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RANKINGS


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

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

Commerce   5th
Architecture   6th
Law   7th
Darden   10th
Curry   19th

• Ranked among the nation's top ten public liberal arts colleges, the University's College at Wise is ranked first among national 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 2002.

Hormonal disorders   5th
Neurology/neurosurgery   14th
Ear, nose, and throat   19th
Urology   20th
Orthropedics   21st
Cancer   22nd
Gynecology   25th
Digestive disorders   28th
Respiratory disorders   31st
Kidney disease   41st

OTHER RANKINGS

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

• In October 2002, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranked the University of Virginia as number two on its list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges."

• The University holds a debt rating of AAA from Fitch, Inc., and Aaa from Moody's. Only two other public universities hold this top ranking.

• The University Library is ranked twenty-third in the Association of Research Libraries, the top 112 university libraries in North America. The library system houses 4.8 million volumes, receives 15 million visits each year to its electronic texts, and holds 12 million manuscripts in its Special Collections.

UNIVERSITY FACTS AT A GLANCE

On Grounds Enrollment, Fall 2002
Undergraduate:   12,748
Graduate:   4,459
Law and Medicine:   1,608
Continuing Education:   382
Total on Grounds:   19,197

Undergraduate Costs for Attending the University
including tuition, fees, room and board, and estimated books and personal expenses (at mid-year a $385 tuition surcharge will be added.)
2002-2003    
Virginians   $12,583
Non-Virginians   $27,793

Cost of Education Covered by Tuition
Cost of undergraduate education covered by in-state tuition: 29.4 percent.

Cost of undergraduate education covered by out-of-state tuition: 150 percent.

Undergraduate Admissions
Entering first-year undergraduates
Fall 2002    
Total applications   14,643
Total offers extended   5,588
Total offers accepted   2,999
In-state applications   5,786
In-state offers extended   3,029
In-state offers accepted   2,017

• First-year students in the top tenth of their secondary-school classes: 83 percent

• Mean combined SAT score of 2002-03 entering class: 1314

Student Profile
• Students come from all 50 states and 97 foreign countries.

• Virginia residents make up 69 percent of the undergraduate student body.

• 55 percent of undergraduate students are women.

• Student-to-faculty ratio is 15.6 to 1.

• 92 percent of undergraduates graduate within
six years.

Faculty and Staff
Full-time instructional/research faculty
  1,953
Full-time other staff   9,347


Problems and Progress on Achieving Diversity

ccording to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, the University ranks ninth among the nation's top-rated institutions in attracting, enrolling, and graduating African-American students as well as in recruiting and retaining black professors.
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"For five years in a row, the University of Virginia has enrolled the highest percentage of incoming black freshmen of any of the nation's highest-ranked universities," notes the journal, although it also observed that the University's African-American enrollment has declined in recent years. The University's percentage of black faculty also has dropped over the past five years, a problem that is the focus of new diversity initiatives launched by Vice President and Provost Gene Block.



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