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. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2011 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 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 rank 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, 84 master's degrees in 67 fields, six educational specialist degrees, two first-professional degrees (law and medicine), and 57 doctoral degrees in 55 fields. The University enrolls 13,762 undergraduate, more than 6,600 graduate and first-professional students, and 666 continuing and professional studies students; employs 2,171 FTE faculty and 10,230 full-time other staff; operates a 600 bed - growing to 725 by 2011 - tertiary care teaching hospital; and, has an annual operating budget in excess of $2.2 billion.