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January 2019FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Great college town. The professors are always willing to help you and the students here overall are friendly.

Downers

They could improve on guiding students more regarding career choices, particularly in their third year.

Comments

Make sure you go and sit in on a class. It will help you to get a feel of what the students, professor and overall life at UVA will be like.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Cost-Effective Options for In-state Students”
September 2018CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Cost-effective option for in-state students, variety of majors, located in a historic city

Downers

Surprising number of scandals in recent years, ranging from the Rolling Stone article to the protests of August 2017 in Charlottesville

Comments

Explore the variety of academic programs available at UVa, and make sure that you complete prerequisites for majors you are interested in during high school (will help out in the long-run)

Would You Recommend

Yes

“great school”
November 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

great history, academic culture, and absolutely beautiful grounds. faculty is very supportive

Downers

still retains a bit of a waspy southern feel at times, frat culture too pervasive

Comments

don't go here to study arts or math. the E school is okay, but business and pre-law are by far the strongest programs.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Go Hoos!”
August 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Great school and traditions. Great professors and a good variety of classes to take. Beautiful grounds. Great combination of of work and play. Situated in an amazing college town.

Downers

The football team is subpar. The online registration system for classes is a pain but very easy to overlook

Comments

UVa is the best school ever. Charlottesville is amazing and I wish that I never had to leave. An amazing school!

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Best school in VA and underrated”
August 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

If you work hard enough, this school provides you with every opportunity to do something amazing, both during your time at UVa and afterwards

Downers

You DO have to work hard enough to achieve impact - it doesn't get handed to you, and no one is there to hold your hand through your academic career or recruiting

Comments

It might feel a bit bigger than some of the private schools but you can easily find your niche and thrive. Make sure the academics fit you and don't worry about whether you'll like the culture or not - it's big enough you'll find people you like

Would You Recommend

Yes

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

physics department cannot teach physics. Get your physics credit out of the way. They don't recognize IB credit, so take a lot of AP tests. Class sizes vary, grading is done (at least in engineering) by comparing how well you did with everyone else.

Quality of Life

AWESOME

Admissions

Standard application....

Level

1

Graduation Year

2013

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

In the College of Arts and Sciences, there are several requirements that may be easily fulfilled by a number of classes. Two writing classes, a historical studies class, a "non-western perspectives" class, foreign language competency, and a given number of credits in natural science, mathematics, humanities, and social science are needed. Introductory classes are often large-- up to 500 people-- but the professors go great lengths to make themselves available to the students regardless. Particularly, Professor Kenneth Elzinga of the Econ department stands out. Many students claim the workload is intense, though I find it easier than high school thus far.

Quality of Life

It is excellent. There is plenty to do in Charlottesville. The dining halls are not world-class, but they provide decent-tasting, nutritious food most nights. The libraries are expansive and are excellent places to study or relax.

Admissions

Application was very straightforward. Common Application was used. Additionally, two short essays were required-- one asked me to describe a work of science, art, or literature that profoundly affected me. The other essay had a number of topic options. There are no interviews.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

general requirements for each college, major requirements, academic advising based on major, various class sizes (lecture classes can have 200 but smaller and more advanced classes have 15-20), grading is very strict, lots of study abroad opportunities in various countries or on the UVA cruise ship, lots of notable faculty

Quality of Life

awesome

Admissions

unique application essays, common application, financial aid and scholarship opportunities (need and merit based), athletic scholarships

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Very challenging and rewarding. Most departments have exceptional faculty. Liberal arts. Large intro classes. Appropriate mid-higher level class sizes. Approachable and available professors. Advising available. Study abroad very available and highly encouraged. Workload is large.

Quality of Life

Absolutely amazing. Campus housing is amazing and provides an incredible community. You couldn't pay me to live anywhere else. Excellent in all regards.

Admissions

Essay intensive. All regular decision. Great financial aid. Many scholarships, both merit and need based offered. Very comprehensive.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

have professor that are at the top of their teachings

Quality of Life

great

Admissions

unique application questions, essays, interviews for certain programs,

Level

1

Graduation Year

2013

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