About UVA & Charlottesville

Thomas Jefferson set to work on building plans for the University of Virginia that would mirror his philosophical vision. For Jefferson, the college experience should take place within an “academical village,” a place where shared learning infused daily life. Plans were developed for ten Pavilions, stately faculty homes with living quarters upstairs and classrooms downstairs, attached to two rows of student rooms and connected by an inward-facing colonnade. Each Pavilion was identified with a subject to be studied and inhabited by the professor who taught that subject.

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Currently, at the University of Virginia, there are approximately 18,000 undergraduates, 7,860 graduate students, and 1,700 students in either medical or law school. Admissions is highly selective with an undergraduate acceptance rate of 22.6% in 2020.

In the annual U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of best colleges, the University of Virginia continues to hold its own and consistently ranks as one of the five best public universities in the country. UVA continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public or private.


  • UVA Cancer Center is designated as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. As one of 52 NCI designated cancer programs in the nation, and the only one in Virginia, UVA is a leader in cancer treatments and research.
  • The 2022-23 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” guide rates University of Virginia Medical Center as the #1 Children’s Hospital, and #2 Medical Center in Virginia. UVA was also designated as “High Performing” in 6 specialties, and 14 conditions/procedures.

Living in Charlottesville

A photo of the historic Settled in the 18th century on a hill overlooking the Rivanna River, Charlottesville was named in honor of Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III. The scenic Blue Ridge Mountains serve as a backdrop to the city, 110 miles from Washington, D.C. and 70 miles from the state capitol, Richmond.

There’s something here for everyone. While you are visiting, interviewing, or moving and settling in, we hope you’ll explore the many attractions and services of the area.

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