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I was dead-set on attending William & Mary when I was looking at universities in Virginia. In fact, I only applied to UVA because they had extended their deadline and I had some extra time. I am so happy I did. The University of Virginia is an amazing place to learn. Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the grounds of UVA are made to be a place focused on creating a community of learning. There is a group for every type of student, whether it be greek life or LARPing. If it doesn't exist you can create it and the university will support your efforts. As for academics, the university is touted as being one of the best universities in the country, especially for the cost of tuition. When I was a student, I had professors who had been civil rights leaders and instrumental in the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Talks. Even though you will have large lectures in your 101 classes you still get to have one on one discussion in the seminars for that lecture. The best part about UVA is its traditions and culture. It would not be uncommon for students to walk across grounds (campus) from an a capella concert humming the Good Ol' song (school song) to gather at the Rotunda and watch streakers make their way down the length of the Lawn (the quad) before whispering to the statue of Thomas Jefferson "Good Night." This is exactly what happened to me when I visited UVA as an incoming first year and what made me so excited to attend the University.
I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of education I received at the University of Virginia, especially for the financial value. I also made a lot of great connections and was thoroughly prepared for the next step in life. The professors are all world class. They make themselves available to the students both during class time and outside of it. I could not recommend attending enough to those that have the opportunity.
University of Virginia has outstanding professors who genuinely want you to succeed and learn. Although some classes are difficult, you come out of them knowing so much more than you did going into them. You can't beat the school's architecture and being on grounds is always a treat. Highly recommend this university for anyone who is interested.
I am currently finishing my last semester of my bachelor's degree in speech language pathology and audiology. I think what makes our bachelor's program so great is the support from our faculty members and our tight knit community. We are able to work with our professors for usually more than just one semester and develop a great rapport with them. I also think that we are provided with a lot of hands on opportunities when using certain softwares or conducting certain projects (for example using boardmaker or praat). Due to my experience, I feel that I am prepared to excel and work with future clients in any graduate program that I choose.
Attending the University of Virginia was a choice that I made as a high school senior, and one that I will always be happy with. The level of instruction, the campus life, and the people that I met are all a part of an unmatched undergraduate experience. The cognitive science major was a great choice for a blend of technical, natural, and behavioral sciences--and was a good degree to choose while also being a premed student.
I was at UVA they have the best basketball team but that's it... if only TONY BENNETT was the dean... it cost me $40K a year and most of the the professors never had time for you. I Ironically even the expert on differentiation didn't differentiate. I had a STAT's 2 teacher who couldn't speak English clearly and no one in the department would help me understand the class - I went from an A+ in STAT 1 to a C-. I had an advisor who was verbally abusive, nuts - even got arrested for grand larceny, but he's still there. So please don't think that in-person universities are better. With the exception of 2 professors at UVA, my NCU professors have far surpassed the quality of instruction I received in UVA's doctorate program. My research writing has improved significantly because of the professors at NCU, and the books that they select and the sequential design of my program has allowed me to build one skill on top of the next. The feedback that I've received from most of the professors has been great. I used to ask for help at UVA and they called me lazy... they made me second guess my abilities during a serious medical issue and chemo brain... UVA professors called me lazy, and tried to kick me out of school, and I had a nervous breakdown from the stress. So when the only professor who had my back left, I left. NCU has much better about accommodating me. NCU - is a great bang for the buck, especially when compared to the money I paid at UVA and got very little back for it. Don't ever go to UVA grad school - Curry if you want to be something more than an academic slave.
UVA is a uniquely special school, a wonderful "academic village" (as Thomas Jefferson called it) where students and faculty can join together to learn and grow. Virginia definitely prepared me for entering post-graduate life, and the great diversity of courses allowed me to understand different cultures from around the world and approach problems with a holistic mindset, rather than a narrow, one-sided focus. UVA is an amazing school with great opportunities, no matter what you major in, and Charlottesville is an awesome town to live in! Would highly recommend.
Everything you've heard about UVa is true: the academics there are excellent and you have to be very intelligent (or incredibly hard-working) to succeed there, the mindset of a majority of the students is "work hard, play hard" so the weekends can get a bit wild (especially if you're involved in Greek life), and most of the students come from an upper middle class white NoVa background, so you have to expect the cliques and snobbery that comes along with that. If you're not willing to put in the work, aren't well-off, and/or are not outgoing and sociable, you will not enjoy UVa; but if rigorous classes and partying every weekend with your parents' money is your idea of a good time, you'll love UVa.
Wonderful experience with close group feel and welcoming environment
University of Virginia's renowned historical academical village coupled with its breathtaking history with Thomas Jefferson and his unique worldview lends students the opportunity to experience world-class knowledge at a public school price. The demographic is quite homogenous and the school can appear quite large and at times, overwhelming. The psychology department had overall competent professors; however, the large lecture classes and over-involvement of teacher assistant in grading an classroom management leaves the student with feeling impersonal as well as just a number in a large crowd. My viewpoint of the world expanded tremendously throughout my four year at college, and I am immensely grateful for the bright intellectuals that comprised UVA's classroom and campus.