Life at UVA
The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2011 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.
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. 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.
The University of Virginia is not just a place to study and learn. We have found all of the resources you will need to immerse yourself in the culture of U.Va., including information about living on-grounds, meal plans, student organizations and fitness facilities.
Charlottesville has the amenities of a large city with the appeal of a small town. With a mix of small and large entertainment venues hosting both local and new artists and nationally known artists, C-Ville gives you the best diversions from your studies. Restaurants galore will give you an excuse to skip the dining halls. Charlottesville is located in the heart of Virginia, so whatever is not within city limits is very close by — be it Monticello, the Appalachian Trail or Washington, D.C. — your exploration is unlimited.