University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Get to know University of Virginia

School Profile

College Town campus setting

16,793 undergraduate students

8,700 graduate students

4,043 first-year students

31% of students are from outside of Virginia

5% of students are from outside of the U.S. 


19% applicants admitted

90% in Top 10% of HS class

SAT EBRW Middle 50%: 690-750

SAT M Middle 50%: 710-790

ACT Middle 50%: 32-35


70+ majors and minors

Student-to-faculty ratio 15:1

Introduction to University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is a public research university with a liberal arts core located about 100 miles away from Washington, D.C. It was created to prepare a new generation and a new nation to govern and lead-producing a culture that places responsibility, along with the power to change, in the hands of students. UVA’s groundbreaking model of student self-governance provides students with the opportunity to govern much of life on Grounds-from responsibility for Residence halls to serving on the Honor Committee, to reporting to our Board of Visitors-students are encouraged to take on responsibilities and experiences that prepare them for lives as citizen leaders.

Undergraduate majors and degrees are offered through 8 separate schools, 5 of which are available to high school students to apply for undergraduate admission. The remaining schools are upper divisional. UVA offers 3 scholars programs for entering first year students; Echols Scholars, College Science Scholars, and Rodman. 

The College of Arts and Science offers more than 50 majors and minors ranging from Cognitive Science to Archaeology and the Interdisciplinary Major Program. The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers undergraduate degrees in 11 academic programs including Biomedical, Electrical, and Systems Engineering. The School of Architecture offers BA and BS degrees in Architecture, Architectural History, Landscape Architecture and Urban & Environmental Planning. The School of Nursing cultivates compassionate caregivers, agile thinkers, top-notch researchers and creative and astute practitioners in the field of nursing. The School of Education and Human Development offers degrees in education with programs such as Kinesiology, Speech Communication Disorders, or Youth and Social Innovation. McIntire School of Commerce prepares students for careers in business and offers concentrations in Finance, Accounting, Information Technology, Management, and Marketing. McIntire is consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the country each and every year. The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy prepares students for careers in domestic and international public policy. Students can enroll in the accelerated BA and Masters in Public Policy Program which allows them to graduate in 5 years. The School of Data Science offers a major or minor in Data Science that prepares students for careers or postgraduate work using data skills.

UVA encourages students to enhance their academic experiences through research opportunities, whether by contributing to ongoing research efforts or carrying out independent work. The dynamic residential community is made possible by all first-year students living on Grounds. Outside of class, students have plenty to explore. The Arts for Students program provides students with free or discounted tickets to many arts events and student performances on Grounds. On a given weekend, you may find yourself volunteering around the Charlottesville community, attending a meeting for one of UVA’s 900 student clubs, at a game for one of the University’s 25 varsity sports or hiking with friends in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Fun Facts: The word “Grounds" is a term used by students, faculty and alumni to refer to the University instead of “campus.” Thomas Jefferson founded the University and designed the rotunda, the most recognizable symbol of UVA as the architectural and academic heart of his community of scholars. The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia opened the spring of 2020. It began with a student-led effort in 2019 and is a shining example of student self-governance. The memorial acknowledges and honors the more than 4,000 individuals who built and maintained the University while providing a significant opportunity to express UVA’s current ideas for the future and addressing a complex past.

UVA offers the Hoos First advising program, which connects the University’s more than 1,700 first-generation faculty, staff, and students.

94 %

graduation rate, one of the highest among public universities. 

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