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University of Virginia

University of Virginia

University of Virginia

The University of Virginia (also The University, Mr. Jefferson’s University, or Virginia; often abbreviated as U.Va. or UVA) is a public research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson. Conceived by 1800 and established in 1819, it is the only university in the United States to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, an honor it shares with nearby Monticello.

The University is notable in U.S. history for being the first educational institution to offer academic programs in disciplines now common, such as astronomy and philosophy. Its School of Engineering and Applied Science was the first engineering school in the United States to be part of a comprehensive university. Officially, the University of Virginia is incorporated as The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia.

The early Board of Visitors was filled with former Presidents of the United States: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Although Jefferson undertook all planning of the University, the land underneath it was once a farm belonging to Monroe. His farmhouse was located on Monroe Hill, which today is the site of one of three undergraduate residential colleges.

The 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Virginia as the 2nd best public university (tied with UCLA) in the United States, and the overall 25th best university in the nation. The University is notable for having highly ranked programs including its law school (Ranked 10th), medical school (Ranked 25th for research, Ranked 39th for primary care) as well as strong undergraduate and graduate business schools (Ranked 5th and 13th respectively). The University is considered one of the eight original Public Ivies.

University of Virginia Rankings in 2010

University of Virginia Rankings in 2011

University of Virginia Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate Students 2010-11
  • Estimated Cost of Attendance for the academic year (2 semesters).
  • Used for federal, state and institutional aid eligibility.
  • Full-time enrollment (12+ credits each semester)
In-State Entering Virginian Returning Virginian
Tuition & Fees $10,836 10,636
Books & Supplies $1,167 $1,167
Room $4,660 $5,070
Board $3,930 $3,930
Personal Expenses $1,950 $2,270
Travel ($0 – $350) ($0 – $350)
TOTAL $22,543 + travel $23,073 + travel
Out-of-State Entering Non-Virginian Returning Non-Virginian
Tuition & Fees $33,782 $33,582
Books & Supplies $1,167 $1,167
Room $5,070 $5,070
Board $3,930 $3,930
Personal Expenses $2,270 $2,270
Travel ($608 – $1,518) ($608 – $1,518)
TOTAL $46,219 + travel $46,019 + travel
Notes: In addition to the above costs, students must pay a school-specific student activities fee, which varies from $8 to $85, depending on the school of enrollment.
Graduate Students 2010-11
  • Estimated Cost of Attendance for the academic year (2 semesters).
  • Used for federal, state and institutional aid eligibility.
  • Full-time enrollment (12+ credits each semester)
Virginian Non-Virginian
Tuition & Fees $13,880 $23,876
Books & Supplies $3,616 $3,616
Living Expenses $16,985 $16,985
TOTAL $34,481 $44,477
Notes: In addition to the above costs, students must pay a school-specific student activities fee, which varies from $8 to $85, depending on the school of enrollment.
Darden Students (MBA) 2010-11
  • Estimated Cost of Attendance for the academic year (2 semesters).
  • Used for federal, state and institutional aid eligibility.
  • Full-time enrollment (12+ credits each semester)
In-State Virginian Non-Virginian
Tuition & Fees $44,500 $49,500
Books & Supplies $5,916 $5,916
Computer $3,000 $0
Living Expenses $16,985 $16,985
TOTAL $70,401 $72,401
Notes: The Darden School student activity fee of $55 is included above.

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