|". . .Unlike most schools, [the University of] Virginia does
not have to worry about finding enough academically able or
financially well-fixed students to fill
its freshman class.
With a stellar academic reputation and reasonable costs for a top-tier
school, Virginia is among that select academic species
able to turn away far more students than it admits."
U.S. News & World Report, September 18, 1995
Although rankings and lists are only a rough guide to an institution's quality, the University's increasing prominence in a growing number of categories confirms its stature as a national university. Public confirmation of the University's current strength has been resounding.
In September 1995, U.S. News and World Report
declared the University to be the top public university in the country and nineteenth
out of 229 national (public and private) universities. In separate polls,
U.S. News ranked the School of Law as the top public law school in the
country, ranking seventh overall.
The magazine placed the McIntire School of Commerce high on the list at seventh among undergraduate business schools nationally. The Darden School was ranked ninth and the master's of architecture program was rated tenth. The graduate program at the Curry School of Education was cited as a "pioneer in high-tech pedagogy," while ranking it thirteenth. The master's degree program in the School of Nursing placed among the nation's best in a U.S. News poll on health care.
This year, the prestigious National Research Council, which evaluates 274 institutions every ten years, placed our graduate programs in English, religious studies, German, Spanish and Portuguese, and physiology among the top ten programs in their fields.
These educational opportunities are offered at a competitive price. Money magazine placed the University of Virginia twenty-sixth in the Top 100 "Best Buys" for 1996, up from sixty-first last year, and the University earned a seventh-place ranking among national universi ties from U.S. News in its listing of best values.
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