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State of the University Fact Brochure

April 2001


Enrollment, Fall 2000 (On Grounds)
Undergraduate: 12,489
On-Grounds Continuing Education: 294
Graduate: 4,160
First Professional (law and medicine): 1,607
Total on Grounds: 18,550

Enrollment by School, Fall 2000

School of Architecture
355 undergraduates, 177 graduate students

College of Arts & Sciences
9,197 undergraduates

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
1,376 graduate students

Curry School of Education
64 undergraduates, 941 graduate students

Darden School
514 graduate students

McIntire School of Commerce
636 undergraduates, 153 graduate students

School of Engineering and Applied Science
1,936 undergraduates, 533 graduate students

School of Nursing
301 undergraduates, 168 graduate students

School of Law
1,062 students, 46 graduate law students

School of Medicine
545 medical students (M.D.)
252 graduate basic medical science students

School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
33 undergraduates

Approximately 11,400 students throughout the Commonwealth take the University of Virginia's continuing education courses.

Minority Enrollment by School(undergraduate)

African American Native American Asian & Asian American Hispanic
School of Architecture 26 0 18 9
College of Arts and Sciences 966 27 882 224
Curry School of Education 8 0 6 1
McIntire School of Commerce 39 2 96 12
School of Engineering and Applied Science 131 3 269 46
School of Nursing 20 1 18 3
School of Continuing and Professional Studies 2 0 0 0

Total Price of Education

Yearly cost for undergraduates, including tuition, fees, room and board, and estimated books and personal expenses:
2000-01 1990-91
Virginians $11,639 $ 7,966
Non-Virginians $24,888 $13,136


Entering first-year undergraduates:
Fall 2000 Fall 1990
Total applications 14,472 15,283
In-state applications 5,528 5,343
Total offers extended 5,482 4,943
Total offers accepted 2,930 2,566
In-state offers extended 2,969 2,667
In-state offers accepted 1,979 1,639

Among first-year students, 83% ranked in the top 10th of their secondary school classes.
1990: 72%

The mean combined SAT score of the 2000-01 entering class was 1304.
1990: 1280 (recentered)

The mean combined SAT score of the 2000-01 entering Echols Scholars was 1490.
1990: 1427 (recentered)

The mean combined SAT score of the 2000-01 entering Rodman Scholars was 1457.
1990: 1475 (recentered)

First-year applications for admission in 2001 are up about 4% from 2000.

Financial Aid
In 1999-00, approximately 5,350 undergraduate students received $41 million in financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.

Major Need-Based Student Aid Program Expenditures Including Loans (Undergraduates)

Federal Aid
$12 million
($4,201 per student receiving aid)

Institutional Aid
$9.7 million
($3,397 per student receiving aid)

State Aid (from General Fund)
$3.3 million
($1,155 per student receiving aid)

Student Profile:
Students come from all 50 states and 75 foreign countries.

Virginia residents make up 68% of the undergraduate student body.

54% of students are women and 46% are men.

Student-to-faculty ratio is 15.3 to 1.

91% of undergraduates graduate within 6 years.

Degrees Conferred

1999-00 1990-91
Undergraduate: 3,132 2,815
Graduate: 2,177 2,258

Residence Figures, 2000
49% of single undergraduates and 6% of graduate students live in student housing on Grounds.

65% of students live off Grounds, including those who live in fraternity and sorority houses.

Awards and Honors
43 students received Harrison Research Awards in 2001.

Katherine Dirks, 4th-year government honors student from Baton Rouge, La., received a Marshall Scholarship in 2000.

Third-year Echols Scholar and interdisciplinary major Bradley P. Barnett of Clifton, Va., was named a 2001 Truman Scholar. He is U.Va.'s 20th Truman Scholar.

Total number of Rhodes Scholars in the University's history: 43

Public Service

63 University alumni are serving in the Peace Corps. The University currently ranks 7th in the number of volunteers among all colleges and universities in the nation.

Nursing Students Without Borders: 20 nursing students participated in 3 medical service trips to El Salvador in the past year.

2,100 students participated in weekly service projects through Madison House in fall 2000.


    2000-01   1990-91
Full-time instructional/research faculty:   1,904   1,662
Full-time other staff:   8,803   7,696

Salary Ranking

UC Berkeley 10
Duke 12
UC San Diego 18
Cornell-Endowed 20
UVirginia 21
Vanderbilt 26
Brown 28
U North Carolina 30
U Michigan 31

UC Berkeley 3
Duke 10
UC San Diego 12
U Virginia 18
U Michigan 19
Brown 22
Cornell-Endowed 24
Vanderbilt 28
U North Carolina 44



New Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science:

Anita Jones, the Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering and Computer Science, and University Professor Zhifeng Shao, professor of physiology

New members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences:

Anita Jones, the Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering and Computer Science, and University Professor Michael O. Thorner, M.D., chair, department of medicine and Henry B. Mulholland Professor of Internal Medicine

The University now has a total of 26 members.

Garrick E. Louis, assistant professor of systems engineering, was a recipient of the fifth annual Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young researchers at the outset of their careers.


New Fellows of the National Endowment for the Humanities:

Maurie McInnis, assistant professor of art history
Patricia Wattenmaker,
associate professor of anthropology
Ira Bashkow, assistant professor of anthropology

Between 1992 and 2000, nine University faculty were selected as fellows.

Edward Ayers, the Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History, and William Thomas, director, Virginia Center for Digital History, along with U.Va. alumna Anne Rubin, received the first e-Lincoln prize. Stephen Railton, professor of English, received second prize.

Lisa Russ Spaar, poet and administrator of the creative writing program, was one of six women writers in the nation to receive a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award.

In music, Edmund Najera, lecturer-voice, Walter B. Ross, professor, and Alicyn Warren, assistant professor, received ASCAPlu$ Standard Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

Elizabeth Thompson, assistant professor of history, received the American Historical Association's Joan Kelley Prize for the year's best book in women's history.

Erik Midelfort, the C. Julian Bishko Professor of History, won the Roland Bainton Award in History.

Michael F. Holt, the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History, received a Lincoln Prize.

Rita Felski, professor of English, received the 37th annual William Riley Parker Prize for an outstanding article published in PMLA, the Modern Language Association's journal of literary scholarship.


Daniel Hallahan, professor and chair of curriculum, instruction, and special education, and James Kauffman, the Charles S. Robb Professor of Education, were cited among the most influential people nationwide in special education by the journal Remedial and Special Education.

Nursing, Medicine and Law

Grace Muro, clinical instructor in nursing, received the Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Nursing Education Award of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses.

George Beller, M.D., chief of cardiology, received the 2000 James B. Herrick Award of the American Heart Association's Council on Clinical Cardiology.

Brian Wispelwey, M.D., professor of internal medicine, was one of 47 physicians nationwide selected by medical students for the 2000 Association of American Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award.

Jeffrey O'Connell, the Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law, was named one of "The Lawyers of the Century"by The American Lawyer magazine.


Executive education faculty of the Darden School were voted 'best in the world' by the Financial Times of London.


Kenneth Schwartz, associate professor of architecture, became president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Public Service

Julian Bond, professor of history, was re-elected to a fourth term as chairman of the NAACP.

Edward Ayers, the Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History, began a six-year term on the National Council for the Humanities.

Jonathan Moreno, Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Professor of Biomedical Ethics and director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics, was appointed to the National Human Research Protection Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The library is ranked 22nd in the Association of Research Libraries, the top 111 university libraries in North America. In 1990, the library was ranked 28th.

The library system houses 4,678,553 volumes and 51,000 electronic on- and off-line humanities texts in 12 languages. VIRGO, the online catalog, now contains the holdings of 14 University libraries, including Darden, Law, and Health Sciences.

    2000   1990
Volumes at Alderman   2,983,693   1,899,727
Special Collections   281,007   223,460
Volumes in Business Administration, Health Sciences, and Law Libraries   863,951   644,490
Volumes in other school and departmental libraries   830,909   649,043
Journals and other serials   51,237 (est.)   48,534
Manuscripts   14,256,617   12,473,200
Electronic texts   51,000   0

Usage of e-texts was 1,700% higher than usage of physical books.

Use of Electronic Resources

  • Visits to VIRGO -- 1 million per month
  • Visits to Library's Web site -- 47,806,197 this year
  • Visits to E-Text Center -- 21.4 million in 1999-2000
  • Average daily use of E-Text -- 38,000 individuals accessing 130,642 items

Selected New Collections

More than 400 rare books, manuscripts, and maps pertaining to Virginia and American history were given to Special Collections by the estate of Paul Mellon.

Stanley and Lucie Weinstein announced plans to bequeath 10,658 scholarly books on Buddhism in China and Japan.


In U.S. News & World Report's rankings, the University regained its position as the best public university in the nation, tying with the University of California at Berkeley. We are also first among publics in the best value category. Overall, the University ranks 20th among public and private institutions.

Five schools ranked in top twenty:
Architecture (6th)
Law (7th)
Commerce (8th)
Darden (15th)
Curry (19th)

The University of Virginia's College at Wise was named the No. 2 public college in the South for the second consecutive year.

National Research Council Rankings of Doctoral Programs:

TOP 10   TOP 20
English (4th)   Art History (16th)
German (8th)   Astronomy (17th)
Physiology (9th)   Classics (18th)
Religious Studies (6th)   French (13th)
Spanish and Portuguese (5th)   History (19th)
    Psychology (19th)

New Programs
Pending Board of Visitors and state approval, a new master's degree in Digital Humanities will be offered through the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences' interdisciplinary Media Studies Program.

The Pew Charitable Trusts awarded the University $2.5 million for the new Center on Religion and Democracy. James Davison Hunter, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, submitted the proposal with Joseph Davis, a research assistant professor of sociology.

The Institute for Practical Ethics was established under the direction of James Childress, the Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Religious Studies and professor of medical education.


    1999-00   1989-90
Beds available   528 (excludes nursery)   678
Inpatient admissions   28,259 (excludes nursery)   26,022
Average length of stay   5.3 days (excludes nursery)   7.9 days
Outpatient visits   485,808   275,283
Emergency room visits   57,239   55,230

In 2001 the University's Medical Center was named a Top 100 hospital for the 4th consecutive year. The hospital's intensive care units also rank among the Top 100 in the country.


  • 12 intercollegiate sports for men and 12 for women.
  • 78% of student-athletes graduate within 6 years. (National student-athlete graduation rate is 58%.)
  • George Welsh retired after 19 years as Virginia's head football coach. His U.Va. teams compiled an overall record of 134-86-3 and participated in 12 bowl games.
  • Al Groh (Commerce '66) was named Virginia's head football coach

Team Highlights

2000-2001 Men's Basketball: 20-9 overall; 9-7 ACC (4th); NCAA tournament appearance

2000-2001 Women's Basketball: 18-14 overall; 8-8 ACC (5th); NCAA tournament appearance for 18th consecutive year

2000 Football: O'ahu Bowl

2000 Men's Lacrosse: ACC Champions/NCAA Semifinals

2000 Women's Rowing: ACC Champions/NCAA Third Place

2000-2001 Men's Swimming and Diving: ACC Champions

2000-2001 Women's Swimming and Diving: Cara Lane, NCAA Champion, 1650 freestyle; ACC Women's Swimmer of the Year


Land and Facilities
3,475 acres of land in Charlottesville and elsewhere

577 buildings or major facilities with a replacement value of over $1.3 billion

Buildings in Progress

The Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture, and the Albert H. Small Special Collections Library

Total Cost: $26,000,000

Funding sources:

State - $10,000,000

Gifts from donors - $16,000,000

Studio art building

Total Cost: $12,500,000

Funding sources:

state - $9,000,000

gifts from donors - $3,500,000

Biomedical research building (MR5)

Total Cost: $41,624,000

Funding sources:

revenue bonds - $28,050,000

gifts from donors - $10,799,000

indirect cost recoveries - $2,775,000

Expansion of the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs

Total Cost: $7,500,000

Funding sources:

gifts from donors - $7,500,000

Clark Hall Renovation and Addition

Total Cost: $34,432,000

Funding sources:

state - $21,732,000

gifts from donors - $10,000,000

indirect costs recoveries - $1,600,000

utilities improvement funds - $1,100,000

Renovation of Peabody Hall

Total Cost: $2,150,000

Funding sources:

state - $2,000,000

gifts from donors - $150,000

Restoration of Pavilion VII

Total Cost: $3,675,000

Funding sources:

gifts from donors - $3,675,00


Budgeted University Revenues for 2000-01

Estimated total University revenues (including the Medical Center and the College at Wise) are $1.3 billion, of which 13.7% comes from state appropriations. Estimated revenues for the Academic Division total $752.6 million, of which 22.1% comes from state appropriations.

Private Support

Final total of the Campaign for the University of Virginia: $1.43 billion

Final Campaign Figures

Number of gifts received: 508,580

Number of donors: 142,327

Average gift size: $2,808

Median gift size: $150

Average total giving per donor: $10,033

Donors making multiple gifts: 107,149

1999-2000 Private Support

Philanthropic support totaled $195,284,183, a 48% increase from the previous year. This figure comprises private gifts to the University and its related foundations. It includes cash and in-kind gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Sponsored Research Funding

1999-00 1990-91
$209 million $107 million


Revenues by Source

2000-01 1989-90
State Appropriations 22.1% 34.6%
Tuition and Fees 21.1% 19.0%
Other 56.8% 46.4%
$752.6 million $383.8 million


All Divisions*

State vs. Non-State Revenues

2000-01 1989-90
State 13.7% 27%
Non-State 86.3% 73%
$1,289.3 million $661.8 million

*Including the Medical Center and the College at Wise


Market Value of Endowment

1999-00 1989-90
Funds held by the University $1.7 billion $487 million

Funds held by University-related Foundations (approximate)

$600 million $80 million
Total(approximate) $2.3 billion $567 million
Return on Investment
(University's Main Endowment Pool)
One year 43.7% 13.2%
Five-year annualized 21.4% 16.1%


The University of Virginia is one of only three public universities awarded a bond rating of AA+ by Standard and Poor's and Fitch Investors Service and was recently upgraded to Aaa by Moody's Investors Service. The upgrade is based on "Moody's expectation that under its strong leadership, U.Va. will maintain and strengthen its reputation as one of the nation's leading public universities in terms of financial resource base, academic reputation, and student demand."