University of Virginia

Thomas Jefferson can’t be wrong – that’s right: the American Founding Father was the Founding Father of this elite institution. College Compass Campus Profile hopes it can match that impressive pedigree.

NAME: University of Virginia.

SCHOOLS: School of Architecture, College of Arts & Sciences, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, McIntire School of Commerce, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Curry School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and College at Wise.

MEDIAN SAT SCORE: 1840-2150.


CAMPUS: 1,682 acres.

NUMBER OF FRIENDS YOU CAN MAKE: total undergraduate enrollment of 15,476.

WHERE YOU WILL LIVE: Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville. It’s referred to among insiders as Mr. Jefferson’s University or simply The University. Only first-year students are required to live on campus, and many upperclassmen live in off-campus apartments or fraternity and sorority houses. Greek life is prominent at UVA with a membership that includes approximately 30 percent of the student body. The Cavaliers, known unofficially as Wahoos or ‘Hoos, are members of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference and are well known for their consistently dominant men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.

COST: $10,628 in-state, $33,574 out-of-state.

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