University of Virginia Review

The University of Virginia was established by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, the school offers many degrees programs, including those in architecture, education, nursing and other subjects.

University of Virginia Overview

University of Virginia was the first education institution to offer academic programs in what are today common areas, such as astronomy and philosophy. Its school of engineering and science was also the first of its kind in the United States.

Today, the school offers 48 bachelor's degrees, 94 master's degrees, 55 doctoral degrees, six educational specialist degrees and two first-professional degrees in medicine and law. Among U.S. News & World Report,, rankings of 'National Universities' in the United States, University of Virginia ranks second. In the 20-year history of U.S. News and World Report's rankings, University of Virginia has never dropped out of the top 25 listing of public schools.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

University of Virginia accepts the common application and its own supplement to the common application. First-year students are required to apply to one of four undergraduate schools, which focus on architecture, arts and science, engineering or nursing.

If a student is interested in commerce, education or leadership and public policy, they can apply for these programs after one or two years at the university. The school focuses on writing in admission essays, recommendation from a guidance counselor and teacher and extra curricular activities, among other qualifications. This school offers several scholarships, fellowships and grant opportunities for students through the school and government.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

Student life is unique at the University of Virginia. It is one of few United States colleges where historical secret societies are active on campus. There are also several fraternities and sororities and its Division I NCAA teams are highly competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The school also has a famous campus, and it has won praise for its unique Jeffersonian architecture. The school is a historical landmark and tourist destination.

Schools and Colleges at University of Virginia

  • School of Architecture
  • College of Arts and 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

School Contact Information

  • Address: Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone Number: (434) 924-0311