A World Community


By 1895, the University had begun to draw students not just from the region, but from throughout the United States and all over the world. During the next 100 years, students from 16 different countries and all 50 states would call the Academical Village home.

Of course, the University draws the majority of its students from within the state, a fact that is reflected in the history of the Lawn and Range residents. Richmond, Virginia has sent 391 students here since 1895. Norfolk has sent 194; Alexandria, 152; Arlington, 147; and Roanoke, 110.

Large cities on the Eastern Seaboard also have a strong connection to the University: 86 Lawn and Range dwellers have hailed from New York City's five boroughs, 56 from Baltimore, and 55 from Washington, D.C.

Regional centers such as Memphis, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Pittsburgh are well represented. Generally, the states of Tennessee, Maryland, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania have strong ties with the University; North Carolina is not so well represented, perhaps because it has its own strong university system.

Western states are represented somewhat more sparsely. Imagine traveling from the small city of Butte, Montana, in 1944 by train to attend college in Charlottesville, as Harry L. Obertreis, who lived in East Lawn 38, did. Travel was no doubt more convenient for Dan W. Loose, East Range 32, who arrived from Farmington, Utah, in 1989.

Distance notwithstanding, there have been five students from Oregon, six from Oklahoma, and 10 each from Wisconsin and Washington State. Californians have long been coming East to college; as early as 1939, Charles W. Lyon Jr., of Balboa, California, lived in West Lawn 21.

Students from foreign countries began arriving as early as 1896. It was that year that Warren Horton Stuart traveled from Hong Chow, China, to live in West Range 51.

Over the years, students from Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cuba, France, Greece, India, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Panama, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey have lived among the Colonnades, transforming the Academical Village into an international gathering place.

Editor's Note: In performing this analysis, we examined 4,515 available records for the years 1895-1995. (Those who listed their hometown as Charlottesville were not included, as many such students were in fact from other towns.) The total number of residents to have lived on the Lawn during that time is about 11,200.