College Cliffs Featured School: University of Virginia

University of Virginia logoThe flagship university for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the University of Virginia is a public research university established in 1819. UVA was founded by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Up to this day, it is notable for its historically significant foundations, honor codes, as well as “secret societies”.

At UVA, students in the Undergraduate and Graduate levels can pick from the academe’s:

  • 48 Bachelor’s Degrees
  • 82 Master’s Degrees
  • 55 Doctoral Degrees
  • 6 Educational Specialist Degrees
  • 2 First-professional Degrees in Medicine and Law

Within the enrollment period 2016 to 2017, UVA has had 15,891 undergraduate and 6,500 graduate students. At the time, the campus was home to nearly 22,500 students. There are no more than 50 students attending over 85% of UVA’s undergraduate courses, while 54% of the same have less than 20 students. To date, UVA has not awarded anyone with an honorary degree.

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UVA also offers International Students and Scholars Program, which is overseen by the International Studies Office (ISO). The Program aims to create “globally aware, culturally diverse education and research environment” for UVA students.

Continuing and Executive Education Programs are also offered by UVA through the School of Continuing & Professional Studies. Continuing Education courses are offered through McIntire School of Commerce and Darden School of Business. Certifications are also offered through the Curry School of Education and the School of Nursing. The McIntire School of Commerce offers online and accelerated master’s programs.

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation is awarded to a qualified high school student who is nominated by their high school and passes numerous tests. About 3% of the nominees are awarded the Scholarship and become UVA students.

Academic Excellence

As a flagship academe, UVA is a pride of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its accolades, awards, and rankings include:

  • 3rd Best Public National University, 3rd Best Value Public University, and 25th Best National University, ranked in a 2018 U.S. News & World Report
  • 7th Best Public College, ranked by 2018 Money Magazine
  • 3rd Best Public College Value, ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in 2018
  • 2nd  place among public universities and 5th overall for UVA’s undergraduate business program McIntire School of Commerce, as ranked by Bloomberg Business Week in 2016
  • 36th in 2017 non-traditional public service and social mobility ranking by Washington Monthly
  • 9th overall and 1st among public universities in 2016 professional workforce preparation, as ranked by Business Insider
  • named the public university with the highest African-American graduation rate in 2005 by Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

UVA Trivia

The University of Virginia is America’s “first collegiate World Heritage Site” as UNESCO designated by UNESCO in 1987, along with Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s homestead nearby.

Originally, UVA’s Board of Visitors were presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and James Madison. It was Jefferson that designed UVA’s original study courses. UVA’s Academical Village is of Jeffersonian Architecture.