For Parents

Welcome to the University of Virginia.  UVA has a long history of educating leaders, and a UVA degree is a proven investment in the future. Our outstanding rankings consistently attest to the high quality of academics, the caliber of students' experience and the lifetime of opportunities a UVA degree offers. As a student at the University, your son or daughter will have the close support and mentorship of the top faculty in their fields.

They will be part of a unique student population that governs itself, gaining a lasting sense of responsibility and initiative.  Best of all, when UVA students graduate they have access to a nearly quarter-million-strong network of engaged UVA alumni across the globe.

Exceptional by Design

Thomas Jefferson designed the Academical Village to support a close-knit community and a highly accessible faculty.

This revolutionary model—designed to foster discussion and interaction between students and the best academic minds of the day—has not changed. Our professors make a point of meeting with students outside of class, whether to grab coffee, meet for informal discussion and guidance or to have dinner with their own families.

With small class sizes (half our classes have less than 20 students), students receive a world-class education in a challenging yet supporting environment. From their first year onward, they will have access to career advising, professional opportunities and internships that pave the way to strong, successful careers.

Ensuring an Excellent Education is Affordable

We were founded as a public university, open to all who have the talent and ability to move society forward. For that reason, we are committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for every admitted student. In fact, UVA is one of only two public universities in the nation to offer both a need-blind admission process and a commitment to cover 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial needa commitment that goes back to the reasons we were founded. For more information on affordability and financial aid at UVA, go to Affording UVA.