Established over 200 years ago by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia has one of the most beautiful and historic campuses in the US.

The school consistently ranks among the top public universities. Located in Charlottesville, the university is near Jefferson's home at Monticello. The school has strengths in academic areas from the humanities to engineering.

UVa prides itself on maintaining a low student-teacher ratio, promoting faculty research that then feeds back into and enriches classroom learning, and offering undergraduate and graduate students alike plenty of opportunities for individualized discussion.

On top of its focus on student-driven learning, the University has a strong reputation for encouraging research—even to the point of offering students grants to pursue individual projects.

Our relative smaller size allows us to offer an experience that is not just broad, but deep. Around 90% of our classes are taught by professors, and our overall atmosphere is one of accessibility plus possibility.

Basic details

  • Region: South
  • Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Campus setting: Rural
  • Type of institution: Public

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 29%
  • Average ACT range: 28-32
  • Average SAT range: 1860-2180
  • Test optional?: No
  • Common Application accepted?: Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; Anthropology; Architecture; Area Studies; Art History; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Drama/Theatre Arts; Education; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Genetics; Geography; Geology; History; Humanities; Journalism; Languages; Law; Liberal Arts; Literature; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Music; Nutrition; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Policy; Sociology
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  • International students are eligible for: Merit/talent based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $56,312


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Women's Field Hockey; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Rowing; Women's Rowing; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Men's Wrestling

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