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.

The Jefferson Scholarship

The Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia seeks to identify and attract individuals who are top leaders, scholars, and citizens. The Jefferson Scholarship is a full scholarship for four years at the University of Virginia, plus coverage of supplemental enrichment experiences which establish the scholarship as one of the most unique opportunities for a university student. The total value of the scholarship exceeds $280,000 USD for students from the UK.

The scholarship includes an extensive enrichment program which includes activities throughout the four years:

  • Team Challenge Program
  • Institute for Leadership and Citizenship
  • Foreign Travel Studies
  • Exploratory Fund
  • Alumni Connections Program
  • Unpaid Internship Funding
  • Career Counseling
  • Enrichment Dinners and Receptions

Awarded solely on the basis of merit, Jefferson Scholarships are granted to candidates who have undergone a rigorous selection process. No one may apply for a Jefferson Scholarship directly. For the UK competition, a prospective Jefferson Scholar must be nominated by his/her school (eligible schools may nominate one or two students per year from the graduating class) by December 1. Once nominated, students are placed into regional competitions, which will determine the 120 finalists who will be invited to Charlottesville, Virginia for the Jefferson Scholarship Selection Weekend in late March. In 2018-2019, 38 Jefferson Scholars emerged from the pool of over 2,000 nominees worldwide.

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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: 17% (out-of state students)
  • Average ACT range: 30-34
  • Average SAT range: 1860-2180
  • Test optional?: Yes for all students entering in fall 2021
  • 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): $68,108


  • 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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