University of Virginia

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Public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

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About University of Virginia

By James Barham, PhD

The University of Virginia (UVA) was very much the personal project of the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Virginia already had a venerable and distinguished university, the College of William & Mary, which is the second-oldest in the country—founded right after Harvard—and was Jefferson’s own alma mater.

However, in Jefferson’s day, William & Mary continued to require its students to subscribe to the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England, whereas Jefferson had become a deist—not an atheist, but not a Christian, either, and certainly not a friend to the C of E.

Jefferson was a great admirer of the French Revolution, and nothing if not a child of the Enlightenment. Therefore, he wanted his home state of Virginia to benefit from a more modern kind of university that would advance the enlightened and progressive values he held dear.

In 1817, Jefferson met with three of his friends and political colleagues, the newly elected, fifth President of the United States, James Monroe; the outgoing fourth president, James Madison; and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Marshall. At this meeting, they decided on a location for the new university near the town of Charlottesville.

Two years later, UVA received its charter from the Commonwealth of Virginia and construction began, with Jefferson himself serving as the main architect. The new university’s first classes began in 1825.

Two centuries later, UVA has become one of the premier public universities in the Old South. It has been affiliated with nine Nobel Prize laureates, namely,

  • Norman Ramsey and Clinton Davisson—physics
  • Alfred Gilman, Ferid Murad, & Barry Marshall—physiology or medicine
  • Ronald Coase & James M. Buchanan—economics
  • William Faulkner—literature
  • Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919

Two UVA undergrads have gone on to win the Turing Award for outstanding achievements in the field of computer science:

  • Edward M. Clarke
  • John Backus

Other UVA-connected faculty and alumni include:

  • Early American poet, pioneer of detective fiction, and virtuoso of the Gothic horror story form, Edgar Allan Poe
  • Arctic and Antarctic explorer, Richer E. Byrd
  • Painter, Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Former US poet laureate, Rita Dove
  • Novelist, Edward P. Jones
  • Comedienne, Tina Fey
  • Political analyst, Larry Sabato
  • Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian
  • Television personalities Brit Hume, Laura Ingraham, & Katie Couric
  • Civil Rights–activist, Julian Bond
  • no fewer than eight NASA astronauts

According to Wikipedia, The University of Virginia is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. It is the flagship university of Virginia and home to the Academical Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

University of Virginia Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual Applications Acceptance Graduation Rate Median SAT Score Median ACT Score
40,879 23% 94% 1430 32

How Much Does University of Virginia Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state) Fees (in-state)
$15,772 $3,123

How Much Do University of Virginia Graduates Make?

If you graduate from University of Virginia, then you can expect to earn an average of $79,400 per year. You also have a 92% chance of being employed after 10 years.

University of Virginia's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

Student Body Under-Grads Graduates
24,960 17,065 7,895

Where is University of Virginia?

University of Virginia is located at 1827 University Avenue, Charlottesville VA 22903-2628

How Safe is University of Virginia?

Charlottesville has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is University of Virginia Known For?

University of Virginia is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

University of Virginia's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are University of Virginia's Most Influential Alumni?

University of Virginia's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Law, Business, and Medical. Here are some of University of Virginia's most famous alumni:

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
An American author.
Ronald Coase
Ronald Coase
A British economist and author .
John Backus
John Backus
An American computer scientist.
William Faulkner
William Faulkner
An American writer .
Tom Regan
Tom Regan
An American philosopher.
Anselm Strauss
An American sociologist .
Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia O'Keeffe
An American artist .
Ferid Murad
Ferid Murad
An American physician and pharmacologist.
Allen Tate
Allen Tate
An American poet, essayist and social commentator.
Francis Collins
Francis Collins
An American geneticist and director of the National Institutes of Health.
William M. Bass
William M. Bass
An American forensic anthropologist, (1928 – ), Virginia, USA.
Walter Reed
Walter Reed
An American physician and medical researcher.