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The University of Virginia In 2001-2002


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U.S. News & World Report


The University is ranked the nation's number two public university and twenty-first among all national universities.

Five schools at the University are ranked in the top twenty:

Architecture 6th
Law 7th
Commerce 8th
Darden 15th
Curry 19th

For the second consecutive year, the University's College at Wise has been ranked the number two public college in the South and is ranked third among liberal arts colleges whose graduates complete their degrees while incurring the least amount of student debt.


The University of Virginia has the highest retention and graduation rate of any public institution and is ninth overall. No other public university is ranked in the top fifteen.

In the U.S. News listing of "great schools at great prices," the University of Virginia and the University of Missouri-Columbia are the top-ranked public universities, tied at eighth overall with Dartmouth and MIT.

These medical specialties at the University were ranked by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals Guide," published July 2001.

Endocrinology 6th
Cancer 22nd
Otolaryngology 22nd
Urology 23rd
Neurology and
neurosurgery 29th
Pulmonary medicine 34th
Geriatrics 49th
Nephrology 49th


The University Medical Center was ranked for the third year in a row as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country by Solucient, a health information and benchmarking company.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2002 named U.Va. one of forty-three "best buys."


The University At A Glance


Enrollment, Fall 2001

Undergraduate 12,595
Graduate 4,301
First Professional (law and medicine) 1,608
On-Grounds Continuing Education 344
Total 18,848
Virginia residents enrolled, all schools 10,842 (57.5%)


Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2001

Number of applicants, 15,052
First-year students enrolled, 2,980

The Undergraduate First-Year Class, Fall 2001

Virginian 67%
Non-Virginian 33%
Women 54%
Men 46%
African American 9%
Asian American 12%
Hispanic American 3%
Citizens of countries
other than the U.S. 8%

Degree Programs

The University offers 48 bachelor's degrees in 46 fields, 94 master's degrees in 64 fields, six educational specialist degrees, 55 doctoral degrees in 54 fields, and degrees in law and medicine.

One in ten of all master's degrees awarded by the University is earned off-Grounds through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Faculty and Staff


Full-time instructional and research faculty 1,904

Full- and part-time staff 9,704


Library Collections

Volumes 4,779,269
Manuscripts 15,713,570
Accesses to Electronic Texts 42,651,236

The University Library ranks 23rd in the Association of Research Libraries, the top 112 university libraries in North America.

The University Library was ranked best in the country in the 2002 edition of The Best 331 Colleges, published by the Princeton Review.

Among the treasures to be found in the Library's Special Collections are

Thomas Jefferson papers, including his architectural drawings of the University

One of 25 copies from the first printing of the Declaration of Independence

One of the earliest printed atlases, Ptolemy's Cosmographia, printed in 1475

Illuminated medieval manuscripts, among them 14th- and 15th-century French and Flemish books of hours

A 1494 bound and illustrated edition of a letter from Christopher Columbus describing his discovery of the New World

The Ingram Poe Collection, comprising more than 1,000 letters and other materials assembled by Edgar Allan Poe biographer John Henry Ingram

Jorge Luis Borges Collection, the most important collection of his writings, including rare copies of early works

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