The University of Virginia (locally referred to as “Virginia” or “UVA”) is a four-year non-profit research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Founded in 1819, UVA is one of the oldest universities and higher education institutions in the United States. The institution was designed by Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the third president of the United States. The original members of the Board of Visitors for University of Virgnia include James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. The university was build on land that was orginally owned by James Monroe. In fact, Brown College at Monroe Hill (one UVA’s academic colleges) resides on the original site of Monroe’s farmhouse and law office. Another very unique characteristic of UVA is that it is the only university campus in the nation that has has been recognized by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Heritage Site.|
AcademicsIn contrast to many major universities, the University of Virginia does not offer honorary degrees. All degrees awarded by the university must be earned academically (a policy instituted by the institution’s founder Thomas Jefferson). UVA offers bachelor’s degrees in nearly 50 fields of study, master’s degrees in 94 subject areas and doctoral degrees in 55 academic and professional disciplines. The university also offers first-professional degrees in Law and Medicine and 6 specialist degrees in education.
The University of Virginia produces more Rhodes Scholars than any other state sponsored university in the nation. The university’s most recent Rhodes Scholar (No. 48) was selected in 2012. The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate scholarship awarded to qualifying foreign students to study at the University of Oxford in England. Many individuals within and outside of academia, including The McGill Reporter, Associated Press, Yale University Press and Time, consider the Rhodes Scholarship to be one of the most prestigious scholastic awards in the world. Rhodes Scholars receive free tuition, college fees are paid in full and they receive a monthly stipend to cover other expenses such as lodging and food. They also are provided unrestricted access to Rhodes House, named after Cecil John Rhodes who set up the original provision for the Rhodes Scholarship.
Even though UVA isn’t as prestigious as the other top higher education institutions such as Princeton, Cornell and Duke, many gifted students turn down offers from these private schools because they feel the University of Virginia offers a comparable academic program at a much better value. For both in-state and out-of-state students, tuition is going to be lower at UVA than at most other comparable education institutions. In fact, the Center for College Affordability and Productivity has recognized UVA as offering the “top value” among all national public higher education institutions throughout the United States. Both Princeton Review and USA TODAY also recognized UVA as the “Number One Best Value” among public universities in the U.S.
Academic Colleges and SchoolsUniversity of Viriginia undergraduate, graduate and first-professional degree programs are offered through one of the institution’s 12 academic colleges and schools, which include:
College RankingsUVA was ranked No. 2 among public national universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report in both 2009 and 2010. During the same period it ranked one hundred and thirtieth among the top universities in the world. The undergraduate program at UVA was ranked second in the nation among public universities in 2011, and it tied with University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, and Wake Forest University for 25th place among all undergraduate programs (both public and private). In over 25 years, UVA has always been ranked among the top universities nationwide and No.1 or No.2 among public universities. For the last thirty years, UVA’s undergraduate program has been the number one ranked program, among both public and private schools, in Virginia. In 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked the University of Virginia forty-fourth on its list all U.S. universities and No.1 public universities. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked UVA seventy-second in the world in 2011 and during the same year QS World University Rankings ranked UVA No. 126 out of all universities worldwide. GQ Magazine has even thrown in their two cents, commenting in their publication that the University of Virginia has a high percentage of student athletes that attend class and perform well academically.
Not only does the University of Virginia fair well in general undergraduate rankings, its individual graduate programs rank competitively as well. UVA’s general Law, International Law, Tax Law and Architecture programs all rank among the top 10 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report. Other graduate and professional programs including UVA’s Developmental Psychology, Adult/Medical-Surgical Nursing, Political Theory, Secondary Teacher Education, U.S. History, English Literature, Psychitatric Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Business Management, Special Education, American Literature, Creative Writing, and Elementary Education programs all rank in the top 20 within their respective fields.
Among public universities, the University of Virginia has received national recognition for graduating the highest number of African Americans of any public university in the nation. Eight-seven percent of African American students at UVA graduate, compared to the next runners up, UCLA, that has a black student graduation rate of 73%, University of California Berkeley, at 70%, and University of Michigan, at 68%. University of Virginia also has a much higher black student undergraduate enrollment rate (8.7%) than any of these schools. Not is UVA more popular among African American students, but it graduates at a lot higher rate from the university, when compared with comparable public higher education institutions.
Graduate PlacementsAccording to a study produced by The Wall Street Journal the University of Virginia has about a 3% placement rate of its undergraduate students into “elite” graduate and advanced degree programs following completion of their bachelor’s degrees. While this may not seem like a high number, UVA placed 33rd in graduate placements among all universities (public and private) nationwhide and 3rd in the nation among public universities. Along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, no other state university came close to the number of graduate placements as UVA.
Faculty and StaffOne of the marks of a truly good university, is a distinguished faculty-and that is exactly what the University of Virginia has. Faculty at UVA include 3 Packard foundation Award winners, the winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology, 6 National Endowment for the Hummanities fellows, 26 Fulbright Scholars, 25 Guggenheim fellows, 3 Sloan award winners, 2 Presidential Young Investigator Award winners, a U.S. poet laureate, and a Pulitzer Prize winner.
Historically, UVA faculty lived on-campus with the students, serving not only as academic instructors but also as advisors. However, today most UVA faculty live off campus and there are resident advisors (RAs) that live on campus and advise undergraduate students. There are a few select faculty that still continue the old tradition, live on-campus and function as both instructor and advisor to their students.
Tuition & Fees
All Degrees and Programs
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Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, & Marketing
Business – General B
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Mechanical Engineering B
Systems Engineering B
English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Foreign Language & Literature
Comparative Literature B
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Nursing (RN) B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B
History – General B
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B
Mathematics – General B
Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Philosophy & Religion
Religion/Religious Studies B
Psychology – General B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
A = Associate degree
B = Bachelor’s degree
C = Certificate or diploma