University of Virginia
University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 where his vision was to “create a better institution of higher learning to prepare American citizens to lead and govern the new nation”. The original governing School Board included Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe who was the sitting President of the United States at the time of its foundation. Today Jefferson’s vision is still being practiced and UVA was recently voted the Nation’s 2nd Best Public National University by U.S. News & World Report.
Located in Charlottesville, UVA campus is recognized for its Jeffersonian architecture and 1,682 acres of picturesque Central Virginia Countryside. The Lawn is UVA’s historic center of Jefferson’s academic community with abundant plush grass and towering oak trees. Surrounding the lawn are historic academic buildings, 54 lawn dorms for selected last year graduates and permanent staff housing. The Lawn is UVA’s most popular outdoor area with 10 distinctive gardens, graduation ceremonies, and other community events such as Trick or Treating. UVA “The Lawn” is a popular hangout for students and staff, perfect for studying or just relaxing before class.
University of Virginia prides itself on being a research university and selects students to attend who foster Jefferson’s vision. Prospective students are well rounded who not only demonstrate academic achievement but value intellectual ability and sense of community. UVA accepts prospective students from all over the world with an acceptance rate of 30% in 2016. Tuition costs for prospective students range from $30,490 for in-state to $59,834 for out of state. University of Virginia offers eleven distinguished schools which combine innovative thinking and variety of disciplines such as the following:
- Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
- College and Graduate College of Arts & Sciences
- Curry School of Education
- Darden School of Business
- McIntire School Commerce
- School of Architecture
- School of Law
- School of Medicine
- School of Continuing & Professional Studies
- School of Engineering & Applied Science
- School of Nursing
- UVA College of Wise
Student Life at UVA is very important and this college has an impressive Sorority and Fraternity program. Established in 2001, this program strives to educate and support students in recognized chapters as they shape organizations promoting principles of scholarship, leadership, service, diversity, and honor. Committed to strengthening student self-governance and leadership on the individual chapter and governing council levels, UVA Greek Life supports 63 chapters which are governed by four distinct councils. Currently, membership in our fraternity and sorority chapters encompasses 35% of UVA’s undergraduate population (over 4,600 students!). Besides an impressive Greek Life, UVA has an array of programs for students to participate in outside of academics. These programs include an Arts Board, Student Council, University Programs Council, After Hours Board and Leadership.
Besides exemplary academics and impressive student life/programs, graduates of UVA strive to be some of the most successful professionals. Ranking #2 in the Nation for Best Public College and also given a prestigious title by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, this college is a cornerstone to the community of Charlottesville.