Parents & Families

Excellence Here Goes Everywhere

A University of Virginia degree is one of the best values in higher education and the beginning of great possibilities. UVA is consistently ranked among the best public universities in the nation, providing a world-class education and a vibrant student community. As the only educational institution designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the University and its Grounds offer a life-changing experience that truly could only happen here.

Students at the University have the close support and mentorship of the highest-caliber faculty and staff, who are dedicated to each student’s well-being and success. UVA students recognize the value in others and collaborate to achieve more than they could on their own. Our culture of student self-governance instills confidence, responsibility, initiative and service – traits that translate well to personal satisfaction and career goals. Incoming students join a vibrant, increasingly diverse community with over 700 student organizations. This is a place for uniquely talented individuals to explore and grow.

Once students graduate from UVA, which has the highest graduation rate among public universities in the country, they become part of a worldwide network of engaged, successful alumni, nearly a quarter-million strong. When UVA grads look back on their time on Grounds as perhaps the best of their lives so far, they can look forward to greater opportunities and a lifelong connection to this iconic institution. Go, Hoos!

By the Numbers

Leadership, Service and Mentorship

Creating Leaders
Creating Leaders
Students at UVA participate in a variety of forms of self-governance—from the Honor Committee, to the Judiciary Committee, to Student Council and beyond.
Dedicated To Service
Dedicated To Service
Volunteering is an enormous part of UVA culture. Each year, students log a collective 100,000+ service hours.
Faculty Involvement
Faculty Involvement
At UVA, faculty members engage with students beyond the classroom, offering frequent and time-honored opportunities for collaboration, discussion and exchange.

Access and Affordability

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 need—a commitment that goes back to the reasons we were founded. For more information on affordability and financial aid at UVA, go to Affording UVA.

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