In 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and inaugurated a bold experiment – a public university designed to advance human knowledge, educate leaders and cultivate an informed citizenry.
The University of Virginia encompasses twelve schools in Charlottesville, as well as the College at Wise in Southwest Virginia. In 2019, the University was ranked the No. 3 best public university by U.S. News & World Report. In the 20 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, UVA has ranked in the top three and continues to rank in the Top 30 among the best of all national universities, public and private.
Collectively, UVA's research productivity, quality, and impact are strong but could be even stronger.
We have identified five priority areas that represent major societal challenges and opportunities and draw on our existing strengths: Democracy, Environmental Resilience and Sustainability, Precision Medicine, the Brain and Neuroscience, and Digital Technology and Society. In each area, we will take a coordinated approach through institutes, centers, and labs to amplify the impact of our faculty’s work.
Get tailored advice from a UVA Career Counselor! UVA Students who come to us get trustworthy guidance for each stage of their journey - whether it's figuring out what you really want to do, choosing your major, gaining work experience or prepping for that first interview.
The Office for Student Affairs supports medical students during their time at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and provides personal, professional, and academic guidance.
Housing & Residence Life works collaboratively to create open, welcoming communities on Grounds for students at the University of Virginia. Residents are empowered to engage their potential as scholars and leaders through self-governance and participation in residential area activities and leadership.
Inspired by the collecting policies of the Library of Congress which emphasizes all subjects are important to leadership of the country the UVA Library collects, preserves, organizes, and shares materials of all varieties, providing unfettered access to an accumulation of knowledge, two centuries in the making.
The University of Virginia takes your well-being seriously and is committed to providing you with the resources you need to succeed and thrive during your time here. Our Elson Student Health Center located just off Central Grounds provides high quality, confidential medical care.We also offer a number of supportive services for students.
In your first year, you begin your UVA experience in on-Grounds housing, much of which has just been renovated, expanded or built. Centrally located, student residential communities are in close proximity to state-of-the-art fitness centers, contemporary dining facilities and virtually all academic classrooms.You can also live in one of UVA's residential colleges, close-knit communities that foster social and intellectual interaction between faculty and students of all years. These include Brown College, Hereford College and the International Residential College (IRC).
Walk across Grounds at any time of day and you’ll find our community enjoying an active lifestyle. Whether it is a championship match of intramural soccer or achieving a personal best in the weight room, our students and faculty make sports and recreation an integral part of the UVA experience.
More than 300,000 square feet of indoor recreation space and over 30 acres of outdoor courts and fields are available to you. Additionally, we have the McArthur Squash Center, which hosted the 2018 World Masters championship, and the Slaughter Climbing Center, with over 2,000 square feet of climbing surface. Students and faculty have every opportunity to enrich their lives through sports and recreation.
What moves you athletics? Literature? Chess? Salsa dancing? At UVA, you’ll find a wealth of opportunities to create your own unique experiences, find your niche and follow your passions. From arts and athletic events to over 800 clubs and organizations, the only option you won’t have is boredom.
UVA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).