University of Virginia

Founded by Thomas Jefferson and located in the heart of downtown Charlottesville, the University of Virginia sits on over 1600 beautiful acres. Across from the UVA gates, the commercial area known as “The Corner” serves as the schools unofficial college town with tons of restaurants, bars and shops. Continuing down Main Street, you arrive at the pedestrian area known as The Mall. Here at UVA no one ever says campus, it’s the “Grounds”, and you’re never a freshman, but a first year.

Visitor Information: Tour UVA

Stay: The official hotel of UVA, the Boars Head Inn. is set on over 500 acres, yet less than 3 miles from the University. Hyatt Place Charlottesville is just 2 miles from campus and is part of a new shopping mall complex. A Relais and Chateaux property, The Clifton Inn, 15-20 minutes away, is a Southern style mansion set on 100 acres with a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Parents love staying at The Graduate Charlottesville.

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 is worth ordering!

Breakfast: For Corner breakfast staples, head to Bodos Bagels and Pigeon Hole. On the way to the Mall, you'll find Blue Moon Diner. Try the Huevos Bluemooños or the homemade granola. Five minutes away, in Belmont, is La Taza where you can "build your own" breakfast sandwich. For fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits head to Commonwealth on the weekends for brunch on Sundays. Other good brunch options are Bluegrass Bakery and  Oakhart Social.

Lunch: Brave the crowds at either Take It Away or Mellow Mushroom - both on Corner.  If you feel like BBQ, head over to Ace Biscuit and BBQ.  Cville's only whole animal butcher shop, Stock Provisions is a great choice for amazing sandwiches. The Tel Aviv salad at Basil is a sure bet if you are looking for a healthy lunch option.



Casual: It’s a debate over who has the best burgers - Citizen Burger or the Virginian (although 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 Ten Sushi or Kokoro. Old fashion favorites like meat loaf and potpie meet eclectic Southern fare at popular Bizou.


A Step Up: Have some cocktails and French inspired shared plates at the casual but sophisticated Alley Light. C&O has been a Charlottesville staple since opening its doors in 1976. Parallel 38 serves up contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. The roasted pork belly is not to be missed. Mas Tapas is a buzzy, lively Spanish tapas restaurant housed in an industrial cool setting.

Late Night Snack: Students line up for dumplings at Marco and Luca Dumpling Store open late on Fridays. Tucked away with a nice ambiance, head to Arch's for good FroYo.

Local Attractions: Visit Monticello, the plantation home of Thomas Jefferson. Spend some time exploring the beautiful grounds while learning more about our third President. 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.


I love that there is a tight sense of a college community on grounds and within the student body, but when one ventures away from grounds, there is no divide between the university and local communities. Charlottesville itself has its own charm, in a different but equally special way as UVA. Cville is a super unique pocket of Virginia that has art, food, and music that makes me feel like I’m in a much bigger 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.
— 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 really 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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