University of Virginia: Narrative Description

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Charlottesville, VA 22903
Tel: (434)924-0311
Admissions: (434)982-3200
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1819. Setting: 1,160-acre suburban campus with easy access to Richmond. Endowment: $2 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $258.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,670 per student. Total enrollment: 23,341. Faculty: 1,322 (1,179 full-time, 143 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 14,822 applied, 39% were admitted. 84% from top 10% of their high school class, 96% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 152 valedictorians. Full-time: 13,378 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 751 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 102 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 9% black, 11% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 2% 25 or older, 46% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 97% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early decision, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, SAT II: Writing Test, students are required to take two SAT tests of their choice. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/2, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 12/1 for early decision. Preference given to state residents, children of alumni.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $5131 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $21,172 full-time. Mandatory fees: $1659 full-time. College room and board: $5960. College room only: $2970. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 30% of eligible men and 30% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Madison House, student government, University guides, University Union, The Cavalier Daily. Major annual events: Family Weekend, Homecoming, Finals Weekend. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 6,779 college housing spaces available; 6,294 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Alderman Library plus 14 others with 4.9 million books, 5.5 million microform titles, 53,015 serials, 534,662 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $29.4 million. 1,645 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Charlottesville, situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, was the home of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Numerous old homes and estates in Charlottesville and the surrounding areas, reveal Jefferson's architectural influence. All forms of commercial transportation are available. Albemarle County is known for its horses, dogs, fox hunting, and for its peach and apple orchards. The many outdoor activities include golf, tennis, hunting, fishing, and hiking. Some part-time employment is available for students. Points of interest include the Lewis and Clark Memorial, Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, Old Courthouse, and the University of Virginia-founded by Thomas Jefferson.