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Facts about UVa

The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are well prepared to help shape the future of the nation. Nourished by the strong support of its alumni, the University is a public, selective school; the students who come here have been chosen because they show the exceptional promise Jefferson envisioned.

U.S. News & World Report Rankings:
America’s Best Colleges

Since U.S. News began a separate listing of the top 50 public universities, UVa has never been ranked lower than No. 3.

University of Virginia, for 2014-2015
3rd Best Top Public School
6th Best Undergraduate Business Programs
26th Best National University

Princeton Review:
Best Value Ranking of Public Universities

UVa ranked number 1 among “Best Value” Public Colleges and Universities in 2015.


  • Undergraduate 15,405
  • Graduate 6,395
  • Total on Grounds 21,800
  • 68% Virginian
  • 32% non-Virginian
  • 55% female
  • 45% male
Undergraduate Student Body
  • 61% White
  • 12% Asian American
  • 6% African American
  • 5% Race/ethnicity unknown
  • 5% International (non-resident alien)
  • 6% Hispanic American
  • 5% Multiple races
  • <1% Native American
  • <1% Native Hawaian or other Pacific Islander

*Based on definitions of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Undergraduates come from 50 states and 117 foreign countries.
Student-to-faculty ratio is 16 to 1.

Class Profile

Statistics for the first-year class entering in 2015
Applications: 30,848
Offers of admission: 9,194
Incoming class size: 7,717
High-school rank of enrolled students
Top tenth 89%
Mid 50% range for SAT scores
CR: 620-720  Math: 630-740  Writing: 620-720
Mid 50% range for ACT composite scores
ACT 29-33


Our 94% six-year graduation rate is recognized as the best in public higher education.

For the 20th straight year, UVa’s African-American graduation rate was the highest among those at all public universities in the nation, according to the annual compilation published by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.


The University of Virginia is a need-blind institution. Aid at the University is administered by Student Financial Services in a process that runs parallel to but separate from the admission process. Please visit the Financial Aid website at www.sfs.virginia.edu and www.accessUVa.virginia.edu to learn more about UVa’s financial aid program designed to make higher education affordable and also limit debt.

Tuition and Costs 2015

Tuition and fees: $14,678
Room and board: $10,400
Personal expenses: $2,340
Total: $28,562

Tuition and fees: $43,974
Room and board: $10,400
Personal Expenses: $2,340
Total: $57,858

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