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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.
UVa is full of high-achieving students. Even the supposedly easy classes are challenging; however, I would say that I have learned that teachers and peers are all willing to help you out if you reach out. It is about taking an initiative to improve. In terms of diversity, it is majority white, but you will definitely meet people from different ethnic groups and backgrounds.
The curriculum at UVA is rigorous, and the academic competition between students is absolutely cut throat; this also applies to ALL extracurricular activities and fraternities/sororities. While the actual UVA grounds and surrounding Charlottesville, VA landscape are absolutely breathtaking, the faculty and students BOTH leave MUCH to be desired. Nearly each student believes they are the next JFK, and every professor a modern day Einstein, both of which are far from accurate. The faculty is very hands off towards students, unapproachable, and extremely hard to converse with before and after class, even during their posted supposed "office hours." They clearly DO NOT want to help students succeed, and see their job as simply a title and resume booster since UVA is very historic and academically prestigious. For all non-STEM majors, the grading is EXTREMELY biased, and professors make it blatantly obvious who their individual favorite students are (as in who is a brown noser), and who agrees with their personal worldview. Any sort of grading rubric or standard is non-existent, and they DO NOT reward hard work and well thought out papers, unless their personal philosophy happens to align with yours that is. I received a 3.87 cumulative GPA, but only after learning the hard way that EVERY professor ONLY wants to read essays, term papers, and tests which coincide with their viewpoint; and that is un-arguably reflected in your grades. The students... now they are some of the most self entitled, pretentious, fake people you will find virtually anywhere. I am currently at the Harvard Kennedy School for my Master's, and the typical students here is exponentially more down to earth, sociable, and rational than any student you will find at UVA... and even though UVA is a top 25 university... it isn't Harvard, but don't you dare tell them that.