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University of Virginia

The University of Virginia would prepare America's future leaders to protect their young democracy. It would facilitate open exchange between students and professors, unlock the potential of the nation best and brightest minds, and encourage students and faculty to advance knowledge and break traditional boundaries.

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In 1819 Thomas Jefferson fulfilled his lifelong ambition to create a new and better institution of higher learning.


  • UVA offers one of the world’s most iconic undergraduate experiences. Designed as a machine to foster ingenuity, UVA has stood as a center for critical thought designed not just to create a better kind of university but also to create better leaders and a more informed society.
  • Whatever your goal, a graduate degree, a professional education or postdoctoral studies at UVA will help you reach your destination. With a diverse suite of degrees and programs, the University of Virginia supports a variety of paths, propelling students forward to pursue their educations as far as they choose to go.
  • Summer Session
  • Executive education courses


With core investments in strengthening our research capabilities, UVA is focusing research on intellectual and social challenges where it can have the most impact. As part of this effort, the University is developing several cross-disciplinary institutes and initiatives that address complex challenges, that provide valuable educational and research opportunities and that generate scholarship and research with a measurable impact. These initiatives align with societal needs and create new knowledge that produces unanticipated technologies and innovative ideas.


Many people think picking a major means picking a career, but a major is just one factor that can help determine your career path. Be open-minded about your major choice and explore options that align with your interests, skills and values. Discover opportunities that may fit your interests and talents, and learn about some you didn't even know existed.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The Help Desk is available to help all students troubleshoot any technical issues free of charge. The Help Desk is centrally located in the main hallway of the classroom building of Saunders Hall.

Housing services

Life in the residence halls will be an important part of your first year at UVA, and you probably have a lot of questions. The links below should help your learn about the housing application and assignment process.

Library services

Today, the University of Virginia Library is a vital resource for students, faculty and scholars worldwide. With several major facilities, labs and programs the Library offers critical support to academic endeavors at UVA and beyond. At its heart lies Alderman, a sprawling complex housing works in the humanities and social sciences.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Student Activities Center (Clubs & Organizations)
  • Student Affairs, Office for (School of Medicine)
  • Student Career Services, School of Law
  • Student Council
  • Student Disability Access Center (Academic and Disabilities Services)
  • Student Elections (University Board of Elections)
  • Student Financial Services
  • Student Health Center (Elson)
  • Student Information System
  • Student Information System (SIS)
  • Student Legal Services
  • Student Member of the Board of Visitors
  • Student Residential Facilities (Virtual Tour)

Sports facilities

The entire UVA community—students, staff, athletes, faculty and families—participates in a wide variety fitness programs, outdoor adventure and club and intramural sports activities, and the University maintains a combined 14 courts, fields and recreation centers. Walk anywhere across Grounds at virtually any time of day, and you’ll find people engaged in athletic activity—from pick-up volleyball to spinning to club basketball to weekend hiking expeditions on the Appalachian Trail, which passes only a few miles from the University.

Student clubs

At UVA, the opportunities to lead are endless. From day one, students are called upon to take charge—from serving as part of Class and Student Councils, where they work to foster a sense of community and advocate on behalf of peers, to joiningJudiciary Committee, where they strive to uphold the University’s standards of conduct, to serving on Honor Committee, where they work tirelessly to support the University’s Honor System. Here, leadership isn’t just an elective. It’s a way of life.


The University of Virginia is an accredited member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges ("SACSCOC" or the "Commission").

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

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