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 roughly 17,000 undergraduate and 8,000 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 73 majors and minors. The most popular are economics; psychology; business/commerce; biology/biological studies; and international relations and affairs. The student to faculty ratio is about 14 to 1, and 53% 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 31% of men associated with a fraternity and 31% 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 2021 (Class of 2025) applicants: 47,827
Enrolled: 3,918
Yield: 40.1%
Acceptance rate: 20.5%

In-state acceptance rate: 32.5%
Out-of-state acceptance rate: 15.4%

Note: Only the application volume has been updated for the 2021 admission season.

Early Action Admissions
Number of 2021 (Class of 2025) early action applicants: 28,884
Early applicants admitted: 5,220
Early action acceptance rate: 20.7%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2021 (Class of 2025) early decision applicants: 3,750
Early applicants admitted: 968
Early action acceptance rate: 25.8%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 2,907
Transfer applicants admitted: 1,080
Transfer acceptance rate: 37.2%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 2,969
Admitted off waitlist: 8
Waitlist acceptance rate: 0.3%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 4.32
Top 10% of High School: 90.2%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1340-1500
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 670-740
SAT Math: 670-780

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 30-34
ACT English: 31-35
ACT Math: 28-34

Standardized Test Requirements

UVA does not requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

UVA does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

UVA does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 89.2%
5 years: 94.1%
6 years: 94.6%

Transferred to another school: 3%

Loan default rate: 1.6%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 55

Salary after attending: $61,200

R&D Expenditures: $469.7 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 18
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 6
Burglaries: 9
Car thefts: 4

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 (2020-2021): $26,538

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-2021)
In-state: $34,080
Out-of-state: $69,320

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $17,579

By income
$0 to $30,000: $8,882
$30,001 to $48,000: $11,696
$48,001 to $75,000: $14,671
$75,001 to $110,000: $21,646
$110,001 and more: $29,877

Graduates with student debt: 32.5%

Average student debt at graduation: $26,023

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: 14.4 to 1

Women: 55%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 53%
20 to 39: 25%
40 to 99: 15%
100+: 7%

Student Population
Total: 25,018
Undergraduate: 17,011

Student Residence
In State: 65%
Out of State: 31%
International: 4%


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This page was last updated in February 2021.