University of Virginia
1827 University Ave.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 982-3200
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 to educate leaders in practical affairs and public service. The institution was the first nonsectarian university in the United States and the first to use the elective course system. U.S News & World Report’s 2012 “Best Colleges” list ranks the University of Virginia No. 25 in National Universities, No. 2 in Top Public Schools, and No. 5 in Best Undergraduate Business Programs. The university includes a prominent Greek life with 30% of the student body in a sorority or fraternity. Notable alumni include national news anchor Katie Couric and former U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy. Writer Edgar Allen Poe attended the University of Virginia, but was forced to leave when he was not able to pay tuition. The University of Virginia has produced 45 Rhodes Scholars, the most from a public university.

Programs Offered

According to its website, the University of Virginia sustains Thomas Jefferson’s vision of developing well-prepared leaders to help shape the future of the nation. The university is composed of 11 schools and the College at Wise in southwest Virginia. These schools offer 51 bachelor’s degrees in 47 fields, 84 master’s degrees in 67 fields, and 57 doctoral degrees in 55 fields. Fields of study include architectural history, bioethics, foreign affairs, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, public policy, clinical psychology, aerospace engineering, biochemistry and molecular genetics, cell biology, physiology, and nursing. The University of Virginia formed the Undergraduate Research Network (URN) in 2001 to encourage student-initiated research projects and publicize funding opportunities.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited the University of Virginia since July 1904. The University of Virginia has also been accredited by specific agencies, including the American Bar Association since July 1923, the American Psychological Association since October 1988, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since July 1973, the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education since November 2000, the Council on Education for Public Health since June 2006, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education since July 1942, and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council since March 2001.


Undergraduate admissions to the University of Virginia requires a completed application, a secondary school transcript, results from the SAT or ACT (results from two SAT II Subject Tests are strongly recommended), and a high school guidance counselor recommendation. The deadline for all first-year candidates is January 2. Graduate applicant requirements and deadlines vary depending on the departmental program.

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