University of Virginia

Founded by Thomas Jefferson and located in the heart of downtown Charlottesville, the University of Virginia is set on 1600 beautiful acres, two hours south of the nation’s capital. UVA is consistently ranked amongst our country’s top public universities and is the flagship for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Across from the UVA gates, the commercial area known as “The Corner” serves as the school’s unofficial college town with tons of restaurants, bars, and shops spanning seven blocks on University Avenue. In downtown Charlottesville, approximately a mile away, you’ll arrive at the pedestrian area known as The Mall with even more shops, restaurants and performance venues. Note, at UVA no one ever says campus, it’s the “Grounds,” and you’re never a freshman, but a first year. 


Stay: The Graduate |  Breakfast: Bodos Bagels

Lunch: Ace Biscuit & BBQ  | Dinner: C & O

Visitor Information: Tour UVA

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Transportation: The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport is located approximately eight miles from the University, and the Charlottesville Amtrak Station is just two miles from campus. Visitors should park at the Central Grounds Parking Garage and use the following GPS address, 400 Emmet Street South, Charlottesville. 

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School Spirit: Wahoos, or Hoos for short, is an unofficial nickname for sports teams of the University of Virginia, officially referred to as the Cavaliers. The terms are both also used by students and alumni to refer to themselves as fans and alumni of the University.

Stay:  For a convenient and enjoyable stay we suggest The Graduate Charlottesville, located across from the Grounds on historic Main Street overlooking the Corner. Graduate Hotels are well-curated boutique properties in university towns across the country designed with a collegiate spirit, perfect when you’re touring or during Parents Weekends. UVA has two hotels located right on Grounds, the Inn at Darden and the Cavalier Inn. Owned and operated by UVA, the Boar's Head Inn is set on over 500 acres, less than 3 miles from the University. There is a golf course and full spa for those who prefer a resort like setting. Another nearby option, the Hyatt Place Charlottesville is just 2 miles from campus, part of a new shopping mall complex.

Coffee: Corner Joe’s and Café Caturra are both in the Corner and popular morning spots for UVA students. Students say the chai latte at Grit Coffee gets them going before class! Over on the Downtown Mall, students congregate at Mudhouse Coffee.

Breakfast: You can’t visit UVA without a stop at Bodos Bagels, a beloved institution in Charlottesville, serving over 6,000 bagels every day to students and locals alike. (There are three locations, with one right in the Corner.) For another Corner staple head to Pigeon Hole. Five minutes away, in Belmont, La Taza specializes in dishes with a Latin flair, students love their "build your own" breakfast sandwiches. In town on the weekend, savor delicious fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits at Commonwealth for brunch. Other popular brunch spots include Hamilton’s, and Bluegrass Bakery.  


Lunch: Brave the crowds at the sandwich shop, Take It Away or at pizzeria Mellow Mushroom, both in the Corner.  If you’re in the mood for BBQ and down-home Southern cooking, you can’t beat chef Brian Ashworth’s  Ace Biscuit and BBQ.  C'ville's only whole animal butcher shop, Stock Provisions is an excellent choice for amazing sandwiches. Feast, a seasonal market and café is ideal for a quick grab and go.



Casual: It’s a debate over who has the best burgers - Citizen Burger or the Virginian (We hear the Mac and Cheese at The Virginian is epic.)  Serving locally sourced food, The Local offers diners a delicious farm to table experience. Located in the Boars Head Inn, Bistro 1834 serves a nice assortment of appetizers, sandwiches, and the UVA cocktail - the Wahoo Martini. Sushi lovers will be happy at sleek, minimalist Ten Sushi. Old fashion favorites like meatloaf and potpie meet eclectic Southern fare at popular Bizou. Channeling hipster urban spots in Chicago or Brooklyn,  Oakhart Social has a winning combination of great food and cocktails and a cool vibe. In nearby Belmont, two Italian restaurants have been the talk of the town: Lampo, a tiny 21-seater known for outstanding Neapolitan pizza and Tavola where the homemade pasta has locals sipping cocktails at the Cicchetti Bar while waiting for a table.


A Step Up: Enjoy cocktails and French-inspired shared plates at the casual but sophisticated Alley Light. C&O has been a big part of the Charlottesville community since opening its doors in 1976. Start with their famous vegetable soup before moving on to more substantial entrees.  Parallel 38 dishes up contemporary Mediterranean cuisine; make a meal of the small plates and mezes--the roasted pork belly is a must order. It’s always a party at Mas Tapas, a buzzy, lively Spanish tapas restaurant housed in a hip industrial setting. For a fancy night out, fine dining The Ivy Ivy is a wonderful place for a celebration.

Late Night Snack: Students line up for dumplings at Marco and Luca Dumpling Store open late on Fridays. Indulge your sweet tooth at Arch's for good FroYo.

Local Attractions: History buffs allow time for a visit to Monticello, the plantation home of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville’s most famous resident. Explore the beautiful grounds while learning more about our third President. Continue your history lesson at Ash Lawn- Highland, home to President James Monroe. Take a leisurely drive through Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park, stretching for 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Skyline Drive is the only public road through the 200,000-acre park—its spectacularly scenic. Humpback Rock is a popular hike on the Northern section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Be warned this is a hard, steep hike, but at the end of the trail, you will be rewarded with great views overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. (To help you navigate the trail click here.) There are more than 30 orchards, vineyards and breweries in the area, see the best way to experience a day on the Monticello trail with our specialized itinerary.

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Fun Facts: Why Charlottesville? In 2014, the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America.” Travelers Today named it #1 best college town in America stating: “Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, does the best job of combining traditional metropolitan interests with the interests of the students who frequent it. The result is a harmonious whole, balancing the resources of an urban area with the desires of the students who live there. Charlottesville has it all, a place any college student would be proud to call home.”In 2016 Gallup ranked it NO. 5 for Community Well-Being and Best-selling ‘Blue Zones’ author just ranked Charlottesville Va. #3 on his list of the 25 happiest cities in the U.S. 

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Related Reads: Want to know just how beloved Bodo’s is, read how this alum raves about his favorite bagels, claiming they are the best in the world! 

— Why Hoo’s Love to Call Charlottesville Home —

— Quotes From Campus —

I love that there is a tight sense of community on grounds and within the student body, but when one ventures off campus there is no divide between the university and the local community. Charlottesville has tons of charm, in a different but equally special way as UVA. C’ville is a unique pocket of Virginia with wonderful art, food, and music, equal to life in a big city.
— Katie
UVA is the perfect place to me. There is always so much going on, great people to meet, and a community that really sticks together. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Hills there are a plethora of outdoor activities.
— Ashton
UVA gets the reputation for being extremely preppy when in reality it really isn’t. Girls generally wear Nike shorts, sneakers, and over-sized t-shirts to class. The only time people get dressed up is for football games. Don’t let that stigma deter you.
— Mary






School Colors

Navy Blue & Orange

Acceptance Rate

29.00% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Action








Admissions Office

Box 400160
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4160

(p) (434) 982-3200
(f) (434) 924-3587

Gregory Roberts, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Robert F. Kennedy
Tina Fey
Sarah Drew

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