUGE part of the University. The Lawn holds Thomas Jefferson's (our founder) plan for the academical village. It also includes the Rotunda which sits at the head of the lawn and is an amazing site to see. Some privileged fourth years (seniors) even get to live on the lawn alongside chosen faculty or Deans.

    Bang for the buck

    I definitely think that UVA is a great bang for your buck kind of school. I have had so many opportunities within my first year at UVA that I can't even do them all. I think that due to the student government, the University is very open to opinions and just wants the best for its students.

    What to do for fun

    There are many opportunities for fun activities at UVA. Many clubs and organizations do activities such as climbing the mountains nearby to going apple picking to playing broom ball (kind of like hockey but you go on the ice with tennis shoes on). There is a downtown mall nearby which the Charlottesville Albemarle Transit (CAT) buses and free trolleys can take you to. Also there you can go downtown and just hang out at the shops and restaurants there. People also like to party like at any university on the weekend. No matter what your interest, you can usually find others to join you at UVA.

    Food and Dining

    Food on grounds is okay. I would say that it has it's ups and downs , but food is food just the same. The best foods in my opinion are places such as Shea House Pavilion IX and Crossroads. Also, the corner has great restaurants from Bodo's (homemade bagels and cream cheese) to Arch's (Frozen Yogurt).

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life on grounds. However, I do live in Dillard which is one of the farther dorms on grounds. My dorm has air conditioning and is suite style, meaning that I live in a place where there are 6 single rooms arranged like an apartment. We have a kitchen and are about a 30 second walk from the closest dining hall. All first year dorms are within walking distance of grounds and if you just don't feel like walking you can take the bus or the free trolley to get to class. A Lot of dorms are hall style which is a double room with about 22 rooms in each hall with I believe 2 Resident Assistants (RAs) per hall. It is so easy to make friends with either setup, so don't worry. Also, they are making new dorms right now which should be ready within the next year or so.

    Academic Rigor

    UVA is going to be a little bit challenging, but anyone applying to UVA should know this. I came in knowing that I would be about average compared to other students here. If you get into UVA, this may be a little hard to adjust to, but it's okay. If I had to, I would choose the same school again no matter how much I may be challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Anyone looking for a good sized school with a challenging course load should fit in perfect at UVA. Although it may look hard, the community is very close so that professors and peers are always available for help. I recommend taking a tour with U-guides and staying over night via Monroe Society ( not affiliated with the University of Virginia, but is a great program run by students for prospective students). Also, do not use the terms campus or freshman, sophomore, etc.

    In three sentences

    UVA is a great community where everyone tries their hardest, but also know when to let loose and have fun. The school activities are student-run which allows a greater involvement by students as to how programs are run. Grounds is such a beautiful place and is just the right size so that no matter where you go, will always pass a few people that you know.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek life is very active at UVa, but the Greek community is also very open to non-Greek students.

    Clubs and Activities

    More than you can count. I have been involved with about a dozen organizations and have helped start two.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have our lingo including, Grounds and the Lawn. One of the greatest traditions is the Honor system that unites the student body around a common set of values. One of the more fun traditions is streaking the Lawn.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm in-state. Can't beat it.

    What to do for fun

    Charlottesville has a great music and art scene. There are lots of wineries and places to go hiking. University athletic events are also a must to experience.

    Food and Dining

    University food and dining is mediocre, but Charlottesville has tons of excellent restaurants that are within walking distance of Grounds and are less expensive per meal that the dining plan.

    Dorm Life

    The new dorms that are being built are among the nicest in the country. More importantly, UVa helps foster a community feeling within dorm life that sticks with you and gives you a home for your time at the University.

    Academic Rigor

    You can challenge yourself with difficult classes or find opportunities to do less work. Either way, the University holds high academic standards of which we are all proud.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as many service and student organizations as possible to meet your fellow students and to take a role in the University.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia is a place of integrity and tradition that seeks to involve students in a number of social and academic circles, making the school feel much smaller that the actual enrollment suggests.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 109

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    Campus Safety

    While UVA did make national news for a student's murder two years ago, most of the safety emails from the police department are unusual, isolated incidents that aren't too bad and aren't terribly surprising with a low-income community living right behind where most students party. I don't recommend walking alone at night, but I don't recommend doing that no matter where in the world you are. Overall, I feel safe at UVA. I also love how the Honor Code encourages people to keep each other and possessions safe and help them out when they're out. I have lost my cell phone 3 or 4 times on the bus and in the library and have had it returned to me every time because of how genuine UVA students are.

    Greek Life

    I participated in Informal Rush this past fall after having a very uncertain attitude towards Greek Life for the previous two years. I enjoyed rush, but Greek Life ended up being not for me. I have already found friends and leadership opportunities on my own without having to pay a sorority, so I gave up on joining one, but my friends that are in one seem to enjoy them. You definitely don't have to go Greek to have a great time at UVA.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Activities Fair in August is almost overwhelming with how many different clubs there are to join!

    Great for these types of students

    The seriously motivated student will do amazing at UVA. You also have to be willing to embrace UVA's Southern preppy culture.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hereford Residential College is a fantastic dorm that few people know much about or care to check out, but I highly recommend it!

    Bang for the buck

    UVA is truly an amazing place. After studying abroad this past semester (on Semester at Sea, which UVA academically sponsors and I highly recommend!), I came back to UVA for graduation a few weeks to see some of my best friends walk the Lawn and take their diplomas. As soon as I stepped foot back on UVA, I felt immediately at home. This place has challenged me academically, grown me spiritually and intellectually, and given me some of my best friends for life- what more could you ask for?

    What to do for fun

    I'm not into partying, but I still have a blast on the weekends. My friends and I are known to gather at their house and play Fax Machine until 2am, where we end up having just as much as fun and are just as giggly as those who went to the Corner drinking but are completely sober and remember our fun times the following morning. I love walking along the Lawn- seeing the sheer variety of things it is used for is always very interesting and usually quite entertaining. I find participating in my dorm's programming to be a great way to have some fun- give your RAs a chance and go to their programs!

    Food and Dining

    Most people say the food is so-so at UVA, but I think it's pretty great. Then again, I have experienced military food and British teenage boy camping food, so I know what terrible food tastes like. UVA's is pretty darn good. A little monotonous, yeah, but be adventuresome and combine food in ways your Mom probably wouldn't let you at the dinner table at home. Cereal for dinner is also always great!

    Dorm Life

    I have loved living in a dorm for all 3 of my years at UVA and am excited to move back into a dorm this fall for my 4th year. The residential colleges, especially Hereford (where I have been since 2nd year), give a really great opportunity to have an awesome time and live and learn in a very unique community- try them out!

    Academic Rigor

    UVA is the #2 public school in the nation for a reason. Academics are hard here, but everyone's in the same boat, so people understand what you're going through.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Do not go home during your first semester except for Fall and Thanksgiving break- give UVA a chance on the weekends. Embrace UVA's quirks, even if they initially seem odd (sundresses at football games are awesome, no matter what your non-UVA friends tell you!).

    In three sentences

    This is a thrilling school. I wasn't sure about it, but my Mom declared that I would go to UVA out of all the ones I got into and sure enough, she was right- I fell in love with the school right away. The driven atmosphere is just perfect.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can always count on Saferide or call a cab

    Greek Life

    About 33%, but no pressure to join one.

    Clubs and Activities

    So much variety and if you still can't find the one you want, you can form your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone feels welcome at UVa.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go streaking!

    Bang for the buck

    Great financial aid staff.

    What to do for fun

    You can hang out on grounds, go party, or just stay and watch a movie.

    Food and Dining

    Food is so-so. Not worth the money, but it is required for first years.

    Dorm Life

    Very friendly people. Resident advisors are sooo nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a very competitive school, but it is very manageable if you plan out your day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try new things. Office hours are very helpful.

    In three sentences

    UVA has the most beautiful campus. It is rich in history and full of fun traditions. The best college to attend.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UVA is a tradition-heavy school. We have many secret societies that are responsible for tags and signs around grounds, as well as large donations and endowments to the school. A capella groups are also a large tradition here, either participating in them, or seeing a group at various times and outlets throughout the year. Our annual Lighting of the Lawn rings in the holiday season, and students are challenged to maintain their academic integrity with an all-student run honor code at the University.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, you can't beat the University of Virginia. It is one of the best public universities in the country, and attending in-state brings you a large discount. For out of state students, if the University offers a degree program you are particularly interested in, it's a good choice.

    What to do for fun

    There is a large social aspect of UVA; students can join many student-run organizations, participate in a fraternity or a sorority, or attend countless concerts, lectures, or parties. The Corner is a large gathering place for students, offering a vibrant restaurant and bar scene.

    Food and Dining

    The dining program at UVA is typical of many colleges; it's not the best, and it's not the worst. There are three main dining areas on grounds (Newcomb, Observatory Hill, and Runk) as well as many other smaller facilities that serve as cafes or specialty stores.

    Dorm Life

    The University of Virginia has good dorms overall, and is constructing many new facilities (opening 2012-2014). These new dorms are great, and even the older dorms provide easy acces to classes, meals, and friends.

    Academic Rigor

    You can challenge yourself at the University by taking advanced classes in your field. Don't hesitate to contact professors for more information about their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be who you are on your application! UVA may consider you for a scholarship based on your application essay or previous experience, so don't hold back. Describe your passions and your experiences; if the school is a good fit for you, they'll let you know!

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia is a great research institution. I chose to come here based on the University's academic rigor, traditions, and excellent professors. The students are also actively engaged in the community on-grounds and in Charlottesville through school-sponsored outreach.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 109

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    What to do for fun

    What do you like to do for fun? Then that is what UVA has for you to do for fun. There are endless clubs and fraternities to get involved in. Any sport you can think of there is a club that you can join and get on the team for it. You will never be bored at UVA. It is almost overwhelming how many fun activities you can get involved in up there. But once you are there for awhile, you decided which fun things you really want to do and those are the activities you get involved in. I'ts great!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at uva is great. It almost reminds of home cooking which isn't an easy feat. All the food their is very well seasoned and is prepared with care. The food in itself is almost a good reason to choice UVA as a college to attend. ha

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is noting less than exciting. There is always something going on in the dorms. The UVA students have come up with their own unique fun games to play in the dorms. I cannot tell you what the games are or how they are played though. I'll let you experience them for yourself. Whatever you like to do, there is always someone near in the dorms that would love to do the same thing with you.

    Academic Rigor

    UVA is one of the top schools and therefore requires its students to have a top academic performance. While there is time for fun and games, there is also time to buckle down and focus on school work. Do not come here in the mindset of party party party! Those like that windup getting low grades and flunking classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    UVA is not easy to get into. If you are serious about attending this school, spend quality time studying for your SAT. The SAT is not the only thing that matters though. Work hard throughout high school and keep your grade point average high. Also, take challenging courses throughout your high school career.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia is one of the greatest schools in the nation that is composed of great professors and great students. It not only depicts an impressive academic body,but it also flaunts great athletic teams providing the school with an unusual balance of work and fun.This university makes the transition from high school into college simple with their helpful orientations,friendly staff,and welcoming students.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 109

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel comfortable walking around campus at any time, during the middle of the day or late at night. The campus is large enough that it sort of forms its own territory separate from Charlottesville. There are some places I wouldn't walk alone in Charlottesville at night, but everywhere on campus is safe.

    Greek Life

    Honestly, as someone who doesn't participate in Greek Life, it all seems kind of obnoxious, but there is no pressure at all to join. People like me can just avoid it, while people who are interested can have a great time participating. As far as I know, if the Greek life is for you, you'll have a fantastic time here. If it's not for you, that's no big deal either.

    Clubs and Activities

    At the beginning of each semester, there is a big activity fair where students can see all of the offerings that are available. There is a club for almost everyone. There are clubs for religions (and lack of religions), service, indoor activities, outdoor activities, athletics, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are an in-state student, your tuition dollars go a long way. UVA offers fantastic research opportunities, rigorous academics, free athletic events, and great facilities like gyms and libraries to students. I can't speak for out of state tuition; it's a bit too pricey for me if I had to make the choice to go here out of state.

    What to do for fun

    Charlottesville is a bustling city with lots to do. It's a big step up if you happen to come from a small town like I did. The public transportation around Charlottesville is free for students, so you can go almost anywhere. The downtown mall has lots of shops, restaurants, and entertainment available. My favorite is the ice rink downtown, but there's something here for almost everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The on-grounds dining is varied and always delicious. It's very convenient to go to one of the three main dining halls wherever you happen to be on campus. Charlottesville has one of the highest restaurants per capita among college towns on the East Coast too, so eating out is always an option.

    Dorm Life

    Much of the UVA experience is self-run. The dorm buildings may be nice, but coordinated social activities are not as common here as elsewhere. As is to be expected when living near a lot of young students, it's also sometimes difficult to get some peace and quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    Introductory classes are typically not rigorous (especially if you had a rigorous high school experience to compare to), but the difficulty picks up fairly quickly. Your GPA will probably be lower here than it was in high school. The classes go into a surprising amount of detail and most are enjoyable too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Much of UVA's experience is left up to you. You get out of it what you put into it. If you're just arriving on campus, make an effort to meet people. I am a shy person, but it was worth it to break out of my shell for just a bit to meet my friends. Also, if you feel UVA is missing something, make it happen yourself! Clubs can be started, events can be held, you can even teach your own seminar for credit. UVA is fairly open to new ideas and you will get some support, but the initiative is yours.

    In three sentences

    UVA is a great place for most types of students. You will find yourself challenged by the academic rigor, surrounded by a wide variety of interesting and intelligent peers, and living in an all-around great city. UVA might not be for you if you dislike large schools, though.

  • 08/24/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 37 of 109

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    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive for anyone looking to go from out of state.

    What to do for fun

    The tour guide I had said a lot of good things about the lawn outside of the Rotunda (the center of the campus). It's beautiful. I could picture lots of cool events being held there.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dinning systems seems very practical.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't been inside of a dorm but the buildings and the placement of them is fantastic.

    Academic Rigor

    From the information session/tour I went on at the main campus, I can tell the academics are top of the line.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am a prospective student myself and I'm very worried about the admissions process.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely gorgeous! I fell in love the second I got there. It seems very academically challenging as well.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police and adults who help you. There is also SafeRide, which you can call for whenever you feel unsafe to take you home.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is big and a lot of people really enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities here including Baking Club and Princess Club!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lighting of the Lawn happens every year, and it is just an event where it brings the whole UVA community together in a very sweet way to end the year.

    Bang for the buck

    UVA is simply the best.

    What to do for fun

    You can visit downtown CVille or even just go to the Corner for some shopping and food.

    Food and Dining

    O'hill and Newcombe have good food.

    Dorm Life

    I LOVE old dorms. My hallmates and roommate are my best friends here!

    Academic Rigor

    UVa does have some academically rigorous courses; however, it's very interesting and helpful!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't stress out over college applications. Just do your best, and the results will definitely follow!

    In three sentences

    UVa has an amazing atmosphere. I absolutely love it here from the knowledgeable professors, football games, to the a capella groups. It was the best decision I ever made to come here!

  • 12/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UVA is great for students who like a good social scene and can handle a challenge. It's very challenging, but it can be tons of fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Write a good essay and make sure you that you have participated in several activities, with leadership positions in a few. You need to be well-rounded in all areas. Just having high numbers may not be good enough. There's a lot of competition and UVA wants the best students.

    Bang for the buck

    All colleges are expensive and UVA is definitely no exception. However, if you compare its prestige and the education that you receive compared to many other school for the same tuition, I think it's reasonable. Financial aid and scholarships are always available.

    Am enjoying being here

    The UVA community is fantastic! You meet tons of people during your first year, and the meeting and greeting never stops! Charlottesville may seem like a small city, but it has loads to offer every year, ranging from concerts to horse races and the downtown area. There are so many different activities that you can participate in, and there's no way to avoid the activities, even if you try.

    Am learning a lot

    UVA has a great academic program. They have a program for almost any field of interest and it provides a rigorous, yet manageable educational curriculum. The professors are a great help and there are tons of extra resources available to help you gauge interest in many different areas.

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, intelligent students. This is not high school!

    Tips for prospective students

    Look in to your desired programs requirements and stay on top of course work. This school is not for the faint of heart.

    Bang for the buck

    Among the best in nation, who can complain about comparable pricing to other public colleges.

    Will enjoy being here

    I think there are absolutely wonderful things at this campus, however, there are some shortcomings. There is plenty to gain here: education, experience, friendships, plus the ability to enjoy the general splendor of the campus.

    Will learn a lot

    The staff in the Speech Pathology program are great! They assign you a grad student as well so that if there are any questions you can ask your peer.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe at UVA, especially with the emergency contact poles spaced along the sidewalks that will call a police officer if pushed. There is also SafeRide which picks up students late at night from the library or wherever to take them back to their dorms.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a huge part of UVA with over 30% of students affiliated. However there are plenty of non Greek students who love it all the same. It is a personal decision.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities. There is an activity fair at the beginning of the year where you can sign up for as many as your heart desires. They range from Harry Potter Appreciation Club to Pre-Professional Clubs to intramural sports (including quidditch!) to volunteering and even secret societies.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a ton of history here for students interested in history and architecture especially. UVA also has a great hospital for those interested in medicine. The Business Program is among the top in the nation and various other programs are great here as well. Any student who wants to attend a world recognized top notch University should come to UVA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The main location on campus is the Rotunda and the Lawn. The Rotunda was built by Thomas Jefferson and is a breathtaking sight at any time of year. An unusual tradition at UVA is to streak the lawn at night.

    Bang for the buck

    You get an Ivy League education at a public school price. What could be better than that?

    What to do for fun

    Join one of the many clubs at UVA, sign up to volunteer through Madison House, participate in philanthropic events, go to Carter's Mountain Orchard and pick apples, hike Humpback rock, visit Monticello, there are tons of things to do at UVA for fun. There is literally always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls get very repetitive and you get tired of them fast. However, plus dollars give you a chance to eat at other places around grounds that breaks up the monotony a bit. I would recommend getting as many plus dollars as you can and as few meal swipes as you can.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms I live in are very old and run down. There is no air conditioning and there have been several bug problems. However, the new dorms are very nice and have air conditioning, elevators, TVs, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    All the classes I have experienced at UVA are very challenging and require a lot of hard work. I also have not felt that any of the classes at UVA are beyond my grasp or too hard for me, and have done well in all of them. As long as you are willing to put forth the effort, there is no reason you should not be able to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a lot of hard work and expect to have to put forth a lot more time and effort into your schoolwork than you did in high school. However, also be prepared for a lot of fun!

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia really is THE University. It offers so many opportunities and experiences that will enrich your life forever. UVA is a great place to be.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UVA is a safe campus as long as you are sensible. Know what to do in an emergency situation, avoid walking alone at night, and be careful when drinking, especially if you are in a stranger's house.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at UVA is one of the only bad things about the university. The administration is not doing enough to prevent dangerous alcohol abuse, sexual assault, and hazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of different clubs at UVA.

    Great for these types of students

    Strongly self-motivated and academic.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UVA is overflowing with traditions, from our strange terminology (grounds instead of campus for example) to our secret societies. UVA was founded by Thomas Jefferson (known here as TJ or Mr. Jefferson) and there is a lot of history here.

    Bang for the buck

    UVA is one of the best-value schools in the country.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun at UVA. You can find something fun no matter what you're interested in. Clubs are usually the best places to look for finding something fun to engage in.

    Food and Dining

    People complain about the food at UVA, but it's really not that bad. There are vegetarian, healthy, and gluten-free options at every dining hall, and the food is over priced but usually tastes okay.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty average.

    Academic Rigor

    UVA is hard to get into, but once you're there, you can choose to either take easy classes or hard classes. UVA is as hard as you make it, academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be overwhelmed by the amount of partying that goes on at UVA. It's very visible, but there are a lot of people who don't go to frats and drink until they puke every night.

    In three sentences

    UVA is just under the Ivy League schools in prestige and rigor. It's medium-sized, and has a lot of different opportunities for different types of students. If you want to get drunk four days a week, you can; if you want to build personal relationships with professors and do undergraduate research, you can do that too.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have no worries or fears.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious and serious students.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, but I manage.

    What to do for fun

    We rent movies, hang out, have socials and parties. There are many school and group sponsored events.

    Food and Dining

    The food if very good and I can always find something to eat whether at the dining hall or using plus dollars on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I had an older dorm but the newer dorms were much nicer and more like hotel rooms. I will be moving into a newer dorm this year.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in a very challenging and academically rigorous program of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit often and talk to many different people.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful experience. It is very supportive and I am learning a lot. I am meeting many new people with similar interests.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On a large campus, safety is imperative. UVA is all about education and safety, and resources for mental and physical wellness are everywhere. As far as crime, University police and Charlottesville police are responsive and always alert, and blue lights are stationed and regular intervals throughout Grounds in case you may need any assistance.

    Greek Life

    Approximately 30% of the student population is involved in Greek Life, and it is much more than the stereotypical Greek institution. While generic frat/srat stars may sometimes feel like they are in abundance, the sororities and fraternities they are a part of do great community service and give back in many ways, genuinely creating a brotherhood or sisterhood. Other times, you are paying for your friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have hundreds upon hundreds of organizations, both completely student-run and overseen by offices within the University, providing you with opportunities to explore any interests you may have. Starting your own club is also quite easy.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, everyone. You can't only target a specific kind of person when you are a large school. However, common stereotypes include preppy and athletic students. Really though, if you are serious about studying but enjoy having fun, UVA is right for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UVa is all about traditions! Thomas Jefferson, our founder, was responsible for much of our terminology, for example. We call ourselves first years instead of freshman, second years instead of sophomores, and so on, as one can never really be a senior in learning. Our campus is called Grounds, the Rotunda (one of UNESCO's hertitage sites) is situation on the Lawn, etc. More than this, there is a list of One Hundred and ___________ things to do before Gradutating list, and each year, the graduating class adds a new challenge. Items on the list vary from streaking the Lawn to eating the Vermonster (20 scoops of ice cream plus cups and cups of toppings. Good luck.). As far as locations go, there is a room in the Alderman Library dubbed The Harry Potter Room thanks to its likeness to Gryffindor Tower. Just don't make a sound or face the death glares you will receive. There is also the Edgar Allen Poe room on the Lawn, providing some history and context as to Poe's time here as a student. Keep an eye out for those steam-tunnelers as well. Watch out for the many secret societies we have as well! For a school so rich in history and tradition, you are bound to learn something new about the school every year.

    Bang for the buck

    For one of the top-ranked universities nationally and the #2 public university in the nation, paying in-state costs is a great deal. Even out-of-state costs are reasonable when you think about the quality of education and breadth of opportunities you are receiving.

    What to do for fun

    At a large school, there is almost too much to do at any given moment. We have hundreds of club and volunteer opportunities that stray from the normal opportunities. We are also strong proponents of student self-governance, and so things like musical acts and events are things students are actually interested in. We get great performers to come to UVA and Charlottesville, from Lady GaGa to Dave Mathews to Fun. to even Riverdance. Outside of Grounds, the city has tons to offer by way of restaurants, movie theaters, the Downtown Mall, Fashion Square, and the Corner (a strip of stores and restaurants right out of Grounds). You'll also soon learn that at UVA, a capella is cool.

    Food and Dining

    Any time food is mass-produced, sacrifices have to be made in terms of quality. However, while carbs are everywhere and the salad bar may seem limited at times, eating healthy and tasty foods is not impossible. There are three main dining halls on Grounds: Newcomb, Runk, and O'hill (short for Observatory Hill Dining Hall). There is also Shea dining hall which is now open to all students during lunch time. Each dining hall has its own quirks and theme nights, so it's up to you which one you like best. There are tons and tons of options, and sometimes it feels repetitive, but many new things are coming out every semester, and food quality and taste have definitely improved.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty much the quintessential first-year experience as far as dorms go. UVA is comprised of the more social Old Dorms and the more isolated New Dorms. Old dorms are closer to most classes and important areas (they are basically situated in the middle of Grounds), and while they are the most social dorms, they are (obviously) much older than the other dorms and do not have AC. They are hallway style and have a quad like many schools have. New dorms are slightly further away from everything, but are newer, (primarily) suite-style, and still provide opportunities for a great social experience. Recently, there have been New New Dorms. I had the pleasure of being among the first to live in Balz-Dobie dorm, and it was a wonderful experience. Within the next few years, almost all of the New Dorms will be knocked down and more New New Dorms will be built. Because of overcrowding issues, UVA has opened up previously primarily upperclassmen housing to first-years. Students also have the options of living in residential colleges (such as Brown for the more eclectic among us, Hereford for the more environmentally conscious, and Shea or the language houses for those interested in a language experience). Each one will provide a unique but enjoyable experience.

    Academic Rigor

    We are often called a public ivy university - what does that tell you about our academics? At such a large school, introductory classes are undoubtedly large, but once you enter more specific classes in your areas of interest, class size dramatically decreases and the great, intimate learning environment with caring and knowledgeable professors many often prefer is established. Currently, the student to faculty ratio is 16:1 and 51.9 percent of classes are comprised of fewer than 20 students. With such statistics, one can truly make a large school as small as they prefer. Classes are often quite difficult, but as a UVA student, you have already demonstrated your academic excellence in high school and deserve to attend such a prestigious institution. It is not impossible to get a good grade by any means, and many classes do curve grades, but the proper effort must be put in place.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research. Come visit the school, take tours, and ask friends that already go here to show you around. As with any school, you must be able to really see yourself here for it to be a great fit for you. We have a beautiful campus (known as Grounds by us Wahoos - get used to our traditions and mannerisms, as they've likely been around for hundreds of years), beautiful people, and renowned professors, but if you can't see yourself enjoying your time here, there is no point. Regardless, at such a large school, you'd be hard-pressed to find something you don't enjoy. Come to the Days on the Lawn after your acceptance: http://www.virginia.edu/undergradadmission/lawndays/ Spend a night with one of our Monroe Society volunteers and get a taste of what dorm life at the University is like: https://sites.google.com/site/themonroesociety/ Utilize every opportunity you have in order to make your decision.

    In three sentences

    One of the best schools in the country, I could not see myself going anywhere else. I have been afforded opportunities here that I know I would not be offered in any other institution. Here, one can truly find a balance between school work, extracurriculars, and just kicking back and relaxing.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are secret societies. We don't call professors Dr. Our campus is referred to as grounds. We are first, second, third or fourth years, rather than freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

    Bang for the buck

    In state students pay $25,000 a year for the top public university in the country. I wish tuition wouldn't keep going up, though.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's important to learn how to study first and foremost, but it's also important to find balance between doing your studies and finding time to enjoy yourself and relax. I would suggest finding a few activities, some that will help your further career/ grad school applications and others for their enjoyment.

    In three sentences

    University of Virginia is a collection of some of the brightest up and coming minds in the country. The competition spurs us on to strive harder and do better, while supplying plenty of opportunities for extracurricular enjoyment and fun.I couldn't be happier.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although anything can happen anywhere, the campus is a safe one. Just be aware of your surroundings and don't travel late at night and alone!

    Greek Life

    I am in a sorority and will say that Greek life is what you make it. If your the organization you are looking for is in the IFC it is predominiate at UVA. If you are looing at the NPH it is less predominate due to the ratio of African Americans at the University.

    Clubs and Activities

    I will say that there are many clubs and organizations for everything, and if you don't like what you see, you can create an organization!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is perfect for people who want to be academically challenged, have a small town, and feel a sense of community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We say first year, second year etc as opposed to freshman, sophomore. We have MANY quirky traditions but you must come here to find out!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is affordable for in state students and it is truly the best bang for your buck. Unfortunately prices are rising!

    What to do for fun

    There is minimal night life. It depends on what you like. he downtown mall is nice if you like the small city feel.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining has its ups and downs. Stick to the cafes and you are good to go!

    Dorm Life

    I was fortunate to have a new dorm and enjoyed every bit of it! First year was definitely the best year.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is challenging but it is well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start building relationships with professors and deans, they are a great resource!

    In three sentences

    This University has a wide array of options to further your career. It is a great institution for learning, I just wish it was in a bigger city/ location with more options for enternatin for all people.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Because UVA is so big there are a lot of things to do. You can join many student groups and meet people that way. Greek life is an option as well. Charlottesville has a lot to explore even though it's a small city.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are fairly decent and they've been improving them. The food isn't terrible or anything, you can just get tired of it. Aside from dining halls though, the more specific eateries are always enjoyable. The restaurants in Charlottesville are all spectacular as the city is known for its food.

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of dorms for freshman when you come in. Each of these dorms presents different styles of dorms: hallway style or suite style. Your roommate/suite mates will usually decide if you like your dorms or not. The council of each dorm offers plenty of bond activities and other events.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes here are very interesting. Most will definitely challenge you; You won't be able to slack off. There are various just for fun classes though. The really large classes (300-400+) can be a bit intimidating if you're not used to that many people. Definitely make use of office hours!

    Tips for prospective students

    UVA is a great university. There are tons of ways to meet new people and make new friends. Academically, you will be challenged and pushed to new limits. The city Charlottesville is a nice small town setting as well with plenty to explore. The city is also known for its great restaurants. Keep in mind how large the university is however.

    In three sentences

    UVA is a wonderful university overflowing with many opportunities. Although it is a large community, everyone stands united behind their love for the university. The atmosphere here is one which truly puts honor first.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety on the campus is very good with security guards patrolling the grounds constantly and emergency phones around grounds if an emergency arises.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very prominent if you want to be a part of it but it is not a necessity to be a part of Greek Life in order to have a good time at UVA.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to be a part of and there are lots of different kinds of groups to meet a variety of interests.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for students that wish to excel academically but also want to have a fun environment outside of the classroom.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Lawn and the Rotunda are historical places on campus and great places to hang out with your friends on a nice afternoon.

    Bang for the buck

    This university is great for the price that you pay.

    What to do for fun

    It is fun to go on the Lawn and hangout with students all around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good and the dining halls have good hours so it is easy to get food whenever you need it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fairly clean and the Resident Advisors are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very difficult so keep up with the workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    This university is very difficult academically so it is important to stay on top of your studies and not fall behind.

    In three sentences

    The academics of the University of Virginia are excellent and extremely challenging. The community works hard to keep students active and spirits high around the school. This university is such an excellent, all-around college to attend.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You just have to be careful! watch what you are doing and know your surroundings. Have friends watch you and travel in groups when you are out and about at night.

    Greek Life

    Great way to make friends but with so many other options itâ??s not necessary if that is not your scene. Frats through big parties but they are not the only ones. Big part of UVa life but only if you want it to be.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many things to choose from, you are going to find something you enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE

    What to do for fun

    From movie night to frat party to study sesh in library UVa has it all. It is really up to you, and what type of person you are.

    Food and Dining

    On campus food is horrible. Luckily we have many other options that are just a quick walk or bus ride away.

    Dorm Life

    You will only have to spend one year in dorms. Most students move to off campus apartments for their second-fourth years.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be a challenge. You will definitely be spending some quality time at one of your favorite libraries on grounds.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school and have fun. Admissions looks for well-rounded students who are involved in their school. Make time for studies as well as other activities.

    In three sentences

    THE University is the place to be! As one of the top schools in the nation, UVa offers a variety of academic programs, sports, clubs, and activities. You will definitely feel at home here.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I felt very safe while I was there.

    Greek Life

    Greek life kinda runs UVA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Singing the Good Ol' Song at Football and Basketball games and Graduation gives you a unique sense of pride, it really feels good.

    Bang for the buck

    Wahoowa!

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do, bars, vineyards, tubing down the James, athletics, trivia nights, the Corner...the list really could go on.

    Food and Dining

    This is the one thing that VTech has over us, food is mediocre at best. You get used to it though, there will be good days and then there will be Dominos days.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms have changed a lot since I've graduated. I stayed in New Dorms which were cool, but they have even newer dorms now.

    Academic Rigor

    This placed has prepared me for the world, I truly feel like I take anything on.

    Tips for prospective students

    UVA is not for the faint of hearts, be prepared to work...hard.

    In three sentences

    UVA is awesome. Awesome party scene and great education all rolled into one. The city is beautiful as well.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a top priority for the University of Virginia. There are blue lights throughout the grounds to get emergency assistance quickly. There are plenty of street lights so that there are no dark areas. The University police can be seen around Grounds making sure that everything is okay. During the night, students needing help getting home can call Safe Ride. A police officer will drive the students back to their dorm or apartment for free. Students can also take advantage of Yellow Cab. If a student does not have money for cab fare, they can show their student id and the university will cover the fee. The student then has a week to pay for the cab ride. When something does happen at the university or in the Charlottesville community, students receive emergency alerts by phone and email from the police department. These alerts keep the students informed about what is occurring and will also let students know when situations have been resolved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities in just about anything you can think of. If a club does not exist, you can create one yourself. Even if you do not belong to a club, you can participate in some of its activities. Clubs are a really great way to meet other people who share some of your interests. Clubs allow you to become friends with many different people. The best thing about clubs is to meet people of different ages. As a first year student, you may have classes only with first years or you may have classes with all years. However, you probably will not meet many people. The great thing about clubs is that you actually get to interact with older students who have more experience.

    Great for these types of students

    UVA is great for any type of students. Those students who prefer the quiet and peace of studying can find a home in one of the many libraries. Those who like to meet other people can immerse themselves in many clubs. For those who like to party, there is always something to do on the weekends. Literally, there is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UVA is very well known for its honor code. At UVA, honor isn't simply a word, it is a sacred thing. First year students sign a symbolic paper that acts as a pledge to uphold the honor code. Even if a professor does not mention it, everyone knows that they need to uphold the honor code on every assignment and exam. Honor brings the UVA community closer together---a community of trust. UVA is also known for referring to the campus as the Grounds and instead of a quad, UVA has the Lawn. Students are known by their year in school. For example, a new student would be a first year not a freshman. This naming is in accordance with the idea of founder Thomas Jefferson that there is no such thing as a senior in college, for you do not simply stop learning after you graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    UVA is definitely worth every penny. There are amazing professors who provide interesting opportunities to stretch your brain. UVA has a feeling of community that may not exist at other colleges. It feels like a place to belong.

    What to do for fun

    The University of Virginia has a wide variety of fun things to do. There are many a capella groups and other music groups. There are many performance groups. There are hundreds of clubs that are often having some sort of special event. And of course, there are sporting events. Saturday football games are especially exciting, even for those who may not like sports, because the school really does come together to support the team. Then there are the things to do in the greater Charlottesville community. Downtown Charlottesville is a great place to go.

    Food and Dining

    In all honesty, the on grounds dining at UVA is not the best. Sometimes the dining halls provide amazing foods but other times the choices are rather bland or outright unappealing. However, there is hope that the food will continue to get better as there was definitely a positive change between the fall and spring semesters. One of the recent changes made was the addition of the option to have steak and other premium meats. UVA also has food court options such as Chick Fil A.

    Dorm Life

    UVA is in the process of creating new dorms to replace some of the older buildings. These newer dorms are amazing! The dorms are always clean, because UVA has a wonderful cleaning staff. Many dorms have study lounges, making them a great place to work if you want to avoid crowded libraries. Dorms come in singles, multiples, and suite style. There is a type of dorm to fit every personality.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Virginia provides courses meant to challenge students academically. The courses are not easy but they are reasonable as long as students do the assigned work. Some students may say that getting an A at UVA is impossible. This statement is not true, but they would be right to say that you definitely have to work hard to achieve high grades. UVA is the perfect place for someone who always wants to be academically challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students is to try to get a broad idea of UVA before making a decision. Tour the Grounds to get a feel for UVA. Try to talk to current students to hear their opinions. Find something you really want in a college and make sure UVA has it. If possible, take advantage of the program for accepted students that allows you to spend the night with a current first year student. That way you get an inside look at college life and a chance to explore UVA more in depth than the tour. Most importantly, never fear to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia is a great school for anyone who wants an academically challenging and overall rewarding college experience. There are many different majors and graduate programs that allow people to study a variety of subjects and find something that suits their needs. UVA and the greater Charlottesville community work well together to create a safe place for students to learn and grow.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always emails and alerts to keep you abreast of any criminal or unsafe areas on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The college encourages participation in activities related to your degree

    Bang for the buck

    Just a fantastic city with an amazing teaching hospital and renowned faculty.

    What to do for fun

    So many outdoor activities. Its kinda an outdoor kind of town and when the weather is nice it is hard to find many people indoors. Hiking trails, bike routes, any and every sports available

    Food and Dining

    There is a great deal to do around town and on campus for food. Some outstanding local dine ins as well as on the mall.

    Dorm Life

    I commuted.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been so impressed with the caliber of classes and instructors

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and continue to keep in touch with admissions. They typically have a wait list that often gets used later on in the application process so do not give up.

    In three sentences

    UVA provides the outstanding professors. They carry themselves with pride and honor. The academic classes are challenging and in high standards with other institutions.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are text alerts and emails. UVa is generally very safe with a few incidents like you can unfortunately expect anywhere.

    Greek Life

    Very big -- but you'll be fine not rushing. I didn't rush and I still have a very close knit group of greek and non-greek friends

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You'll find these out when you get here! Steam tunneling, streaking the lawn, purple shadows, Midsummers, Foxfield Races.

    Bang for the buck

    UVa is pricey but the reputation will carry you a long way in life.

    What to do for fun

    Take the trolley Downtown, ice skating, find a random concert, D-1 sports games as well as club games, go on a walk around beautiful Charlottesville, volunteer, picnic on the Lawn!

    Food and Dining

    Good most of the time, but there are many options if you don't like what they have.

    Dorm Life

    I was in Old Dorms and it was awesome! My hall was incredible.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes will definitely kick your butt. You cannot expect to get all A's like you did in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be super involved in high school! Good grades are not always enough to get in. Once in the school, get involved as well! There are so many different things to do but it is also easy to do nothing and that's no fun!

    In three sentences

    UVa is in a great location with a great reputation. I think the school lives up to its reputation and I have learned some incredible things in my first year. The community is awesome and the opportunities are endless.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is extremely prevalent on grounds, especially around rush. That being said, it's just as easy to fit in if you decide not to go Greek.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls don't have the best food. They do offer a variety of very basic food and every dining hall has a salad bar. The quality of the food isn't always fabulous. As for food outside of dining halls, The Corner has a variety of affordable food and a lot of places deliver (even to dorms).

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on the dorm and the other people that live there. RAs generally try to set up nights where everyone in the hall or the suite can eat dinner together and they sometimes set up other activities to. Dorm life isn't bad. If anything is broken or not working, they're generally pretty good about fixing it if you put in a work order.

    Academic Rigor

    Course load varies with the class. It's definitely a challenging school though. Even if the classes are difficult, professors set up office hours that can be extremely helpful when a student is in a bind. All the professors have been excellent. They all have a passion for teaching and are willing to help students in order to make sure they understand.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus that has a wonderful atmosphere. Professors are easy to contact and are well-versed in their subjects. Overall, it's a great school that provides students with an abundance of opportunities.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Corner is a popular place to hang out; dining halls; the Rotunda.

    Bang for the buck

    Very reasonable cost and generous financial aid

    Food and Dining

    Food is typically deemed sub-par.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fine; it really depends on those around you.

    Academic Rigor

    UVa's academics should definitely not be underestimated; classes are typically in-depth and students should prepare for them.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never once felt unsafe while on grounds, even trekking back to my dorm from the library at 2AM. There are blue lights throughout grounds, and while UVA police have a strong presence, they are very cool.

    Greek Life

    While we do have a strong greek life, those who don't go greek won't feel like they're missing out on anything at all. We are enough of a southern school where greek life is taken seriously, but not so much that there are issues of hazing, etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone. And if, somehow you don't find a club for you, you can start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people who are intelligent, but enjoy doing things besides having their nose in a book 24/7. While most are considered preppy, you'll find a little bit of every type of person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This school is all about traditions ranging from streaking the lawn, to guys and ties, girls in pearls, to steam tunneling. We don't have a campus, we have grounds. We aren't freshman, sophomores, etc., we are first years and second years.

    Bang for the buck

    I can't stress enough how much I've fallen in love with UVA. You can't put a value on the experience that you will get. The only qualm I have is with dining. Each meal swipe costs a little too much for the quality of the food.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, or hit the corner, the downtown mall, or rugby road (greek row). There are always open parties, but plenty of activities for those who don't enjoy going out.

    Food and Dining

    The food may not be great, but with a college experience like this, who needs it? Besides, it's the perfect way to avoid the first year fifteen!

    Dorm Life

    The sense of community in old dorms can't be matched by any other university.

    Academic Rigor

    Almost all classes are challenging. But remember, the harder you work, the harder you can play!

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan your schedule carefully. Look at a map when selecting classes, and think hard about your class times. Don't take extremely challenging courses unless you have to. When it comes to game day, remember one very important phrase, guys in ties, girls in pearls.

    In three sentences

    University of Virginia is the best school in the nation. There is a perfect balance between social life and academic life. Grounds are gorgeous, and there are longstanding traditions that make this university one of a kind.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We call people first/second/third/fourth years instead of freshmen/sophomores/juniors/seniors because Thomas Jefferson believed no one can be a 'senior' in learning. We also don't use the word campus; we use the word 'grounds' instead. It seems quirky at first, but you get used to it.

    Bang for the buck

    Very well priced!

    What to do for fun

    You can go to Charlottesville downtown where there are lots of places to eat and just hang out. You can go apple picking in the fall, and hiking around the area!

    Food and Dining

    To be honest, UVA is not known for its delicious dining food. However, you have an endless amount of choices in Charlottesville, the 2nd highest city with the most restaurants per capita (other than New York).

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fine; it can get pretty loud sometimes, but its a great way to meet new friends, especially during your first year!

    Academic Rigor

    The professors want to challenge the students and expect you to do your work before coming to class. This keeps the learning environment stimulating.

    Tips for prospective students

    I really do strongly recommend coming to UVA, especially if you live in Virginia. Tuition is cheaper compared to private schools, and the education here is fantastic.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia is an excellent place for aspiring students who wish to learn. The honor code is fantastic, the students friendly, and the professors supportive. Charlottesville is a wonderful college town full of bustling shops and restaurants.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you;re well-rounded. Participate in extra-curricular activites.

    In three sentences

    The University has great academics and a lot of ways to get involved. There are many sports, clubs and traditions to get involved with. The history of the place makes it that much more amazing.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety communication network at UVA is very respectable and the entire university is modeled after Jefferson's vision of a community of trust in which adherence to a no-tolerance Honor Code is stringently applied to all students and staff. That having been said, don't go walking home alone through 14th St and the roads beyond after partying on the weekend. While there is a great deal of trust and accountability amongst the students of UVA, there is no physical gate separating us from anyone who walks on grounds. Use your common sense and you'll be fine.

    Greek Life

    I'm not personally the best person to ask but if this tells you anything, I've heard that the Fox show Greek was modeled after UVA's fraternities and sororities. From what I can tell, Greek life is alive and well here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said, the selection of clubs and activities here is unbelievable. But you can only enjoy all that the University has to offer if you take advantage of them; the more involved you are the better.

    Great for these types of students

    While old money, upper-class white folks seem to take a majority of the demographic here, in truth, there really is a good representation of all different kinds at UVA. Even though you're sure to find yourself at home if you enjoy the prospect of greek life, I find it conceivably impossible not to make friends here, no matter who you are.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is a UVA tradition that all students should tear off all their cloths and run naked across the Lawn of Jefferson's historic Academical Village at some point in their academic carer. Starting at the steps of the Rotunda one is to make their way to the statue of Homer at the far end, circle him thrice, kiss his likeness and return to the glass doors of the Rotunda to peer through the keyhole and greet Mr. Jefferson's statue before returning to their clothes. Other traditions include steam-tunneling and painting Beta Bridge.

    Bang for the buck

    UVA is one of the top public universities in the country. In-state tuition is relatively affordable and financial aid and scholarships certainly help. Out-of-state on the other hand... good luck.

    What to do for fun

    There's literally a club for EVERYTHING at UVA. And if you manage to find an obscure interest of yours that's not currently offered via club organization, it's very possible to start one of your own. Intramural ports are also very big here but if neither really strikes your fancy there's always the Downtown Mall, the Corner, shopping up Route 29, plenty of nature to explore, and of course, parties on the weekend. The frat life life is alive and well at UVA.

    Food and Dining

    Decent and exciting at first (buffet every meal of the day!? what's not to love?) but it gets very old and repetitive pretty quickly. Though I've never been to another schools' dining facilities I've heard from friends who have that UVA somewhat pales in comparison. Though the convenience is nice, the dining plan is expensive and plus dollars are a bit of a rip off. Advice; get the 13 meal/week plan (the lowest you can get your first year... it won't seem like it but you'll never run out) and spend your plus dollars at the Starbucks in Nau Hall.

    Dorm Life

    Alderman dorms are awful to say the least but these are in the process of being replaced over the next few years. McCormick is decent and everything else is pretty nice. The main difference is between hall and suite style. Suite, which is what I lived in my first year, is in my opinion, way more enjoyable than hall. It's a little weird at first sharing a space with 10 other people you don't even know but by the end of the year you almost grow to be like family. It all depends on who you get stuck with. A few words of advice: DON'T arrange to live with a friend from high school, people change once they go to college and you will too. Don't be afraid to experience new things, there's a time and a place for everything... and that's called college. And finally, Don't stress over dorm living, it's different at first and takes a bit of getting used to but it's a necessary (and often fun) step for getting the whole college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The old mantra work hard, party hard applies to a tee when it comes to UVA. The slightest bit of slacking of will land you in hot water extremely quickly if you're not careful but it's easier to push yourself when you're surrounded by your peers doing the same. Academic standards and expectations are extremely high here but the pay-off is more than worth the effort.

    In three sentences

    Students at the University of Virginia consistently exude an air of excellence in everything they do. The university grounds and surrounding Charlottesville city are beautiful with a distinct community from each that has a lot to offer as people are always finding ways to get involved. The professors and faculty are top notch to say the least.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Try something new! Go to Rugby Road on a weekend if you like frat parties, but if you want to do something else, that is completely an option. You can go shopping at Fashion Square, go to a Salsa Club party, check out one of the many shows playing at JPJ or at the Jefferson theatre or go hang out at the Downtown Mall. There's always something going on, so you won't be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food, like most college campuses, has its good days and just average days. Most of the time, you won't get an epic meal, so don't expect it. But there will be at least one dining hall every day that may surprise you with something as simple as tater tots. YUM. Newcomb is under renovation, so your best bet would be to go to Runk for dinner. However, O'Hill is where you'll run into the most people.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great no matter where you live. You'll find, especially in the first couple of weeks, that everyone in your dorm is looking for a social experience: someone to go to a party with, someone to check out a club with them, someone to just talk about classes with. Make the most of living in whichever dorm you're in and I promise it'll be great.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are no walk in the park most of the time. Classes are challenging and stimulating at the same time for the most part, so you'll never be bored or capable of being lazy. As long as you do your work, stay caught up on your reading and use your resources (the professors' office hours, the professors themselves, student study groups, tutoring, etc.), you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips would be: -Do NOT get involved in more than three clubs your first year, and even then, three is pushing it. -Do your reading. The reading on the syllabi? Yeah, those are not just for fun. -Use your resources. I made the mistake my first year of thinking that if I asked for help, it would somehow make me a bad student. WRONG. Asking for help doesn't make you a bad student, it makes you a resourceful student who wants to get a good grade. -Study abroad. I know that everyone says that they'll do it when they have the time, but if you don't make the time, it won't happen. Make time and learn something new.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia is a 100 out of 10. The school is phenomenal, the people are always friendly and the classes are challenging and stimulating enough to make you think. Although UVa seems like a big school, it truly has a way of making all of the students come together as a community.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can walk in UVA at 2AM in the morning and not feel threatened. At all.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join a multicultural organization. It will be worth it. Helps you meet new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UVA has a library called the Harry Potter room just because it really resembles the library found in the movies/books. There's also a bench wherein you can hear everybody's whispers/talks if they sit on the same bench.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the corner and the downtown. What most 1st years don't know is that UVA is near lots of parks. So hiking, tubing and etc. can be done. They're just an hour away, max.

    Food and Dining

    Not the top notch food, but they do make you come and try their new recipes once in a while. They dedicate days for theme dinners. If you don't like UVA dining halls, they also offer a swipe exchange program where you can use a swipe to eat at restaurants found on grounds.

    Dorm Life

    Don't get me wrong. Dorm life was awesome in UVA. However, the housing that they placed me where a little too far than I expected.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are very nice, especially when they're in a smaller class. Big classes however, gives you a high sense of competitiveness because most of it is based on rank and the bell curve system. Know your teachers and your TAs and what their requirements are. They will inspire you to do better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the college inside out. There are multiple ways to get to your destination, so knowing which the shorter route will save you tons of minutes when going from one class to another (10-15 minute interval). Make sure you make time for lunch. Even though you may get placed in housing far from grounds, it will still be okay. Just manage your time carefully.

    In three sentences

    It's the most affordable high ranked college you can attend in Virginia. Students give you a sense of encouragement even though it is a competitive school. It also has a huge campus, so there's a lot of space to study in.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    A vast amount of options in extracurricular and social events. Sports and clubs are a common outlet for students and both the Corner and the Downtown Mall are full of shops, restaurants, and bars. There are endless ways for students to keep busy when they aren't studying or attending class.

    Food and Dining

    The food, while not Five-Star, offers a wide variety to choose from in taste and nutrition. Students have three dining halls to frequent.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great transition from living at home to living on your own. It provides students with may opportunities to make friends for a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    Also that although the university is a great all - around school, the courses are academically challenging. Time management and self motivation are vital to individual success

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice for incoming students is to come the University of Virginia with an open mind and be willing to accept all it has to offer.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia is an outstanding academic institution that provides a quality education and life experience at a great value. The faculty is an eclectic group of intellectuals who have a passion for teaching and truly care about the success of their students. UVa provides the skills and resources to prepare the students for life after education.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are issues now and again, but overall the campus is pretty darn safe.

    Greek Life

    Not involved with it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not in any so I can't speak to this.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want the full college experience, with great local jobs available, and even a football team to cheer for should go here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    To be honest I'm just not sure of any.

    Bang for the buck

    UVA's reputation is pretty stellar, but you do pay for it. It is worth it, I feel, but to keep costs down I can't help but recommend going to a 2 year community college first then transferring. All the VA Community Colleges have guaranteed transfer agreements, and it cuts down the cost dramatically.

    What to do for fun

    There are a TON of things to do on and off campus in Charlottesville. The number of unusual shops that they have downtown are awesome. Lots of antiques, oddities, and a great music venue (free).

    Food and Dining

    Normal college food. Kind of high calorie at times but overall decent.

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak to this as I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The program I'm enrolled in - Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Degree Studies with a concentration in Business - isn't easy, but it's not hard either. It gets hard when you don't keep up with the work load. As long as you do your assignments as they come up, you're golden and can expect good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for EVERYTHING early. Especially when dealing with financial aid. You're one of many and you have to be your own advocate or you'll get lost.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school with a fantastic history. The grounds are beautiful, and the teachers are excellent. As an older student (31) I have to say they've made returning to college a very pleasant experience.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the Corner and Downtown Mall. Hike in the Mountains.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions in class. Go to Office hours.

    In three sentences

    UVA is a great university that offers a rich academic atmosphere as well as a great social life.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe

    Greek Life

    It is pretty popular-about 30% of students statistically are in greek life. It is typical to see students wearing their fraternity or sorority gear around grounds.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    Preppy, inquisitive, bright, outgoing students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UVa is full of traditions, secret societies and much more. The rotunda and the lawn at the core of the school. Rotunda sing and the lighting of the lawn are quite fun. Dressing up for football games is popular.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, especially for OOS, but it is well worth the price. I love the University of Virginia.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many different clubs and activities that you can join.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food isn't bad. It's typical dining hall food and they try to change it up often for students. There are other restaurants around where you can go if you get tired of eating at a dining hall such as the corner.

    Dorm Life

    I live in a suite style residence hall. It is nice to be in a place with all other first years. Most residence halls are co-ed; mine is by floor and I like it.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, and professors expect you to come to class prepared and to have completed all of the readings. Most homework consists of reading.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't fall behind on studying!

    In three sentences

    I could not ask for a better fit in schools. Everyone here is so nice and willing to help. It is also beautiful, and there is something for everyone.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very prominent, but it's not the end of the world if you decide not to go greek. Everybody is involved in something else besides greek life here.

    What to do for fun

    Literally, there's a club for everything here, from bellydancing to soccer. If you don't see what you want here, it's very very easy to start your own club.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply!! Also visit the university before you make your decision. It's good to get to know who you're going to spend the next four years of your life with. Take a tour or spend a night with a friend who goes here. There's also a society devoted entirely to hosting first year students (The Monroe Society).

    In three sentences

    Attending this university was one of the best decisions of my life. UVa definitely has something for everyone, and it's the number one public non-service university in the nation, as ranked by Forbes in 2012. Students here know both how to study and how serious getting an education is, but we also know how to have fun and get pumped about school sports, volunteering, and other community events.

  • 09/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Charlottesville is a fun city. Downtown and The Corner are where most UVA students are found on late nights and the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Better than typical college food, but you will want homecooked food pretty quickly. Breakfast is the safest bet to get a good meal.

    Dorm Life

    First year dorms are not the best but it makes your first year special. Old Dorms are not as bad as people make it seem like but they dont measure up to the new dorms that are being built. Upperclass housing is very comfortable. Lambeth Field Residences is the best for upperclass.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are used to getting high A's and B's in high school, don't expect that here. You have to work your butt off most of the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early. Don't overstretch yourself, but get out there and step outside your comfort zone. There are a ton of clubs and organizations to choose from.

    In three sentences

    UVA offers a small-college feeling on a big campus. The grounds are beautiful. There are various majors to choose from and the career center is very helpful.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    It's college food. Meh. Plans are pricey as well, but should you choose to get one, it's not all cafeteria food. You can take part in the meal exchange program (if you get a meal plan), and get real food, like Chick-fil-a, for example.

    Dorm Life

    If you take advantage of the events that they offer, it can be wonderful! It's a great way to get connected and involved. However, if you choose to remain introverted, don't expect people to *always* come to you, though sometimes, they still do. :)

    Academic Rigor

    Many regard it similar to an ivy-league school. This is for a very good reason.

    Tips for prospective students

    High GPAs are all well and good, but it's not enough! AFTER that 4.0, you should have invested in some worthwhile extracurriculars throughout the years, like being on a varsity team throughout high school, or taking debate team by storm. A third important thing would have to be volunteer work: the more relevant, the better. They eat that stuff up.

    In three sentences

    This school is very pricey if you're an out-of-state student, but the federal aid is there if you manage to qualify. The campus is gorgeous; the students friendly; the classes tough...if you can manage to stay afloat, you will be a better person for it. Aside from the pseudo-cosmopolitan atmosphere, great lengths are gone to by the school to help you prepare for real life.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe and well lit at night. Just as a rule of thumb I rarely walk anywhere alone, but I have never felt that the central grounds is unsafe when walking alone at any time of day. Even when leaving the library at 1 or 2 in the morning, I do not feel unsafe and oftentimes, I see UVA campus police making its usual rounds just to make me feel safer.

    Greek Life

    There is definitely a presence of Greek Life on grounds, but it does not overwhelm the social life of students here. Only about 1 in 3 students is part of Greek Life, and oftentimes other clubs and organizations on ground are so close that its members feel it is in itself a fraternal organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    Quidditch teams, acapella groups, intramural and club sports, activist groups, fraternities and sororities, student councils, first-year dorm associations, and arts and drama groups are all examples of the types of clubs and activities that UVA offers.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to be involved, like meeting people, and enjoy learning new things are especially comfortable on grounds. This doesn't mean that every student is unbelievably outgoing, but on the whole, the students are involved both in the classroom and out of it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tradition is a major part of UVA. Year to year, many events that occur on grounds (a traditional word used for campus) have happened since the inception of the school itself. The Lawn, a magnificent expanse of architecture and nature, is a popular and exquisite site to see on grounds. Surrounding the lawn area are Pavilions that were the original buildings of the University, with Old Cabell Hall at one end and Jefferson's incredible Rotunda at the opposite end. The beauty and majesty of this site is breathtaking and very historical. UVA also is known to have its own jargon for specific things around the school (which have become tradition. We call campus grounds, freshman first-years, and we even have our own fight song for scoring touchdowns at football games in the fall.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an in-state-er, so the bang for the buck is pretty exceptional. Many of my closest friends here at UVA are out-of-state, and even they agree, the level of education here - even if at a costly expense - is well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    From apple picking on Carter Mountain, to hiking the trails along the Appalachian, to shopping in downtown Charlottesville, to seeing a concert at JPJ Arena, to reading on Jefferson's Lawn, to getting lunch at Little John's, to tailgating at a fraternity on Rugby Road, to cheering on the Cavalier's in sports, to attending a school drama production, to listening to acapella groups at the lighting on The Lawn, there is always something to do at UVA and in Charlottesville - with or without access to a car.

    Food and Dining

    Not exactly a gourmet selection, but for those who aren't too picky about eating, you will always be able to find something to eat in the dining halls. Further, many local restaurants have carts that come to grounds during lunchtime and offer meal exchange plans for students as well. I was once told that Charlottesville has more restaurants per capita than New York City, and honestly this could be a very true fact. The Corner, a popular place to eat within walking distance from grounds, has all sorts of food options for students to eat relatively inexpensively as well.

    Dorm Life

    Two words: Old Dorms. Yes they may be without air-conditioning, but it is only hot a few weeks of the year and fans will become a first-year's best friend. Plus, the quad outside Old Dorms provides an outdoor getaway for students to not only study on the usual beautiful days of Charlottesville, but also to mingle with friends, toss a football, or just absorb some much needed vitamin D.

    Academic Rigor

    The reading level is definitely a step or two up from high school readings (granted I am taking heavy reading courses) but it is never an overwhelming amount that is impossible to complete. The graduate students that assist during discussion sections are INCREDIBLE - they not only understand the material but facilitate analytical discussion that provides more than surface level understanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    If looking to apply and become a Wahoo, take rigorous courses in high school that delve into a varying array of topics - from science, to the arts, to the humanities. UVA not only looks for a well-rounded student but also a student who can critically think about what is taught and actually apply it to the world he/she lives in. My greatest preparation for the workload and level of thinking was by honestly just reading, all sorts of books, articles, and even thoughts of other students I was learning with in high school. The diversity of UVA opens new doors to thinking and the professors are all opinionated, knowledgeable, and passionate in their areas of study - which helps to broaden the horizons of their students in return.

    In three sentences

    Not only grounds beautiful and historical in nature, but the community of students is what drew me to apply and choose to go here. The students are all bright, successful, and talented; they draw upon each others' gifts and abilities to create a living and learning community. Also, it is a vibrant student body that always has hundred of activities, organizations, and events to become a part of and to attend.

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    very prevalent very involved fun

    Clubs and Activities

    all club sports volunteer opportunities for charities, races, events, and sports events club everything...cooking, etc

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    streak the lawn. pancakes for parkinsons

    What to do for fun

    Go to Rugby road

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay up to date with homework assignments. Go to office hours. Make friends in classes.

    In three sentences

    Professors are kind and willing to help you learn. Classes are focused on student participation. Everything about this school is fun and awesome.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Seems safe

    Bang for the buck

    For the level of academic rigor, and especially for in-state students.

    Academic Rigor

    It's apparently an Ivy League level education at public school price.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The dialect at the University is very interesting to say the least. While not all students adhere to it, most call students First Years, Second Years, etc. instead of Freshman, Sophomore - this is because Thomas Jefferson believed that students never stopped learning

    Bang for the buck

    You are spending money to go to one of the best public Universities in the world - it is definitely worth the money you put into it. However, the housing is a baseline price the first year, which seems to be unjust (the housing ranges from very old suite-style to hotel-styled that are brand new).

    What to do for fun

    On the weekends the sky is the limit for things to do; all the clubs and organizations hold events on a weekly basis, so there's that to do. You can also go to the Charlottesville downtown mall which has many eateries and shops to browse around.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different options for food at the University; the dining halls are average, but the eateries that really stand out are on The Corner. It is a must to try every restaurant here before you graduate - all of them have a signature dish (or dishes) that are fantastic.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms have a wide range of styles, from hotel-based to hall-style. You have a choice of what you want in your dorm, and you can find positive aspects no matter where you live your first (and subsequent) years.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say none of the classes should be taken lightly; they are all extremely challenging at times, but are also some of the most rewarding. Students here are able to manage academics but are also able to have fun while doing it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do NOT slack off in senior year - take the classes that are most difficult so you can simulate the college experience. In addition, the classes that you can take as electives at the University are very interesting. Also, get extensively involved in some sort of club or venture.

    In three sentences

    This school really captures what it is to be at a University; Thomas Jefferson created an academical village, and that's what the University of Virginia is all about - an all-around educational experience. There is something for everyone to educate themselves in all sorts of ways.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are good at their jobs, and there are multiple emergency stations around campus where you can press an alert button and get assistance. I have walked around late at night many times and have never felt unsafe. In addition, whenever there is an incident, the campus police send out a report to every student over email so we are kept informed of possible dangers.

    Greek Life

    Even though first years haven't rushed yet, Greek Life is a huge presence at UVa, mostly because of the frat parties thrown every weekend. They are fun and you'll get to know your favorite frats. Most people rush in the winter, even if they don't plan on pledging, which I think is a good idea, because you might end up finding a sorority or fraternity that you really like! I am rushing in a few weeks and looking forward to it a lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    THEY HAVE EVERYTHING HERE! There are tons of a cappella groups, theater groups, improv groups, intramural sports, student unions, literally anything you could think of. Unfortunately, because there are so many students, it is competitive and might be overwhelming trying to figure out where to go. Luckily, they have a great activities fair where you can sign up on email lists and go to interest meetings to figure out if you like the group! Joining a club is the easiest way to make friends.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are outgoing and social, this is the place for you! I found it easy to make friends, and there are so many friendly people here. If you are more quiet and introverted, and like to spend a lot of time alone, you will probably end up doing that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Good Old Song! You have to know it--everyone sings it at football games (which you dress up all fancy to go to) so learn it! There's also the Whispering Wall, where if you sit at one end and whisper into the wall, the person at the other end can hear you, clear as day! Also streaking the lawn. That's all I'll say about that.

    Bang for the buck

    If you live in state, apply here. It is unbelievable to me that in-state people get to go here for so cheap, and it is absolutely worth it. If you're out of state, however, it i a lot more expensive. It's not a rip-off or anything, and I doubt I'd be able to find a school I love as much for cheaper, but nonetheless, I hate parting with so much money.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do!!! Every weekend, people will be standing at the lawn, handing out flyers for sporting events, concerts, parties, comedy shows, art shows, you name it! There are so many clubs and so many things to get involved in, there will never be a night with nothing to do! Plus, the Corner and the Downtown Mall are so close, and it's always fun to explore Charlottesville for a bit.

    Food and Dining

    I am a vegetarian, so the dining hall options, while numerous, are a bit repetitive. The food itself is good quality, and O'Hill brunches are amazing, but it's inconvenient to go to the dining hall all the time. I had the 15 plus meal plan, but never used all 15 meals, and ran out of plus dollars rather quickly. I am switching to 10 plus next semester.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here, no matter where you live, will have some sort of catch. I lived in Old Dorms, which were regarded by everyone as the best, because they were located near the center of campus, while all of the other first year dorms were very far away. However, these old dorms were just that: old. They don't have air conditioning, there is no kitchen, and the bathrooms are not very nice. Some of the other dorms have much more space (like the suites of Gooch-Dillard) or are much more modern (Balls-Doby and Watson Webb) but everyone that I know who lives there hates being so far from the rest of campus. you can pick your dorm location, so choose Old Dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    Your classes will challenge you, for sure. Most of my professors were excellent and made learning the material interesting and not too strenuous. There will be some classes, however, that require significant effort just to stay afloat. I think that's a good thing--college shouldn't be easier than high school, and remember, C's get degrees!

    Tips for prospective students

    It is much more difficult to get in from out of state versus an in-state student who is applying, but don't let that discourage you. This is an amazing school with so many different activities, and there is a niche for everyone who gets in.

    In three sentences

    The motto work hard, play hard seems to embody this school. Students will spend hours cramming at the library and preparing for class, but also know how to have a good time. Everyone I've met is incredibly smart and dedicated to their schoolwork.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This school seems great! It is very preppy. It seems relaxed, though.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    UVA has great academics, a beautiful campus, and lots to do. The campus is bustling with student life and activities.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally clubs for anything you can think of, and if not, you can start your own. Intramural sports are really fun and easy to organize.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't great, but it isn't bad either.

    Tips for prospective students

    Honestly, the first couple of weeks are kind of rough at any college, it may take time to find friends but with UVA's size, you should have no problem finding friends.

    In three sentences

    UVA has a beautiful campus, and no matter the time of day, you will see someone running. Many of the professors are very kind, one of my professors invited students to dinner for Thanksgiving if they weren't going home.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UVA works hard to protect its students and faculty. If you're out late, safe ride can give you a ride back to your dorm. Wherever you are, be sure not to walk back alone.

    Greek Life

    Approximately 30% of UVA students take part in Greek Life. Rush is a time to really meet new people, even if you choose not to pledge. UVA offers many different frats and sororities and each offers a different experience. Sororities and Fraternities want to have a good time, but each also works for a good cause.

    Clubs and Activities

    From the well-known Pancakes for Parkinson's which raises thousands of dollars annually to find a cure for Parkinson's to groups that raise awareness of teen suicide to language clubs, UVA offers a wide variety of activities. A club fair is conducted on the lawn and in the amphitheater early on in the semester to show your options. Also, take part in an inter mural sport if you wish not to commit to a school sport.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone go! If you're a nerd, if you're talented, if you love meeting people from across the globe, if you're a dreamer, if you have a passion for everything between ultimate frisbee to Shakespeare, or if you simply want to have a wonderful college experience, GO!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    While streaking the lawn may be one of the most infamous, UVA has many traditions that students should do before graduation. An all-nighter at Clemons library is a must and visiting the McGregor Room (AKA the Harry Potter room) in Alderman library is impeccable. Take a nap on the lawn while listening to some nice jams coming from a Lawnee's room and be sure to high five Dean Groves. Introduce yourself to President Sullivan-you will wish she was your grandmother. Visit the Stud during finals week for some great food and attend every a cappella concert-they're to die for.

    Bang for the buck

    This school has opened my eyes to so many different types of talents, beliefs, and people. I never would have imagined how quickly I would form lasting friendships with my peers and close relationships with my professors. Every day I am inspired to challenge myself academically and socially. Not until UVA have I had such a desire to reach my full potential.

    What to do for fun

    UVA has so many activities it does annually on its own: Lighting of the Lawn, Pumpkins and Puppies during the Fall, Pancakes for Parkinson's, and much more. The campus (or grounds) is so beautiful and you can always find some fun frisbee-ing or tightroping happening on the Lawn. It is never a boring time.

    Food and Dining

    Your typical dining halls at UVA are not the best. For the first semester, get 15 meals or less and see how you adjust. There are many cafes and small areas to use plus dollars on grounds that have great food!

    Dorm Life

    UVA offers both hall and suite style. Hall style allows you to encounter more people and suite style provides closer unity with about 8 or so other people of your gender. RA's are incredibly helpful and make sure that everyone gets along in the dorm environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Within the first week at UVA, I knew how demanding it would be. While the courses are more difficult, a 15 hour semester is manageable. Know your limits and have a study plan developed early on.

    Tips for prospective students

    UVA is a large school and for incoming freshmen should explore before classes begin so that they know where to go the first day. Also, UVA offers so many unique courses so take any courses that interest you, even if they might not be totally coherent to your major. They'll benefit you in some way!

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia has surprised me with its continuously welcoming atmosphere. The school is completely diverse in its course offerings, extracurriculars, and its student body. Already, I feel I have a home away from home.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Guys in Ties, Girls in Pearls: the tradition at the football games. Both genders dress up for this sporting event.

    What to do for fun

    You can play ultimate frisbee, football or whatever in the Old Dorm quad or even on the Lawn

    Food and Dining

    The food's alright, on most days, it's actually pretty good with added salt. The other good places, like the Castle or Crossroads have great alternatives !

    Dorm Life

    Initially, my biggest problem with Old Dorms was that there's no air conditioning. I got over that super quickly so I totally love Old Dorms. My classes are conveniently really close to me and I am also pretty close to all the dining halls so I cannot complain.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes that I am taking right now are very difficult and they have taught me how to manage my time wisely because they are time consuming classes that demand attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared, actually go to class.

    In three sentences

    I honestly think that the University of Virginia is the best of both worlds. It has a great social atmosphere and the academics are challenging and rigorous. It's literally the epitome of work hard, play hard: just do not forget about the WORK HARD aspect, or you will be playing a mean catch up game.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    They dining hall are clean. The food is great.

    Dorm Life

    I look at the dorms and they are huge and amazing

    Academic Rigor

    The academic is amazing.

    In three sentences

    This is a top notch school that I hope to attend one day. It is spectacular, and devine. They are devpted to helping students.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Walk around on the lawn, and make new friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't forget where you are

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful, and you can always find something to do. There are clubs for almost everything. When you're here, you will never be bored.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Bodos bagels is to die for. They have the best bagels you will ever have.

    In three sentences

    Charlottesville is a beautiful little college town and the campus is even more beautiful, designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. One of the top public schools in the US.

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Whenever there is an incident, the campus will let everyone know to be on their guard. Things happen but the community is set up to help those who are in trouble.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of UVA but is not necessary. I was not a part of it, but I know many men and women who enjoyed the community

    Clubs and Activities

    There is anything and everything you can think of; what I was interested in was fencing, glee club, cross-country fundraisers, and quidditch fundraisers.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student: I am not as preppy as most of the students that go here and I am part of a much lower economic status and yet I fit in perfectly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You need to hike to up to Humpback in the early morning or the late evening to see either the sunrise or sunset because it is a tradition and it is beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    It isn't that expensive, and the University has a lot of funding from the state, the government, and past alumni so financial aid is abundant as well as scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    There are sports competitions, bands, different outdoor clubs, and pretty much any other club you can think of--if it isn't there you can probably start your own because of how big the campus is.

    Food and Dining

    O'Hill used to be the best but now Newcomb has been redone so I don't which is better. They offer vegan and vegetarian food options as well which is great for me.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my first year dorm and the girls with which I roomed. First year dorms are mostly located near central grounds which is very close to the classes you will be taking first year.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult. Some are a walk in the park, but most are not. A student has to work hard for good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn your way around before you start classes in order to make it to those classes on time. If you need financial aid or are confused about something, make sure to contact the financial aid office because it is a very helpful service.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia is a great community that challenges and values its students. The professors are understanding and very knowledgeable. Classes are fun and exciting.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UVA seems very safe, as does Charlottesville, but there are always safety incidents so its best to be careful.

    Greek Life

    There are 33 frats and 16 sororities at UVA. They are a huge part of UVA, but not exclusive if its not your thing. Rush really depends on who you know.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart, social, put together, interested in Greek life, outgoing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Foxfields is the epitome of college!

    Bang for the buck

    Best Public University in the country!

    What to do for fun

    The Greek scene is very strong, and host lots of parties and philanthropy events. Otherwise, the Corner has a solid bar scene. Also, most clubs are very social and throw their own parties. There is always too much going on every weekend!

    Food and Dining

    First years are required to have a meal plan. After that, most people choose to go off the meal plan. Apparently the meal plan has been improving in the past couple years, though!

    Dorm Life

    Only first years live in dorms, after that most students move into apartments or sorority/fraternity houses.

    Academic Rigor

    UVA students are very smart and work hard. They put in a lot of time in the library (without sacrificing their social lives!).

    Tips for prospective students

    Pursue the highest level of academics available to you - UVA students challenge themselves academically.

    In three sentences

    UVA is the perfect collegiate experience-its big enough to have a solid Greek system, fun social scene, good athletics, and a lot of academic opportunities, while still being a manageable size. It has the highest level of academics, and you can study anything due to the broad range of majors. UVA also has a great history and lots of traditions, including an obsession with Thomas Jefferson!

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never had any problems.

    Greek Life

    Never tried it personally.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's great cultural organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    For people who can work hard and play hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Streaking the Lawn. Dressing up for football games.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education for the price, especially with instate tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Join student organizations, hang out at the corner, watch a movie at Newcomb, listen to acapella concerts, free dinner with professors.

    Food and Dining

    The Corner has nice options. Newcomb has decent options.

    Dorm Life

    As good as one could expect.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes were challenging but fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of Stacks being open 24/7

    In three sentences

    It was a great experience. I got a great education. I had a fun time.

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very influencial.

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Streaking the Lawn, Painting Beta Bridge

    What to do for fun

    The Downtown Mall is a great place to hang out! There's also shopping at Fashion Square and Barracks Road. And there will never be a day when there isn't something to do on Grounds!

    Food and Dining

    Sometimes not the best, but there are always steady options that are great!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great!

    Academic Rigor

    It is hard, but it's worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are a great amount of opportunities to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    UVa is one of the best colleges I've ever stepped foot on. The history and atmosphere of the University of Virginia are incredibly astounding. Students are very friendly.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    want a good education and academic rigor

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    not called campus, it's called grounds

    Bang for the buck

    helps meet financial aid

    What to do for fun

    Various clubs, volunteering, all types of sports, outdoor activities, music groups, D1 sports games to watch

    Food and Dining

    great food plans

    Dorm Life

    great dorm choices and organization

    Academic Rigor

    Amazing academics, ranked Number 2 for top public universities in the U.S. and number 25 overall!

    Tips for prospective students

    Read the Peabody Blog on the Prospective Student page on www.virginia.edu

    In three sentences

    UVa has beautiful grounds and welcoming students willing to answer any questions. I felt at home when I walked on the grounds. There are numerous student activities to get involved in

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hit the Downtown Mall! The Downtown Mall is an historic pedestrian only area with lots of cute shops and restaurants. There are also lots of trails and other outdoorsy things to do around town.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and is getting better every year. There are lots of options for dining besides the three main dining halls, so you're sure to find something you like. The Corner, near UVA, has lots of shops and restaurants to choose from as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty good, overall. UVA is building a bunch of new dorm buildings that are super nice, so new students will have it made! The dorms are all pretty close to classes.

    Academic Rigor

    UVA is definitely a serious academic school. Everyone takes their schoolwork seriously, but the student body is also upbeat and enthusiastic. People may study a lot, but they socialize a lot, too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are a serious student! People who don't want to work for their grades won't do well here.

    In three sentences

    UVA is a place where people work hard and play hard. It has a small feel but has lots of opportunities no matter what you're interested in. Charlottesville, VA is a beautiful town and UVA is the most attractice university you will ever visit.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is UVA's other name.

    In three sentences

    It sounds like it's a good fit for me. For such a prestigious school, the tuition is actually pretty reasonable.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This college has the most secret societies behind Yale. And its great seeing how these societies help the college and community.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and the dining hall is completely massive!

    Dorm Life

    I had visited the new freshmen dorms and even from the outside, they look 100x better than most freshmen dorms at any other college.

    Tips for prospective students

    One thing I know after talking to admission counselors is that you must do good and try your hardest in school. Basically you want to max out everything you can at your school, take the best classes possible, and if you can, take as many AP classes as you can, for that is the most important thing.

    In three sentences

    I had just visited the college as a prospective student and i have to say it's absolutely amazing! The campus is beautiful, and all the buildings are indescribable. This is one campus you have to experience for yourself in order to see what a perfect school looks like.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is literally something to do every single night in college. If you're not into frat parties, there's always UPC events going on and tons of restaurants and cute shops to browse in Downtown Charlottesville.

    Food and Dining

    UVA dining leaves a lot to be desired. The food is edible, but nothing like Virginia Tech or JMU. Look on the bright side- freshman 15 will be easy to avoid!

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely loved my hallmates and RA my first year. Dorm life is not as bad as it seems. You'll get used to the bathroom and the occasional door alarm, and you will cry when you have to leave it in May because you will make so many memories in your first year dorm that it will truly become your home. Old Dorms are the best!

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard- grade inflation is definitely not a thing here. You're going to have to work much harder than you ever did in high school (if you even tried at all). However, it is very manageable if you budet your time right. My advice- don't go to the libraries! Find your own little corner of the universe in a random lounge or classroom so the jokers pretending to do work in Clemons don't distract you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can handle super southern preppiness, unpredictable weather, constant construction, and all-nighters doing lab reports, then you are prepared for life as a UVA student.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia is the quintessential southern public ivy. It offers the best of the best when it comes to academic opportunities, a community of passionate scholars, and a place to call home. UVA so far has been the best decision of my life, with all its quirky traditions and amazing student body.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are school buses that run until 2 AM and a car service called SafeRide that take students home from any location close to grounds after 2 AM. There is also a blue phone that students can use if they are ever in trouble. If anything happens concerning safety, the police sends an email to all of the UVa students and faculty and also gives tips on how to stay safe.

    Greek Life

    There are many great fraternities and sororities, and when Rush Week comes along, many students are excited about it and are involved in it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many organizations to join, and if you want to be part of an organization that doesn't exist at UVa yet, you can create it and you will get a lot of support.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! Athletic students, football fans, religious students, school-lovers, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition is streaking the lawn. If you really want to know what it is, come to UVa and find out! Or google it.

    Bang for the buck

    Well this is an expensive school (especially for out-of-state students), but it is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun! As you start joining clubs and organizations and making friends, you can go with your friends on the bus to the mall, downtown, and the farmer's market. There are also parties that you can go to and can have fun without drinking alcohol.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not that bad. There are three main dining halls and there are other places to eat so you are never hungry.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know anyone who felt lonely living in dorms. Especially living in a hall-style dorm, you get to know many people the first week and some people even end up in your classes so you begin classes already having someone to walk to class with. People also have movie nights in the TV lounges and study parties in the study lounges.

    Academic Rigor

    It is much more difficult than high school, but it is doable. Every student is different, so there are different study habits that work for some and not for others. Find your study habit that works and stick with it. Learn time management and you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! It is a bit frightening to go to a school where you don't know anyone, but if you join clubs, you meet many people and the school doesn't seem so big anymore. UVa has many opportunities for prospective students to speak to current students about anything, so take advantage of those opportunities! You can email a student and ask them about anything, and you can even ask to stay at a current student's dorm so you can see what life is like as a UVa student.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia is a great school for any type of student. The academic atmosphere is difficult but doable, it has great athletic teams and amazing team spirit, the campus is beautiful, and it even has a party scene for those students that love to party. It is a pretty big school with about 14,000 students but it can become a small world pretty quickly.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is incredibly important, especially with a campus as large as UVA. Charlottesville is a reasonably safe community, but crime does happen. Grounds is covered with blue lights that you can turn on to alert police of your location if you feel threatened. The bus system also is pretty consistent and runs quite late if you have late classes and need to get back home. Additionally, there are programs such as Yellow Cab and Safe Ride that you can call at late hours if you need transportation and are incapacitated. Sexual assualt is a problem on all universities, and UVA is no different. Try to stay with a group if at all possible, and watch each other's backs. Nothing is more important than your safety, and common sense is your best defense.

    Greek Life

    About 30% of students are involved in Greek life, so although it is an important part of UVA, it is by no means the only one. If you want to become a part of it, it is easy to find and you can make life-long friends. If you want to participate in other activities, they are also easy to find and you can still make life-long friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different types of clubs and activities at UVA. There are the ones you find at all colleges, such as those associated with political parties, speech and debate groups, and a capella groups. But there are also those centered around ethnicities, volunteering, and helping students become involved in future professions. Additionally, there are groups that nurture all sorts of different passions, including baking, music, dance, writing, anime, and theater. Plus, it's very easy to start a new club.

    Great for these types of students

    UVA is great for both outgoing and timid students, for both outspoken and quiet students, for students already involved in the community and students looking to get involved. UVA offers a multitude of avenues for any student to learn from and appreciate others' ideas. Collaboration is key, and UVA is great for all students looking to hone this skill.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We Hoos have our own special lingo on Grounds. There are first, second, third, and fourth years (not freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) to emphasize the fact that learning never stops, and nobody is called doctor unless he or she is a medical doctor. Although the entire campus is beautiful, the signature location on Grounds is the Rotunda and the Lawn, and each year, we celebrate the year with Lighting of the Lawn, where we decorate the building with lights and come together to appreciate each other.

    Bang for the buck

    UVA is well-known for being a good deal. The cost is less than most other colleges, and they will meet financial need. With such an exceptional reputation, money is well-spent by attending UVA. Excellent educational opportunities and name recognition are a couple of the obvious benefits, but comparison with other comparable universities reveal that UVA is truly a phenomenal deal financially.

    What to do for fun

    College parties are always happening, so if you want to go, they are always available. Additionally, there are many clubs you can get involved in, ranging from acapella groups to debate groups and cooking clubs to anime clubs. Many clubs also enable you to get involved in the community through volunteer organizations. You can also find concerts (both mainstream and classical) , comedy groups, and musicals in the city and on Grounds. And if you want to just relax, there are many beautiful spots on campus to hang out and chill with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't great, but it's edible. Nutrition facts and ingredient labels for each dish are placed in the dining halls and are available online. Vegetarian and vegan options are limited but available; the dining halls do a good job of making it clear what is and isn't vegetarian and vegan. Additionally, you can obtain gluten-free meals if you submit a request. The dining hall staff is very friendly and will make conversation with you while you wait for your food to be prepared.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms help enhance the sense of community on campus. First years are required to live in dorms, and you will create close friends when put into the situation. There are dorm activities that promote meeting new people and having fun with people you live with and interact with daily. The main downside is that not all of the dorms have air-conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic excellence is emphasized. You will have to work hard, and some classes will require more time and effort than you are used to. However, professors, TAs, tutoring programs, and your fellow students are always there to help you. You need only ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Focus on taking the most challenging courses offered at your high school. Don't worry about other schools offering more classes; if you take the initiative to learn what is offered, including the most rigorous of classes, the University will acknowledge it. 2. Don't overload on extracurricular activities. One or two activities that you excel in or are passionate about is better than many activities where you participate superficially. 3. Essays matter. A stellar GPA isn't enough. Let the essay show a side of you that the rest of your application hasn't explored.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia has a beautiful campus and is filled with busy, diverse, constantly-learning people. Students and faculty learn from one another, and it is gaining knowledge, not grades, that is emphasized and truly valued. School traditions are celebrated, and new ones are continuously created.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is definitely not a lack of entertainment at UVA, from frats to downtown Charlottesville . Its label as a party school rings true but what makes it really nice is that students are able to learn how to balance work and fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the best but they have been trying to improve it. There are currently 3 major cafeterias and they are all buffet style but only the most recent one that opened is actually worth going to. As a freshman you have to get on the meal plan so that is a bummer.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many new dorms that are being built and they just keep getting better and better each year. The freshmen dorms are nicely situated close to the campus and especially the cafeteria. Dorms here are said to look like hotels because they are so nice and spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are notorious for being difficult but I guess that can go for every university. There is not a lack of classes so it won't be difficult finding an easy class that will help keep your GPA afloat for the semester. The most difficult classes are usually the calculus classes and econ major classes but it is a good idea to use rate my professor to check out the class beforehand.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is such an amazing university with a lot of history and tradition behind it which makes it even more special to be a part of. The fact that it is such a large campus does not hinder the ability to feel a closeness between classmates and teachers.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Visit this campus!!! I saw it during spring break, and it was beautiful. There are A LOT of little shops (food, clothing, etc.) right next to the campus, and the whole city of Charlottesville is breathtaking. I'd suggest going during the term, so you can see students in their academic habitat.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe. We have a blue light system and university cops everywhere. Also whenever there's an incident you get an email about it. It's a good system.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, not fantastic but not terrible either. The staff is what makes dining great. The ladies that swipe you in are the nicest! I never went for the food, but for the people.

    Dorm Life

    My first year I was in a single dorm which was not ideal. I was cut off from all of my hallmates by a door. I felt very isolated and alone. However, my RA did a very good job at trying to bring us all together with a weekly brunch.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are as hard as you'd expect them to be. However, it is not the typical busy work that you get in high school; no these classes make you think. I loved my classes and am really excited for next semester.

    In three sentences

    UVA is a great place; great classes, great people, and a great environment. Everyone can find their niche here.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    30 percent greek.

    Great for these types of students

    southern open fun

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Guys in Ties, Girls in pearls (wearing dresses and suits to football games) Pancakes for Parkinsons streaking the lawn

    Academic Rigor

    The university is ranked the number one public school in the nation for a reason, UVA has difficult academics but you do learn a lot and come out ahead of other students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to meet new people and go outside of your comfort zone. Also, limit your partying and try to start studying earlier then you did in high school because your first year GPA is very important.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia is a great place for anyone. The university offers great academics and a diverse environment which helps you learn outside of the classroom as well as inside. The university also has great resources assisting you in networking and finding jobs after graduation.

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been a number of rapes and assaults on grounds the past two years, however they have a number of safety features I find comforting. They have blue lights, which are almost like lamp posts and you can hit a blue button on them and it will call 911 for you. They also have a notification system that tells students if something happens on grounds or around grounds so that we are aware of what's happening in our area.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering students, people who like to work very hard and then play very hard, and people who want to be involved in the Greek system.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition of streaking the lawn, and you have to do it in a very particular way. It's an interesting tradition and I've known many people who've done it. That's the biggest tradition I've heard about.

    Bang for the buck

    Marco and Luca's Dumplings on the Corner is amazing and famous throughout the university students. You can get dumplings and a soda for $4 and when you're on a budget that kind of price along with the quality of those delicious dumplings are unbeatable.

    What to do for fun

    Parties are prevalent at the university, but I would recommend the downtown mall where there are amazing dumpling restaurants and tea shops, a venue that has music acts of great influence come through on a regular basis and on Fridays has a deal where local acts play and you can come and listen for free, and this venue also occasionally features a mechanical bull along with various country acts that come through that people can line up and ride and find out their best times. Charlottesville has an incredibly diverse population, so volunteering is always an option and an incredibly worthwhile one.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are improving with the new one they just opened last year. It has food prepared either as you order, or right in front of you; which improves the quality of the food rapidly. Breakfast has always been one of the best meals offered, as they often cook eggs to order at all the dining halls and there is always ice cream during lunch and dinner which always pleases a crowd of hungry college students.

    Dorm Life

    I've heard many stories about first year dorms, but having I never experienced them myself. I experienced the transfer dorms, which were rather far from most buildings on grounds but very close the stadium which means that on game days you can wake up and hear the cheers of the crowd, or have a short walk if you choose to attend.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are as challenging as you make them. There are incredibly hard classes, and supposedly incredibly easy classes (though I've yet to see these mythical beasts).

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many wonderful volunteer organizations either affiliated with the University of Virginia (Madison House being one of them), or in the greater Charlottesville community that are incredibly worthwhile in pursuing. Getting away from the campus and down to the downtown mall is wonderful for the amazingly diverse selection of food and music that comes through the area. If you want to speak to a teacher, going to their office hours are going to suit you best because emails are often missed or ignored because they are bombarded since the class sizes at this college are often rather large.

    In three sentences

    This school is wonderful if you plan on becoming a researcher; however, if you don't plan on following a path of research in the psychology field it lacks substantial classes to teach and provide a worthwhile experience. The student body is diverse and somewhat segregated, though usually ends up agreeing on their enjoyment of the nightlife offered in this area. There are a great deal of opportunities if you seek them out, but don't expect them to come to you easily.

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Given the size of Charlottesville, crime is going to happen. There are many safety precautions that are highly publicized around UVA grounds to help keep students safe. If one follows these simple precautions, I'd say the chance of being victimized is very low. Notably, the crime that does happen occurs off of the campus and within the campus the students adhere to a strict honor code unparalleled at any other school. For example, if you accidentally leave your laptop somewhere on grounds there is a very minimal chance of it being stolen and a very high chance that whoever finds it will manage to get in touch with you to return it.

    Greek Life

    I am not a member of Greek life so I can't say much about the internal side of it but I do spend a good amount of time on Rugby Road (where most of the frat houses are). The fraternities are very open to socializing with the non-Greek side of the school and host innumerable parties/philanthropic events every week. Unlike at many other schools I've visited, the Greek life at UVA is very open-minded and not nearly as exclusive.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities you can partake in at UVA are so bountiful that it's absolutely impossible to not find something that you want to join. Clubs range from sports, to academics, to ethical, to musical, to anything you can imagine. If we don't have exactly what you're looking for (which would probably have to be something like underwater basket-weaving) it's very easy, and highly encouraged, to create your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    UVA is a great college for people who are accepting of others and are open minded to new views. I find our diverse population here to be the most attractive part of the school which leads me to say any person from any walk of life fits in to our culture. However, if you expect to be an honor student without putting in any effort to the classes this may not be the school for you. I'm not saying you need to be 110% dedicated to your academics but you need to put forth an honest effort. If you do that, there will be more than enough time for leisure.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are just way too many to list and I'm just going to say now you'll get swamped with them if you decide to come (in a good way!). UVA is known for its preppy reputation probably because of our guys in ties, girls in pearls football game tradition. That being said the reputation doesn't apply uniformly throughout the school and if preppy isn't your style you by no means will be the awkward man out at the games.

    Bang for the buck

    UVA is an extremely credible school and is often ranked at the top of the lists for best value in the nation. Graduating from the University gives you a highly credible degree which says a lot more about you than just your grades and major. UVA implements an extremely strict honor code so employers know that someone with a UVA degree is a trustworthy candidate.

    What to do for fun

    There are an endless amount of things to do for fun. Charlottesville offers a myriad of beautiful trails for outdoor activities of all sorts. The greek life is very active and you don't have to be a brother/sister to socialize at their events. The university has several committees which host events for students and the downtown area as well as the corner offer constant attractions.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls offer unlimited food where you can always find something to please and they are located very conveniently for students. The food isn't top notch but it's improving and offers a lot of variety. If you're looking for something more savory you can upgrade a dining hall meal swipe and get steak or you can use a meal swipe on a meal exchange. The meal exchange is a life-saver to switching up flavors; you can get anything from chic-fil-a to smoothies to sbarro and more with the meal exchange.

    Dorm Life

    UVA is undergoing many new dorm construction projects and these dorms might as well be hotels. They come equipped with ample study rooms, lounge space, and host entertaining events. The older dorms are not as nice on the inside but could not be located in a more practical area. They are next door to classrooms and foster strong relationships among students (as do new dorms). You can't lose when it comes to where you live your first year!

    Academic Rigor

    It is all about which classes you take with which professors. If you put in the time to create a schedule based on researching the best professor for the classes you are planning to take, you will learn a lot with little stress. If you just pick at random you may end up with professors who make subjects more difficult than need be or you may get lucky and end up with one of the most educated professors in the nation on his or her subject. My advice to you here is to get in touch with upperclassmen and use teacher ranking websites when signing up for classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Faculty and current students are extremely approachable and are glad to help you; you just have to ask! UVA is not only renowned for it's academics but has ample social opportunity to keep things fun.

    In three sentences

    THE University of Virginia is undoubtedly, the most accepting place I have ever been in my life. Being around such a smart, diverse, and tolerant people makes gives me opportunity to better my flaws each and every day and uphold the Universities impeccable sense of honor. This communion among students and faculty alike provides an atmosphere that fosters self-improvement not only in an academical sense but also in an introspective way that you just won't find to the same degree elsewhere.

  • 10/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I personally have always felt safe here, but always be mindful, make smart decisions, things can happen. They do have a program set up called Safe Ride that if you are out late for whatever reason on grounds and do not feel comfortable walking back to your dorm, someone will come pick you up and drive you home if needed.

    Greek Life

    Personally, as a first year I do not know that much about Greek life. I know some older students who are in it and always emphasize the quality of the Greek life here and who are very happy with their respective fraternity or sorority. Again, this goes back to figuring out what is best for you. I would say the best option is that if you are interested, look into it and you at least have time here since rush occurs after your first semester following winter break.

    Clubs and Activities

    Your first exposure to all the clubs (CIO's here) will be overwhelming. Literally any and everything you may be interested in, a club exists for. You can fully pursue any facet of interest you may have, even if you have little to no experience with it. Try something new, sign up for something you have never heard of simply because you can. Where else in life will you be able to sign up for parkour club and a medical honor society or fashion design and community service, the possibilities rate endless.

    Great for these types of students

    UVA is a great opportunity really to advance yourself not only academically and orientated to your future path, whatever that may be but also as an individual as a whole. UVA, from the college to the staff to your fellow students further promote the development of self in all aspects of your life so that you can be the best version of yourself if you are willing to take the steps to becoming that person. No one is going to do this for you; being self-motivated is important but also be aware that you have a great support network encouraging this growth.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a certain UVA jargon, lingo, as it is including terms such as: first year through fourth year instead of the usual freshman to senior, grounds instead of campus, Hoos, and a lot of abbreviated or shortened titles (example: Student Council-StudCo). These standards may seem out of place at first but you do adapt and soon use them on a regular basis whether you like it or not. Another very important and emphasized element is the policy about honor which to summarize basically ensures that you are in an environment that respects the value of not just honesty as a moral, but as a way of life in being someone of respect and integrity. Obviously, this other particular tradition of the University to be honored and upheld by each student as it has been throughout its extended history, representing the high standard of striving for excellence and enacting discipline, while ensuring that the students also fulfill their potential outside the classroom: streaking the Lawn.

    What to do for fun

    Charlottesville itself obviously has more than enough to do. Grounds also has plenty to offer either through the University itself or through any of the many, many clubs that host events of all kinds from swing dancing to movie nights.

    Food and Dining

    The food here does range depending on where you go, but there is definitely a lot of variety in the types of food including specific dietary needs. There is always a sandwich making section if all else fails and also food trucks on grounds and plenty of delicious places to go in C-ville.

    Dorm Life

    I actually got lucky my first year, in a suite-styled dorm. I have five suite mates, but they are all really great girls and so are the people in the suites next to us. I do believe though when it comes to dorm life, it is really what you make of it.

    Academic Rigor

    You may have been the top of your class in high school, maybe you didn't have to work as hard to get the grades you got in high school, but college is different. Especially here, you will be pushed academically, probably more than ever before. However, you also have some of the best resources and that environment is something that I have not found anywhere else. Ha, we even get together to study and hang out but still know how to have a good time; it is all about balance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely having a strong focus on academics is important, community service excellent, but everyone will be filling out the same essays with probably about the same grades as you. Figure out what makes you stand out as an individual, even if it this interest is aside from academics or service or volunteering-the main typical branches unless that is what you are interested in of course. They need to know why they should choose you and what makes you distinct from all the other applicants, so figure that out and sell yourself! :)

    In three sentences

    I think that this school has excellent programs for a multitude of interests from business to science to language to English. A plethora of classes are available and you are encouraged to pursue your interests in any form from joining a club, to taking a class, simply finding what is best for you. Here you are allowed and encouraged to follow your interests and in a positive and encouraging environment from both students and staff to truly become the best you can be.

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We get some suspicious package emails like every 2 weeks but it never turns to anything.

    Greek Life

    Yes. There are frat parties every weekend if thats your scene. But frats aren't necessary if you wish to have fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have so many clubs and activities for everybody. Our specialty probably lies in a capella groups and secret societies.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that are very intelligent but not always studying. Work hard, Play hard

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Streaking the Lawn, lighting of the lawn, steam-tunneling, whispering wall, and many more. We hold our traditions and locations dear at uva

    Bang for the buck

    Totally worth the money, especially for In-state

    What to do for fun

    We have a ridiculous number of student run clubs and organizations. Grounds is very active and pick up sports are common. There are pretty good concerts at JPJ from what I understand. The most fun I've had at UVA (besides at frats) was at lighting of the lawn.

    Food and Dining

    Ehh definitely a B in the dining category. I enjoy the dining halls but sometimes they just seem to give up. You can get food until like 2 in the morning at certain convenient places so that's solid.

    Dorm Life

    Students will always be kind to others. It is extremely easy to make friends in your dorm. The bathrooms are generally really clean. Showers have nice pressure, all that jazz. New dorms are like hotels so that's a bonus.

    Academic Rigor

    It is extremely tough and not a joke. The only classes that are easy are the ones with athletes in it (pro tip).

    Tips for prospective students

    UVA is only for those people who enjoy both social life and work and know how to balance them. It has a great environment comprised of students that will always make you feel like you belong there. So my tip for prospective students is to apply and come as it is a great experience.

    In three sentences

    It is extremely challenging and rewarding. There is a lot to do outside of your school work. My rating for UVA has to be that it is by far the best school in the nation for both working hard and partying hard.

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I love the Corner!

    Academic Rigor

    One of the most difficult schools on my list.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you're in state!

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's a tradition to streak the lawn.

    What to do for fun

    Frats.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Out of state it's crazy expensive but I love going here.

    What to do for fun

    Going to sporting events is great. Going out on weekends is fun and it's not hard to get wherever you want to go. It's very easy to play sports or work out.

    Academic Rigor

    School is basically as hard as you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the newest dorms! Don't underestimate the value of a good meal plan first year. A bike or scooter is really good to have.

    In three sentences

    Anyone can find people who share similar interests. A wide variety of sports perform well and draw good crowds. Upper class housing is tough to figure out.

  • 03/19/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Extroverts and artists. Engineers and nursing students.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs that allow for any sort of travel and carpooling, whether local or out of town. Volunteer within the community, and grow local friendships- NOT just with other students. Spend time downtown.

    Food and Dining

    Get the smallest meal plan after 1st year, if any at all.

    Dorm Life

    Old dorms don't have AC or elevators, but are historical. Not bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Keep up with homework to gather up points before tests, and go to office hours!!!! It can make a crucial difference in your grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Connect with advisors, speak with professors, visit financial aid and student support centers regularly, or else you're just a number! You'll need to seek out guidance and support, and don't feel bad about it, there are thousands of people, and you deserve as much attention as anyone else.

    In three sentences

    UVa is what you're looking for, if you are willing to navigate hundreds of thousands of people and programs and opportunities. It is a fulfilling liberal arts experience, but you'll need to be diligent to keep your head above water. It has a stigma for being privileged, upperclass, and caucasian; but this gives the opportunity to try swimming against the stream, standing out as an individual, defying the mainstream, and connecting with/giving back to the amazing community of Charlottesville-dwellers, despite the stigma.

  • 04/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Generally the campus is safe. As long as you don't walk around alone at 3AM.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of UVA that 30% of the student population partake in. It's a great way to meet amazing brothers and sisters and create lasting memories and relationships.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a plethora of activities around campus, ranging from religious affiliations to baking club, from humanitarian relief to recreational activities. If you have an interest in anything, there is a club for you.

    Great for these types of students

    One thing that distinguishes UVA from many other colleges is the involvement of the student body. Almost everything that happens in UVA, except classes, is student led, all the organizations, councils, and clubs. If you love taking on challenges, feeling involved, and working together with others for a greater cause UVA is perfect for you. But UVA is perfect for anyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    STREAKING THE LAWN!!

    Bang for the buck

    IF YOU ARE INSTATE THIS IS THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK EDUCATION.

    What to do for fun

    There are many restaurants, bars, etc around campus, the Corner, Downtown, Barracks. Charlottesville also offers Saturday Farmer Markets, small concerts and festivals. There's so much to be explored outside of campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UVA is alright.

    Dorm Life

    UVA dorms range from being very low quality but perfect location to awesome hotel-like quality. And RAs are very invested in their resies.

    Academic Rigor

    UVA challenges all of their students. There isn't necessary an easy class or a class with little work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't feel like you don't belong, that you aren't smart enough, aren't outgoing and charismatic enough. College is the time to make mistakes, to learn to also be yourself while also shaping and changing yourself to a better you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Virginia is a top public school for a reason. The programs and degrees offered here challenged you academically and pushes you to continuously seek knowledge. The students here are bright and ambitious and contribute tremendously to the University's prestige.

  • 05/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On grounds is very safe. On the corner there have been reports of misconduct - but be smart and vigilant and you won't fall victim.

    Greek Life

    Heard it's one of the best. I went to a fraternity party once...

    Clubs and Activities

    Because there are so many people, there are so many interest resulting in clubs for anything.

    Great for these types of students

    Literally any.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oh the traditions! Google it.

    Bang for the buck

    For the in-state tuition rate, you really do get a lot for your money.

    What to do for fun

    If you're into the social scene, it's good. If you wanna hike a mountain - there are plenty. If you want to plant a garden - you guessed it. If you want to watch a movie - $2 movie night. If you want to listen to local music - you're just a free trolley ride away.

    Food and Dining

    UVa is super health conscious and eco-friendly. Any of the three main dining halls offer a wide selection of usually tasty food.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Dillard - there was A/C and individual rooms but far away from central Grounds.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering school is tough. The span of course rigor is large. You are either an engineer or an art major.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest using the libraries - you'll find things there that will be very useful in your future. Don't be ashamed to ask your professors for things - remember you pay their salaries! If you think you're in the wrong major, you probably are - switch sooner than later. Deans have a significant amount of power (to help you get the the things you need/want) and if you're polite, they can be a great resource!

    In three sentences

    UVa is a beautiful campus in a great location. The college has great opportunities for research and going beyond academics. The only downfall is the number of people - there are a lot!

  • 05/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe on grounds. Everyone is friendly and there are blue lights everywhere that you can push if you ever feel unsafe. There is also SafeRide and Yellow cab as well.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Charlottesville is a great place to go with friends to shop or eat. Another place to go is the Corner or even Monticello. There is also apple-picking in the right season.

    Food and Dining

    The food gets a little redundant, but nevertheless it's still pretty good. There is always the salad bar to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Old Dorms and absolutely loved living hall style. The girls I lived with my first year are now some of my great friends and we are even living together next year too. Having no AC was not that big of a problem.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty rigorous, but nothing that you can't handle. It's mostly a lot of reading for every class so as long as you keep up with the reading the class will go a lot smoother. Your class grade is mostly a midterm or two, and a final.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips are to not fall behind on the reading or skip lectures where attendance isn't taken. UVA's libraries are a great place to study alone or with a group of friends. Don't be afraid to branch out to other people because making friends is really easy.

  • 06/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although there are incidents of sexual harassment or violence, UVA is relatively safe. They have SafeRide, which is a system in which police officers drive vans and pick up students that call for a ride and take them home safely. The bus system runs until 2 a.m.

    Greek Life

    Although I am not associated with Greek Life here at University of Virginia, there are pros and cons to joining them. One pro is that you will meet numerous people and that you will create connections through networking. Another pro is that you will participate in many opportunities that people who are not associated will not participate with you. However, there have controversies in which some fraternities have gone too far with hazing. In fact, UVA have stopped a few fraternities from being active because of hazing issues.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of organizations at University of Virginia. There are those that are related to specific schools (e.g. McIntire Commerce School organizations) and there are those that are not related to departments or University of Virginia called CIOs (Contract-Independent Organizations). If a student cannot find an organization that is related to his or her interest, he or she can create one through an application process. There are humanitarian organizations, performing arts-related clubs, business-related, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    University of Virginia is great for the studious yet social types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    University of Virginia has many traditions. During Halloween, little children from the local community comes to the lawn to go trick-or-treating to the professors and the students who live on the lawn. During December, there is Lighting of the Lawn in which UVA hires people to put Christmas Lights around the Lawn Buildings and the Rotunda itself. Then, around finals week, everyone comes to the Lawn, drink eggnog, and watch UVA turn on the Christmas Lights. Also, for the past two years the school started to do a lights show! Finally, we have our most famous tradition---streaking on the lawn. Students would strip off their clothes at the steps of the Rotunda and run naked towards the statue of Homer at South Lawn. Then, the students would kiss the statue's butt and run back up to the Rotunda. They would peep in the the keyhole of the Rotunda, where they can see Thomas Jefferson's statue. As they peer into the building, they would say Good _________, Mr. Jefferson (the blank depends on what time of day/night it is. For example, 11pm=Good night, Mr. Jefferson.) After they go through all of that, they would quickly retrieve their clothes and wear them.

    Bang for the buck

    University of Virginia is considered a Public Ivy, so the quality of education is very much like an Ivy League School. Considering the quality of education, I think the tuition is reasonable for both in-state AND out-of-state. Ivy League Schools and other top-tier schools are expensive, but personally, UVA's tuition is relatively understandable in relation to its education level and quality of its facilities.

    What to do for fun

    There are many free parties here at University of Virginia. If you are into frat parties and whatnot, Rugby Road near the Corner is where many frat houses and sorority houses are located. Also, many organizations like the Asian organizations hold their own parties, but welcomes everyone to come! If you are not into parties, then there are free and not-free events such as A cappella concerts, comedy concerts, choral concerts, sports games!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are okay; they are not the best though. Sometimes the cooks would serve under-cooked food (e.g. chicken that is still pink). For other food options, there is a Chick-Fil-A and delicious sushi at the Pav. Also, there are three food trucks at the Amphitheater every weekday from roughly 12-3pm. Because University of Virginia is close to the Corner, students often walk towards the Corner to eat at the restaurants (e.g. Bodo's Bagels, Jimmy John's, Sakura, Boylan Heights, etc.) Therefore, food is not a problem here.

    Dorm Life

    Before incoming first-year students arrive on Grounds, each of them are placed into a lottery system for first-year housing. I was luckily chosen to be placed in one of the three newest dorms--Shannon House in Alderman Dorms Area. Being new, I was able to experience many perks: lounge, study rooms, TVs, decently-sized bedroom, etc. Although the walls were not soundproof, I enjoyed my time living in my dorm. Also, there are many interactions among hallmates and the RA so there are opportunities to befriend a lot of them.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at University of Virginia is immense. Being a top-tier university, the professors are excellent and excel in their expertise. That being so, the standards that each professor require in his or her class is high. As a result, you cannot just party every weekend up until midterms week/final weeks; you need to keep up with the readings and turn in the assignments on time.

    Tips for prospective students

    University of Virginia has an unofficial motto: Work hard, play hard. Do not just focus on your studies; however, do not lose your focus upon it. Participate in extracurricular activities; join organizations (there are HUNDREDS of them).Do community service for the local Charlottesville community. Go to free events such as football games; show your UVA spirit!

    In three sentences

    University of Virginia is a top-tier university with high quality education and positive, safe, and fun environment. Also, University of Virginia is the only college in the nation that is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Because University of Virginia is at the heart of Charlottesville, there are many interactions between the school and the local Charlottesville community that have been proven to be beneficial for both groups.