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University of Virginia

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.

Academics

In 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 Schools

University of Viriginia undergraduate, graduate and first-professional degree programs are offered through one of the institution’s 12 academic colleges and schools, which include:
  • School of Architecture
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
  • McIntire School of Commerce
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Curry School of Education
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • College at Wise
UVA also offers higher education programs and opportunities through one of several learning centers including the Center for Chemistry, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Rare Book School, Miller Center of Public Affairs, and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. UVA’s Art Musuem, while not technically a college, or learneing center, is setup to help students, as well as the general public, learn from and study works of art that they display.

College Rankings

UVA 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 Placements

According 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 Staff

One 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.

General Information

Admission Office
Box 400160
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4160
(434) 982-3200
Fax: (434) 924-3587
undergradadmission@virginia.edu
Contact: Gregory Roberts
Dean of Admission
Main Address
PO Box 400160
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4160
(434) 924-0311
www.virginia.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 15,208
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,256
Degree-seeking undergrads: 13,869
Graduate enrollment: 7,608

Setting
Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $8,690 $9,490 $9,872 $10,828 +9.68%
Books and Supplies $1,100 $1,150 $1,150 $1,167 +1.48%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,325 $7,709 $8,220 $8,590 +4.50%
Other $2,100 $2,139 $1,900 $1,950 +2.63%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $19,215 $20,488 $21,142 $22,535 +6.59%
In-state Off Campus $9,790 $10,640 $11,022 $11,995 +8.83%
In-state with Family $9,790 $10,640 $11,022 $11,995 +8.83%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $11,598
In-state Student Fees $2,272
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $20,922
Out-of-state Fees $2,944
Tuition at University of Virginia is lower for both in-state and out-of-state students than at the majority of other top universities in the United States.

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,790 55%
Grant or scholarship aid 900 28% $11,730,103 $13,033
• Federal grants 255 8% $1,100,201 $4,315
• Pell grants 255 8% $817,676 $3,207
• Other federal grants 248 8% $282,525 $1,139
State/local government grant or scholarships 286 9% $1,696,499 $5,932
Institutional grants or scholarships 778 24% $8,933,403 $11,483
Student loan aid 863 27% $5,818,083 $6,742
• Federal student loans 847 26% $4,691,890 $5,539
• Other student loans 85 3% $1,126,193 $13,249

All Degrees and Programs

Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11 4 2
Spanish Language and Literature 154 15 6
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 129 125 159
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 13 27
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 7
Medicine 141
Public Health 14
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 116 77 18
History 288 16 10
History 288 16 10
Human Services 29
Public Policy Analysis 29
Legal and Law Studies 38 374
Law 373
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 38 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 331
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 331
Mathematics and Statistics 93 19 9
Mathematics 93 8 5
Statistics 11 4
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 44 21
Biological and Physical Sciences 21
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 44
Natural Resources and Conservation 78 13 8
Environmental Science 78 13 8
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 30 44 1
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 30 44 1
Physical Sciences 139 38 21
Astronomy 7 3 5
Chemistry 90 4 9
Physics 42 31 7
Psychology 278 68 19 4
Clinical Psychology 9
Educational Psychology 58 1 4
Psychology 278 10 9
Social Sciences 1016 48 30
Anthropology 92 12 7
Economics 390 21 8
International Relations and Affairs 302 6 9
Political Science and Government 145 4 2
Sociology 87 5 4
Visual and Performing Arts 172 11 6
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 7 4
Art/art Studies 124
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 18
Music 30 4 2
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $60
Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 37%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 97%
Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 23,583
Percent Admitted: 33%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 44%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 610 (25th Percentile)
  • 720 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 630 (25th Percentile)
  • 740 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 620 (25th Percentile)
  • 720 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 28 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 28 (25th Percentile)
  • 34 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 27 (25th Percentile)
  • 33 (75th Percentile)
ACT Writing
  • 8 (25th Percentile)
  • 9 (75th Percentile)

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Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
Architectural History/Criticism B
Architecture B
City/Community/Regional Planning B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4268 1748 853 60
Architecture and Related Services 77 68 2
Architectural History and Criticism 6 12 2
Architecture 51 23
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 20 20
Landscape Architecture 13
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 46
African-american/black Studies 32
Area Studies, Other 14
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 240 2 51
Biochemistry 7
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 240 2 6
Biophysics 5
Cell/cellular Biology and Histology 1
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 21
Neuroscience 4
Pathology/experimental Pathology 2
Pharmacology 4
Physiology 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 320 615 3
Accounting 107
Business Administration and Management 387 3
Business/commerce 320 43
Management Information Systems 78
Computing and Information Sciences 46 11 3
Computer and Information Sciences 46 11 3
Education 350 76 56
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 7
Curriculum and Instruction 145 2 23
Education 134 60
Educational Leadership and Administration 27 13 33
Higher Education/higher Education Administration 11
Special Education and Teaching 26 1
Engineering 442 159 52
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering 29
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 56 6 15
Chemical Engineering 41 9 5
Civil Engineering 61 26 3
Computer Engineering 32 10 2
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 44 18 12
Engineering Physics/applied Physics 1 1
Engineering 15
Engineering, Other 18 4
Materials Engineering 8 4
Mechanical Engineering 69
Systems Engineering 95 63 6
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 223 38 11
Creative Writing 13
English Language and Literature 223 25 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 276 35 18
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 16 4 2
Comparative Literature 8
French Language and Literature 68 3 5
German Language and Literature 11 1 3
Italian Language and Literature 8 5
Linguistics 3
Latin American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Business – General B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Engineering
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
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Italian B
Slavic B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Nursing (RN) B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B

History
History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics
Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Physics B

Psychology
Psychology – General B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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