The University of Virginia, commonly referred to as UVA, is a public research university located on a 1,682 acre suburban campus in Charlottesville, VA and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. UVA was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. Jefferson, who is known as the father of the university was UVA’s first president, and served on the universities original governing board, which was known as the Board of Visitors, along with James Monroe and James Madison.
Plans for the creation of UVA began in 1800, when Thomas Jefferson, who was then vice president of the United States, had a desire to establish a modern, liberal university in Virginia. The land that UVA was built on was purchased in 1817 from James Monroe, who at the time was beginning his first term as president of the United States. Under the guidance of Thomas Jefferson, construction of UVA’s first building began in 1817, and in January of 1819, the Commonwealth of Virginia chartered the University of Virginia. UVA’s first classes began in March of 1825. At the time of UVA’s beginning, other universities only offered specializations in the fields of law, religion and medicine, and under the direction of Jefferson, UVA became the first university in the country to offer specializations in diverse areas that included architecture, astronomy, philosophy, botany and political science. Jefferson believed that religious doctrine and higher education should be completely separate and he banned the teaching of religion at UVA, although the university did construct a non-denominational chapel in 1890, and presently has a strong religious studies department. Until his death, Thomas Jefferson remained intimately involved with UVA and would host Sunday dinners at his home for students and faculty. He considered his involvement with the founding of UVA to be one of his greatest accomplishments. James Madison, the nation’s fourth president became Rector of the university in 1826, and in the same year, James Monroe, America’s fifth president, established his home at Monroe Hill on the grounds of UVA, and served a Board of Visitors member. Both men remained at UVA, until their deaths, which occurred in the 1830’s.
Over 15,000 students are currently enrolled at UVA. Admission is very competitive, and typically, only 33 percent of students applying to UVA are accepted. Over 90% of applicants admitted to the university ranked in the top 10% of their high school classes. UVA produces more Rhodes Scholars than any of the country’s other state supported institutions, and has produced 48 Rhodes Scholars to date. UVA students benefit from a unique learning environment that combines a close knit campus environment, typical of a small liberal arts college, with the educational resources of a large research university and provides a challenging education.
UVA offers 51 bachelors, 81 masters and 57 doctoral degrees, as well as six educational specialist and two professional degrees. The university’s schools and colleges include:
- College of Arts & Sciences
- School of Architecture
- McIntire School of Commerce
- Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
- Curry School of Education
- School of Continuing and Professional Studies
- School of Law
- School of Engineering and Applied Science
- School of Nursing
- School of Medicine
- College at Wise
- Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
The University of Virginia Health System, composed of university’s School of Medicine, Medical Center, School of Nursing and Claude Moore Health Services Library, is well known for being a medical teaching facility that not only educates health care professionals, but also provides superior care to patients and conducts innovative research. The UVA Health System is accredited by the Joint Commission. Treatment is offered at UVA’s nine medical centers that include the following:
- Children’s Medical Center
- Emergency Medicine
- The Cancer Center
- Digestive Health Center of Excellence
- The Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center
- The Heart Center
- The Neurosciences Service Center
- The Musculoskeletal Service Center
- The Women’s Place
- The Psychiatry Service Center
The annual cost of attending UVA as an in state undergraduate student is between $23,984-$24,104, and $48,988-$49,098 for out of state undergraduate students. The annual cost of attendance for graduate students is $35,016 for Virginia residents and $45,012 for Virginia residents. An estimated 33 percent of UVA students receive financial aid.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:7,488
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