UVA campusUniversity of Virginia (UVA) is located in Charlottesville, in a suburban setting on around 1,600 acres of land. Founded in 1819, Thomas Jefferson’s influence is still seen today in many traditions on campus. Each grade of students are referred to by first, second, third, fourth years because Jefferson wanted to demonstrate the idea that learning is a lifelong process – not something that can be completed in just four years. Other lingo includes the campus as ‘grounds’ and the quad as ‘the lawn.’ UVA caters to over 16,000 undergraduate and 7,500 graduate students. Graduate students can enroll in well-known programs through the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, the Curry School of Education, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Law.

UVA offers 51 majors. The most popular are economics; psychology; business/commerce; biology/biological studies; and international relations and affairs. The student to faculty ratio is just under 15 to 1, and 55% of the classes have fewer than 20 students.

University of VirginiaA significant aspect to life at University of Virginia is the presence of societies on campus. The Jefferson Literary and Debating Society was established in 1825, and is the second oldest Greek organization in the country. They continue to meet once a week. Another group is the Washington Literary Society and Debating Union which engages in a rivalry with the previously mentioned society. There are also several secret societies, including the Seven Society, Z Society, and IMP Society. These group’s activities are normally kept fairly hidden from outsiders.

There are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved in social settings. Greek life is pretty active at UVA, with about 24% of men associated with a fraternity and 28% of women with a sorority. Many student activities take place in Newcomb Hall, which is where the Student Activities Center (SAC) and Media Activities Center (MAC) are located. The student-run organizations on campus are governed by Student Council (or StudCo).

UVA studentsMany UVA students participate in community service. Groups offer services like tutoring and housing improvement, and organizations like ‘Hoos Against Hunger donates food to homeless individuals. The school also sends many students into the Peace Corps after graduation. Students can also take part in the publication of The Declaration, The Cavalier Daily, and the Consortium of University Publications. Students on campus are dedicated to fitness, as more than 94% of students utilize one of the four indoor athletic facilities.

University of Virginia students compete as the Cavaliers (unofficially known as the Wahoos or ‘Hoos) in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference (Football Bowl Subdivision). Other successful teams include men’s lacrosse, soccer, boxing, and tennis and women’s lacrosse, rowing, and cross country. There are plenty of opportunities for students to excel in and outside the classroom at UVA. Students interested in a campus filled with traditions and challenging academics will enjoy what the school has to offer.


Acceptance Rate

UVA acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

UVA average GPA and top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

UVA SAT score

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2018 (Class of 2022) applicants: 37,205
Enrolled: 3,788
Yield: 38%
In-state acceptance rate: 39.1%
Out-of-state acceptance rate: 21.9%
2018 acceptance rate (overall): 26.5%

Early Action Admissions
Number of 2018 (Class of 2022) Early Action applicants: 21,400
Early applicants admitted: 5,892
Early action acceptance rate: 28.8%

Transfer Admissions
Transfer applicants: 2,591
Transfer applicants admitted: 1,028
Transfer acceptance rate: 39.7%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 3,615
Admitted off waitlist: 117
Acceptance rate: 3.2%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 4.27
Top 10% of High School: 88%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 660-740
SAT Math: 650-760

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 29-33
ACT English: 30-35
ACT Math: 28-33

Standardized Test Requirements

UVA requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT required

UVA does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

UVA recommends the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests recommended

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 88.3%
5 years: 93.7%
6 years: 94.6%

Transferred to another school: 3%

Loan default rate: 1.3%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 53

Salary after attending: $61,200

R&D Expenditures: $469.7 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 17
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 7
Burglaries: 22
Car thefts: 3

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

UVA financial aid

Average In State Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

In-state tuition, room and board (2018-2019): $25,272

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2018-2019)
In-state: $29,594
Out-of-state: $61,736

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $16,594

By income
$0 to $30,000: $9,526
$30,001 to $48,000: $9,809
$48,001 to $75,000: $14,335
$75,001 to $110,000: $22,099
$110,001 and more: $29,044

Graduates with student debt: 35%

Average student debt at graduation: $24,501

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

University of Virginia undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Population

University of Virginia student population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1

Women: 55%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 54%
20 to 39: 25%
40 to 99: 15%
100+: 6%

Student Population
Total: 24,360
Undergraduate: 16,655

Student Residence
In State: 66%
Out of State: 29%
International: 5%


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This page was last updated in November 2018.