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University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA

Research the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Learn about its admission info, degree and certificate programs, and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia is a public university that was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. In 2013, US News & World Report ranked the university as the second top public school in the country as well as the 24th best national university. The university was also placed second on the 2012 Best Value Colleges report put out by the Princeton Review.


The University of Virginia has eleven academic schools that offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as some non-degree programs. Continuing education programs offer classes in the evening, on weekends or online, as well as onsite classes in academic centers throughout the state of Virginia. There are thirteen facilities in the university's library system, which includes specialized labs and digital resources.

Students at the university can study abroad, taking advantage of one of the more than fifty programs offered by the university or one of the programs offered by other organizations that the university has approved for credit. A partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Curry School of Education offers students a dual degree program, allowing them to graduate in five years with an undergraduate and a master's degree in education. Students coming to the university with advanced standing have the opportunity to go into the university's 'Three Plus One' program, which offers a three-year bachelor's degree program followed by a one-year master's degree program.


Applicants to the university should use the Common Application with the university's additional supplement. The regular admission deadline is January 1, while the early action deadline is November 1. Additional forms, such as transcripts, the counselor recommendation and the teacher evaluation, are due by January 10. All applicants must also submit SAT or ACT test scores, and students are encouraged to submit SAT II subject area test scores. Applicants can view the status of their application online starting April 1.

Five of the University of Virginia's academic schools, which include the engineering, nursing and kinesiology programs, accept applications from first-year students. Students wishing to attend other schools should first apply through the arts and sciences department. Along with the SAT II subject tests, the university also accepts AP and IB exams scores and CLEP scores that correspond to subject examinations used by the university.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, first-year students from Virginia paid $12,224 in tuition, while those from outside Virginia paid $38,236. Room and board fees for students living on campus were an average total of $9,440, with the university recommending a budget of $1,220 for books and supplies and $2,110 for personal expenses.

Financial aid available to undergraduate students includes federal grants, loans, and work-study, state grant and assistance programs and scholarships. Students who want to receive federal and state aid or aid from the university should fill out the FAFSA and submit it by March 1. Students who cannot pay their bill in full have the option of enrolling in the university's monthly payment plan or paying at least two-thirds of the total charges and deferring the rest to a later date.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 14,591 undergraduate and 6,515 graduate students (2011-2012)**
Student Housing Four types of housing options; traditional halls, apartments, residential colleges and language houses**
Schools 11 academic schools**
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business/Commerce, General (340)
Master's: Business Administration and Management, General (366)
Doctorate: 376 (Law)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who began in Fall 2005:
87% in four years
94% in six years
94% in eight years*
Admission Rate 33% in 2011*
Entering Class 3,438 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 97% for full-time; 100% for part-time*
Middle 50% of SAT Scores of Admitted Students 620-720 Critical Reading, 640-740 Math, 630-730 Writing**
Application Due Date January 1**
Decision Notification Date April 1**
Tuition $$25,354 for Virginia residents and $51,636-$52,606 for non-residents (total estimated costs as of 2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011:
Federal grants (14%)
State and local grants/scholarships (10%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (27%)
Federal loans (28%)
Other student loans (2%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 59% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 400160, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4160
  • Phone: (434) 982-3200
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