University of Virginia - Main Campus Reviews
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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.
I absolutely love attending the University of Virginia. The first time I set foot on the grounds, I just knew it was going to be home. The nursing school there is one of the best in the country and I'm so proud to be associated with it. I have had wonderful instructors and learned so much from doing my clinical rotations. I even got a job in the STBICU (Surgical Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit) so that experience plus my classroom instruction will hopefully help me on my journey to becoming a trauma nurse.
Great experience during which I was challenged and grew as a person.
UVA was one of the best experiences of my life. The opportunities that the school, and especially the Engineering school, was able to offer gave me guidance through my education. There are many paths to choose at UVA and the experiences are all world class. I would recommend UVA to any and all students who value education and experience in improving their knowledge and ability to engage in the world.
Large enough that you can make it anything you want it to be, not so large that it doesn't feel tight nit. I wish I could have never left.