About the University of Virginia
Founded in Charlottesville by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing, through education, women and men who are well prepared to help shape the future of the nation. In the 2013 US News & World Report rankings of national universities, the University of Virginia is ranked second among the nation's top public universities. (In the 12 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2.) U.Va. continues to place in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.
The University of Virginia is made up of eleven schools in Charlottesville, plus the College at Wise in southwest Virginia. U.Va. offers 51 bachelor's degrees in 47 fields, 81 master's degrees in 65 fields, six educational specialist degrees, two first-professional degrees (law and medicine), and 57 doctoral degrees in 55 fields. The University enrolls 14,641 undergraduate, and 6,454 graduate and first-professional students on-Grounds, and 2,812 students in off-Grounds centers; employs 2,232 FTE permanent instructional and research faculty and 11,486 FTE permanent other staff; operates a 604 bed - tertiary care teaching hospital; and, has an annual operating budget in excess of $2.5 billion.