University of Virginia

University of Virginia Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the University of Virginia is a highly-ranked public university that offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is the University of Virginia the School for You?

The University of Virginia (UVA) traces its concept in architecture, subject matter and philosophy back to Thomas Jefferson. From its beginnings in 1819, the university has grown to incorporate several key Jeffersonian principles of education, which now define state universities across the nation. Among these concepts are a lack of ties to any religious organization, availability of graduate and professional programs, high faculty standards, intellectual freedom and presence of a student government. This school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in a number of areas, such as computer science, economics, biotechnology, communications, political science, statistics and biology.


  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the second best public school in the country
  • Graduation rate is 47 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Student debt following graduation is $20,951, which is lower than the national average debt of $26,660
  • Endowment grew by 28.4% between 2010 and 2011


  • Located more than 50 miles from a major airport
  • Acceptance rate of 33% is significantly lower than the national average of 65.5%

Rankings & School Analysis

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Virginia at #2 among public schools. It also named UVA one of the top 25 national universities in its Best Colleges 2013 edition, and several of its undergraduate degree programs were ranked within the top ten, including business, finance and marketing. Kiplinger has consistently named UVA one of the best values among public colleges; in 2013, UVA was ranked in second place.

The retention rate for this university suggests that most students are satisfied with their choice to attend. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 91% of full-time students who began their studies in 2010 returned in 2011. The university also has a graduation rate of 87% for students who began their degree programs in 2005 and graduated in 2009. This is significantly higher than the national average of 40%.

The University of Virginia is comprised of various colleges and schools: the College of Arts and Letters, College of Visual and Performing Arts, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Integrated Science and Technology, College of Business, College of Education and the Graduate School. Students have ample variety in academic options. Popular majors at the university include economics, business, history and psychology.

Between 2010 and 2011, donor generosity to the university increased, resulting in a 28% jump in its endowment, as reported by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. This could reach students in the form of additional programs, activities and other opportunities.

Getting In & Financial Aid at University of Virginia

The University of Virginia accepts applications from high school students and from transfer students who attended accredited institutions. Transfer candidates must apply by March for fall semester or November for spring semester. Spring semester enrollment is available only for the College of Arts and Sciences. Transfer students must also provide college transcripts. High school students who applied by the regular application deadline of January 1, 2013, should hear back from the school by April 1, 2013. Admission is very competitive, and only slightly over 30% of applicants for the 2011 entering class were accepted. Applicants have a better chance of admission if they have completed a rigorous college preparatory curriculum in high school.

About a third of full-time undergraduate students received need-based financial aid during the 2010-2011 school year. Financial aid may take the form of athletic grants, scholarships, work-study funds and need-based grants. Most student aid is need-based, but academic achievement and intellectual ability is expected of applicants and students at the University of Virginia. A few scholarship programs include the Jefferson Scholars Program, Alumni Fund Scholarships, University Achievement Award and Jerome Holland Scholarship. Students who are interested in grants, work study or loans can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) January 1**
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) March 1**
Admission Notification Date (2013) April 1****
Application Fee (2013) $60*
Acceptance Rate (2011) 33%*
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $11,786 for state residents, $36,780 for non-residents*
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 29%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $21,591****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 2.3%*

Life at the University of Virginia

First-year students at the University of Virginia usually must live on campus. The university has dormitories, apartments, language houses and residential colleges. Additionally, students who join sororities or fraternities can opt to move in with their brothers or sisters in Greek housing.

There are several hundred student organizations at UVA. The university also fields 11 men's and 12 women's varsity athletic teams.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Small city*
Student Population (2011) 15,762 undergraduate students, 8,535 graduate students*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 45% to 55%*
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 94%*
% of In-State Students (Fall 2010) 67%*
% of International Students (Fall 2010) 7%*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 97% of full-time students, 100% of part-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 43%***
Extracurricular Activities More than 500 student clubs and organizations***

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, **University of Virginia, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: P.O. Box 400160, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
  • Phone: 434-982-3200