As one of the finest academic institutions in the world, our purpose goes beyond education. We create the next generation of leaders. We usher in the breakthroughs of tomorrow. It is our responsibility to be a force for good in the world. Our graduates take these values with them and go on to achieve historic success. With a tenacious spirit, a life-long commitment to integrity, and an endless drive, we pursue a greater tomorrow.
The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation and the world. The University is public, while nourished by the strong support of its alumni. It is also selective; the students who come here have been chosen because they show the exceptional promise Jefferson envisioned.
Since U.S. News began a separate listing of the top 50 public universities, UVA has never dropped out of the top three. And in the history of the U.S. News Rankings, U.Va. has never dropped out of the top-30 listing of all national universities.
The University of Virginia consists of eleven schools based in Charlottesville, Va. UVA offers 88 bachelor’s degrees in 85 fields, 90 master’s degrees and 54 doctoral degrees in 88 fields. Five educational-specialist degrees and two professional degrees in law and medicine are also offered.
“The most beautiful educational experience in America.”
In a poll circulated to members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the University of Virginia came out on top of almost 100 university campuses nominated for the honor.
“…serpentine walls, the Lawn, Rotunda just exude Thomas Jefferson‘s ideals.”
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The University of Virginia boast a vibrant array of activities, clubs, Greek-life and other groups for students to engage in for the complete academic experience in preparation for life beyond Grounds. The University is continually adding new dorms and academic buildings to make the college experience first-class and modern to go along with the historic charm of Jeffersonian design.
Charlottesville, located in the foothills of Virginia‘s Blue Ridge Mountains, is home to more than 43,475 residents with a metropolitan population nearing 200,000. For more demographic information, see Charlottesville‘s community profile and quality of life profile. Charlottesville is a small, thriving city, 120 miles from Washington, D.C.
The downtown area is an eighteen-block, brick-paved pedestrian mall with more than thirty outdoor cafes and restaurants, numerous modern theaters as well as several music venues. From April through October, Charlottesville celebrates Fridays After Five downtown, with free live music at its amphitheater, the Charlottesville Pavilion. The John Paul Jones Arena at the University is home to UVA men‘s and women‘s basketball teams and host to a number of attractions including concerts, family shows, and community events. Performers like the Rolling Stones, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga and Charlottesville‘s own Dave Matthews Band have all been a part of the Charlottesville music scene.
The countryside around Charlottesville and neighboring areas, especially in the spring and fall, ranks among the most beautiful sites in the nation. For the outdoor lovers, there are plenty of hiking trails and river activities to enjoy in the area. For fans of yesteryear, the region offers numerous Civil War sites and historical road markers detailing more than two hundred years of history and visitors flock annually to Monticello, home of the University‘s founder, Thomas Jefferson, Ashlawn-Highlands, home of James Monroe, and Montpelier, home of James Madison.
For years, Charlottesville has been picking up praise as one of the best places to live in the United States. It‘s been named; Best college town in the country by Traveler‘s Today; best town for food lovers by Wine Magazine; the country‘s favourite mountain town by Travel & Leisure; and most recently, the ‘Happiest City’ in America by US National Bureau of Economic Research
Thomas Jefferson envisioned his university as dedicated to educating and preparing future generations for active, informed citizenship. The graduates of the Universtiy include notable Alumni that are leaders in all areas of society including politics, business, arts, law, medicine, science, athletics and forgeign affairs.
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