About UVA and 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.

Currently at the University of Virginia there are approximately 13,700 undergraduates, 4900 graduate students, and 1,700 students in either medical or law school. Admission is highly selective with approximately 40% of entering students coming from out-of-state or internationally. In 2008, students came from 48 states and 116 different countries.

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. In the 20-year history of the rankings, UVA has never dropped out of the Top 25 listing, and in the ten years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, UVA has ranked in the top five.

Living in Charlottesville

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.