"We wish to establish in the upper and healthier country, and more
centrally for the state, a University on a plan so broad and liberal and modern,
as to be worth patronizing with the public support." Thomas Jefferson
The University of Virginia, at the beginning of the twenty-first
century, is a vigorous, modern institution, animated by the forward-looking
spirit of its founder, Thomas Jefferson. Jeffersons powerful convictionsthe
idea that the university exists to train young people for public affairs and
the belief that the liberal arts constitute the foundation for any educationcontinue
to inspire its students and faculty and guide the development of its programs.
Jefferson was a man of many talents, and he expressed them
fully in founding the University of Virginia in 1819; he outlined the institutions
purpose, designed its buildings, supervised construction, and planned its curriculum.
He also directed the recruitment of its initial faculty.
When classes began in 1825, with 68 students and a faculty
of eight, the University of Virginia embodied dramatic new ideas in American
higher education. In an era when colleges trained scholars for the clergy and
academia, Jefferson dedicated his University to the education of citizens in
practical affairs and public service. The innovative curriculum permitted the
student a broader range of study than was available at other colleges and universities
of the day, and Jefferson implemented novel ideas concerning student self-government
and religious freedom.
The University Grounds
Jefferson chose an undeveloped plot of land on the edge of
Charlottesville on which to locate the University of Virginia. Jefferson was
a skillful architect, a consummate builder, and an inveterate tinkerer. His
belief in public service, his respect for the achievements of the past, and
his sense of balance and proportion are expressed in the buildings he designed
for his "academical village."
This educational community was built around a rectangular,
terraced greenthe Lawnflanked by two continuous rows of identical,
one-story rooms. These rows are accented by large buildings, the Pavilions,
each in a different style. Both the rooms and the Pavilions open onto a colonnaded
walkway fronting the Lawn. Behind each of the two rows of buildings are public
gardens delineated by serpentine brick walls and backed by yet another set of
rooms. The Rotunda, a half-scale model of the Roman Pantheon, closes off one
end of the Lawn, while the south end was originally left open to a vista of
The genius of Jeffersons design is that it integrates
housing for students and faculty as well as classroom and library space into
a single unit. Students lived on the Lawn and in the outer two rows of rooms,
known as the Ranges. Faculty members lived in the Pavilions, while the Rotunda
held the library and classroom space.
Although the University has grown since Jeffersons time,
the Lawn remains the intellectual and spiritual heart of the academical village
and serves much of its original purpose. Students who have made special contributions
to the University are awarded a Lawn room in their fourth year; senior faculty
and their families live in the Pavilions, where classes are also held; and graduate
students live in the Ranges. The Rotundas oval rooms and the Dome Room
are used for meetings of the Board of Visitors, dinners, and other ceremonial
occasions, as well as for student activities.
The special grace and character of Jeffersons design
are widely recognized. As Ada Louise Huxtable noted in the New York Times, the
University "is probably the single most beautiful and effective architectural
group of its kind in the country, or in the history of American building."
In 1976, the American Institute of Architects proclaimed "the proudest
achievement in American architecture in the past 200 years"; in 1987, the
Lawn was named to the prestigious World Heritage List.
The University Today
Although the University of Virginia has expanded to encompass
more than one thousand acres, it still retains the intimacy that characterized
the academical village. University planners have been careful to reserve open
space for study and contemplation while erecting modern facilities for each
of the six undergraduate schools.
Each year, the area attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists,
who come to see the Grounds of the University, visit the homes of Thomas Jefferson,
James Madison, and James Monroe, tour local wineries, and hike through the Shenandoah
National Park, just 20 miles west in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Charlottesville has its own traditions. The community celebrates
each spring with a Dogwood Festival and New Years Eve with First Night
Virginia fireworks and entertainment. Steeplechase fans attend the Foxfield
Races and every spring, runners in the Charlottesville Ten-Miler rush through
town toward the finish line at University Hall.
A pedestrian mall downtown offers fine dining, distinctive
shops, and nightspots in a historical section of the city. In the Court Square
area, lawyers and business people occupy offices in buildings dating back to
the 1700s. The city is known for its fine restaurants, appealing to every taste
and budget, and many establishments present nightly entertainment by local artists.
The Virginia Film Festival brings new visitors and celebrities to the area each
fall, along with movies, seminars, and premieres. The Virginia Festival of the
Book brings poets, writers, and novelists to Charlottesville each spring.
Charlottesville is located 120 miles from Washington, D.C.
and 70 miles from Richmond. Airlines offer more than 30 flights daily to such
destinations as Atlanta, Cincinnati, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh,
and Washington, D.C. Major highways convenient to the city include Interstate
64 and U.S. Route 29. Nationwide bus and railway service for passengers and
freight is provided by Greyhound, AMTRAK, Norfolk Southern, and the CSX Corporation.
The Charlottesville Transit Service and the University Transit Service provide
bus service on Grounds and around the city. Visitors to the University are always
welcome. On-street parking is limited, so visitors are encouraged to park at
the paid hourly Central Grounds Parking Garage off Emmet Street.
Maps of the University are available for visitors at the Universitys
Visitor/Information Center at 2304 Ivy Road in Charlottesville (follow signs
from 29N or Interstate 64 to the University Information Center). Bulk quantities
can be purchased by calling (434) 982-4925. Brochures about the University and
walking tours of the Rotunda, the Pavilion Gardens, and the historic Academical
Village can be obtained at the Rotunda. Books about Virginia, Thomas Jefferson,
and the University of Virginia may be purchased at the University Bookstore,
located atop the Central Grounds Parking Garage.
The Electronic University
Internet enthusiasts can access a great deal of information
about the University through its online site: www.virginia.edu.
You can view electronic versions of all of the undergraduate
publications, and even print out an undergraduate application (www.virginia.edu/undergradadmission/apply.html).
Admissions information for the graduate and professional student is also available
For more information about the University, check out the Facts
at a Glance (www.virginia.edu/facts) and Statistics & Facts (www.virginia.edu/stats&facts)
online sites. The University supports two events web calendars (www.virginia.edu/calendar)
and online maps of the Grounds (www.virginia.edu/map).
In creating an academical village, Jefferson sought scholars
who had distinguished reputations and were willing to live among their studentsan
unusual, but from Jeffersons point of view, essential combination. The
University of Virginia faculty, one of the most distinguished groups of scholars
and researchers in the country, still exemplifies this tradition.
The Universitys full-time instructional/research faculty
numbers approximately 2,015, most of whom conduct research and publish their
findings on a regular basis. The University has established approximately 478
endowed professorships for outstanding scholars, and the Shannon Center for
Advanced Studies plays a major role in attracting and retaining scholars of
national and international distinction.
In 1995, the prestigious National Research Council, which evaluates
274 institutions every ten years, placed our graduate programs in English, religious
studies, German, Spanish, and physiology among the top ten programs in their
fields; ratings based in large part on the quality of the faculty. These ratings
will not be done again until 2005.
In its September 2003 issue, U.S. News & World Report once
again ranked the University of Virginia as one of the nations top public
institutions, placing it twenty-first among public and private colleges and
universities, and tied for first among all public universities. The McIntire
School of Commerce ranked seventh in the country among undergraduate business
schools, tied with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Carnegie
Mellon University. The 2004 graduate issue of U.S. News further ranked the School
of Law ninth among all public and private law schools. The magazine placed the
Darden Graduate School of Business Administration twelfth overall, among all
business schools, tied with the University of California at Los Angeles. The
Curry School of Education was ranked twentieth overall among schools of education,
tied with the University of Maryland at College Park. In 1997, the last year
programs in the Arts and Architecture were ranked, the Universitys Master
of Architecture program was ranked sixth overall, tied with the University of
California at Berkeley and Rice University.
University faculty members this past year have continued to
receive many national and international awards. This year, Nicholas J. Garber,
professor of civil engineering, was elected to membership in the National Academy
of Engineering, the highest engineering honor in the country, joining eight
other members of the University of Virginia previously elected. Joseph C. Miller,
T. Cary Johnson, Jr., Professor of History, received a prestigious Guggenheim
Fellowship. Sidney M. Hecht, professor of chemistry, received the national honor
of being elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Hilary Bart-Smith, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering,
was one of 16 faculty in the U.S. to be awarded a fellowship from the David
and Lucile Packard Foundation. Patricia M. Spacks, Edgar F. Shannon Professor
of English, served as president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,
while Anne Beattie, Edgar Allen Poe Professor of Creative Writing, and William
B. Quandt, Edward R. Stettinius Professor of Politics, joined approximately
28 other UVa faculty as members of this international society. Dr. Richard L.
Guerrant, Thomas H. Hunter Professor of International Medicine and director
of the Center for Global Health in the School of Medicine, was elected to the
Institute of Medicine. Rita Dive, Commonwealth Professor of English, was named
Poet Laureate for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jonathan Haidt, associate professor
of psychology, was one of eleven teachers across the state to receive the TIAA-CREF
Virginia Outstanding Teaching Award, the Commonwealths highest honor for
faculty at colleges and universities. Edward L. Ayers, dean of the College of
Arts & Sciences and Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History was named Professor
of the Year for doctoral and research institutions by the Council for Advancement
and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Support of Teaching.
Ayers and three fellow winners in other categories were chosen from 400 nominees
nationwide. Columbia University also awarded Ayers the renowned Bancroft Prize,
one of the most coveted honors in the field of history, for his book, In
the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863. E.
Mavis Hetherington, professor emeritus of psychology, was a 2004 winner of the
American Psychological Associations Award for Distinguished Scientific
Contributions, one of the highest honors in the field.
Despite the demands of research and writing, University faculty
are remarkably attentive to the needs of their students. In addition to their
teaching responsibilities, faculty members serve as academic advisors. Professors
routinely post office hours, and students do not hesitate to use them. Its
not unusual to encounter students clustered in the hall outside a professors
office, waiting for a chance to discuss papers or review classwork.
The quality of the student body is evident in numerous ways,
including the awards and honors many students receive. The University has graduated
43 Rhodes Scholars, the highest number for state universities nationwide. The
University is attracting some of the very best students in the country through
the merit-based Jefferson Scholars Program.
Four years at the University prepares students well for becoming
adults who are educated citizens and contributing members of society. Whether
they go directly to a job (as many do), teach English in a developing country
for period of time, enroll in law or medical school (to which University of
Virginia students are accepted at well above the national average), or enter
graduate school to pursue the scholarly life as a profession, their undergraduate
years at Virginia provide the chance to explore subjects and ideas that will
lay the foundation for their future careers and lives.
A member of the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference,
the University of Virginia fields 12 intercollegiate sports for men and 13 for
women. Womens golf, the newest intercollegiate sport at Virginia, began
competition during the 2003-04 academic year. Not only does UVa feature a comprehensive
intercollegiate athletics program, the Cavaliers are very successful with a
long-standing tradition of academic and athletic excellence. Virginia has finished
among the Top 30 Division I athletic programs each of the first 11 years of
the United States Sports Academy Directors Cup program, which identifies
the best overall athletic programs in the nation.
In addition to its athletic success, Virginia ranked first
among Division I-A public schools for its graduation rate among student-athletes
in the 2002 USA Today/NCAA Academic Achievement Awards survey. UVa student-athletes
graduate at a rate comparable to that of the Universitys entire student
body. During the 2002-03 academic year, 230 UVa student-athletes were named
to the ACC Honor Roll.
The 2003-04 academic year provides a perfect example of the
athletic success enjoyed by UVa. Teams or individuals representing 15 of Virginias
sports participated in post-season competition. Virginia teams won six ACC championships
and one national championship.
Over the past 15 years, Virginia teams have claimed five national
championships in mens soccer, three in womens lacrosse and two in
mens lacrosse. UVas mens soccer team won four consecutive
NCAA Championships from 1991-94. The Cavaliers mens lacrosse team
won its second NCAA Championship in five years in the spring of 2003 and the
womens lacrosse team won the 2004 NCAA Championship.
The Virginia football team has made 13 bowl appearances in
the last 17 years. Most recently, the Cavaliers defeated Pittsburgh 23-16 in
the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl. UVa established an ACC record with thirteen
consecutive seasons of seven or more wins, from 1987-99. In 1995, the Cavaliers
defeated Georgia 34-27 in the Peach Bowl and were co-ACC champions. Among UVas
1995 regular season victories was a 33-28 win over then second-ranked Florida
State. In 1990, UVa climbed to number one in the regular season national polls
(Associated Press and United Press International) and played Tennessee in the
1991 USF&G Sugar Bowl. The 1989 Cavaliers won a share of UVas first
ever ACC championship and met Illinois in the 1990 Florida Citrus Bowl. Off
the field, Virginia has been honored regularly for its graduation rate involving
scholarship football players.
The 2003-04 mens basketball team advanced to the second
round of the National Invitation Tournament. It was Virginias 23rd postseason
appearance (NCAA or NIT) in the last 27 seasons. Virginia won a share of the
ACC regular season championship in 1994-95 and advanced to the finals of the
NCAA Midwest Region Tournament. UVa has won two NIT championships (in 1980 and
1992) and reached the NCAA Final Four twice (in 1981 and 1984).
The womens basketball team made 20 consecutive trips
to NCAA postseason play from 1984-2003. During that span, Virginia reached the
NCAA Final Four three consecutive years, from 1990-92, and won ACC Tournament
titles in 1990, 1992 and 1993. The Cavaliers won the ACC regular-season title
in 2000 and won six consecutive ACC regular-season titles from 1991-96.
Virginia regularly wins its share of state, conference and
national honors in many other sports as well.
University and Community Arts
The University contributes to the cultural milieu with a wide
range of events sponsored by academic departments and student groups. Among
these are the Tuesday Evening Concert Series; the University Union Speakers
Series; talks by government officials and public figures sponsored by the Student
Legal Forum; performances by many student singing groups; and a Collegium Musicum
baroque group sponsored by the music department. The Universitys Art Museum
houses broad-ranging art collections, which include outstanding examples of
twentieth-century American art and European art from Jeffersons era. The
museums growing permanent collections are supplemented by frequent visiting
shows, the Fayerweather Gallery, which displays student and faculty art and
other exhibits, and several private galleries in the city of Charlottesville.
Dramatic productions are presented year round by professional and local groups,
including the highly acclaimed Heritage Repertory Theatre and the Virginia Players,
in the Universitys well-equipped drama and fine arts center. The theatre
department regularly presents drama, musicals, and small workshop productions
by students in the Culbreth and Helms theatres.
The Honor System
The Honor System is one of the Universitys oldest and
most venerated traditions. Based on the fundamental assumption that anyone who
enrolls at the University subscribes to a code of ethics forbidding lying, cheating,
and stealing, the Honor System allows students the kind of personal freedom
possible only in an environment where respect and trust are presumed. If a student
violates the Honor Code, he or she cannot remain a member of the University
community, and is not entitled to receive or hold a degree from the University
of Virginia. For nearly 160 years this system has been administered by students.
The University of Virginia libraries play an integral role
in the Universitys ability to maintain its standing as a top-ranked public
institution of higher education. Fourteen libraries serve the Universitys
undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. They house more than 4.7
million volumes and receive more than 53,000 periodicals and newspapers from
around the world. The general library collections in the social sciences and
humanities are housed in Alderman Library, together with the librarys
depository collections of state, federal, and international documents. Alderman
also houses the Universitys world-renowned collection of manuscripts and
rare books in its Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The
Science and Engineering Library and its satellites (Astronomy, Biology/Psychology,
Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics), serve the research needs of the Universitys
scientific community. Additional subject collections and services are offered
by the Education, Fine Arts, and Music libraries. Clemons Library provides a
general collection of frequently used materials, reserve reading, and video
and audio materials housed in the Robertson Media Center. The library needs
of the Universitys professional schools are served by the Claude Moore
Health Sciences Library, the Camp Library in the Darden Graduate School of Business
Administration, and the Arthur J. Morris Law Library.
Libraries at the University of Virginia are committed to the
provision of cutting-edge access to information through technology. The online
catalog of the collections and on-line access to newspaper and journal articles
are available in all library locations, and may also be accessed from home and
office computers via the librarys Web site at www.lib.virginia.edu. Electronic
centers offer library users assistance with innovative technologies such as
digitizing images and text and combining sound and video for multimedia presentations.
User education programs assist the University community in expanding its information
Information Technology and Communication Computer Facilities
Information Technology and Communication (ITC) (www.itc.virginia.edu)
provides computing and communications (telephone and cable television) services
that support the Universitys instructional, research, and administrative
activities, and facilitates communication and transmission of information for
all University departments. To perform these functions, ITC maintains a wide
variety of computing environments and peripheral equipment available to faculty,
students, and staff. Included are: an IBM Enterprise Server; IBM RiscSystem/6000s;
high-performance Linux clusters and an IBM SMP; UNIX workstations; Windows-compatible
PCs; Apple Macintoshes; and graphics equipment, including scanners. Other specialized
computer equipment is available in labs at Academic Computing Health Sciences
(ACHS) and the Digital Media Center.
The majority of PCs, Macintoshes, workstations, printers, and
graphics equipment supported by ITC are located in public facilities throughout
the Grounds for ease of student access. Software available for these systems
includes programming languages as well as email, word processing, network communications,
spreadsheet, mathematical, statistical, and graphics packages. Wireless access
is supported in many locations around Grounds, and all student housing is hardwired
for Internet access.
The ITC Help Desk (2015 Ivy Road, (434) 924-3731) is the primary
source of technical support for software, operating systems, file recovery,
e-mail, the Web, and networking issues. The Help Desks hours for phone
and walk-in support are posted online; questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training and documentation are available for ITC services. Additional information
about ITC facilities and services is available on ITCWeb at www.itc.virginia.edu.
Noted for its world-class research capabilities, the University
of Virginia is engaged in a wide range of research in medicine, engineering,
and the arts and sciences. Cutting-edge research and scholarship by the Universitys
outstanding faculty bring opportunities to learn about the latest advances in
the classroom as well as the ability to become involved in research work in
Research is an integral part of the educational process at
the University. Opportunities to participate in research are available for both
graduates and undergraduates and may result in published papers for graduate
and some undergraduate students.
Since 1946, students and faculty of the University of Virginia
have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU),
a consortium of colleges and universities and a management and operating contractor
for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, undergraduates, graduates,
postgraduates, and faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for
study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety
of disciplines including business, earth sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear
chemistry, and mathematics.
A distinct feature of the Universitys research community
is the extent to which it fosters interdisciplinary research. A number of research
centers and institutes have been established in recent years to facilitate collaboration
among faculty from different academic units who have common research interests
and objectives. One outcome of this interdisciplinary emphasis has been the
growth of joint academic programs leading to joint degrees.
Exciting research is undertaken jointly by faculty from both
engineering and medicine in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the
Program in Engineering Physics. Other engineering faculty have research ties
with faculty in environmental sciences, physics, and other fields. Faculty in
medicine and biology work closely on a variety of research projects, as do those
in physics and chemistry.
Research collaborations are common among non-scientists as
well. Faculty from the schools of law and business have launched a center jointly
with faculty in psychology. Professors in business and various humanities departments
bring their separate viewpoints and research strategies to bear on common issues.
Interdisciplinary research provides opportunities for shared use of facilities
and for synergism in research efforts and augmented funding.
In fiscal year 2002-2003, research at the University was supported
by over 1900 separate awards totaling $277 million dollars from federal and
state agencies, industry, and foundations. This represents an increase in both
the total dollar amount and the average size of each grant in recent years and
reflects the Universitys growing research stature and prominence.
The University demonstrates its commitment to research by providing
internal financial funding in certain circumstances. The University provides
funding for particularly meritorious research which might otherwise have brief
funding interruptions, thus maintaining continuity in important, ongoing projects.
Through the Bankard Foundation endowment, year-long research grants support
research in economics and government studies. Another program provides grants
for faculty research in the humanities and social sciences.
The knowledge being disseminated and the technology being developed
today at the University of Virginia will play a vital role in how we live in
the future. More detailed information about research and funding at the University
is available online from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate
Public Service and Outreach
The University of Virginias mission extends beyond the
lives of its students, faculty, and staff to the surrounding community, the
Commonwealth, the nation, and the world. From professional development for elementary
and secondary school teachers to leadership training for local governing bodies
across Virginia, the University is committed to sharing its resources of expertise
and scholarship in ways that improve the well-being of individuals and communities.
OutreachVirginia (www.virginia.edu/outreachvirginia), an interactive, searchable
database and web site, provides extensive information on all the Universitys
public service programs.
Through a bachelors degree program designed specifically
for part-time, adult students in Central Virginia and educational seminars,
short courses, and graduate degree programs offered through regional centers
across the state, the University continues to expand access to higher education
while maintaining its tradition of academic excellence. Telemedicine programs
and screening clinics provide residents in rural areas of the Commonwealth with
access to both basic and specialized health care. Programs in all of the schools
reflect a similar dedication to enhancing the quality of public life in Virginia
Students, faculty, and staff exemplify the institutions
commitment to service. In 2003, 3,150 students contributed over 110,000 hours
in service to the surrounding community through the student volunteer center,
Madison House. Last year, over 1,400 Virginians attended free community lectures
throughout the state, delivered by some of the Universitys most eminent
scholars as part of the Engaging the Mind lecture series. Faculty in every school
contribute countless hours of service participating on international, national,
state, and local advisory boards and providing professional expertise to non-profit
organizations, government agencies, and businesses through both University programs
and individual initiatives. In 2003, over 3,200 staff and faculty contributed
more than $595,000 to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign in support of 1,000
charities. Additional information about public service and outreach initiatives
at the University of Virginia is available from OutreachVirginia at www.virginia.edu/outreachvirginia.
The University of Virginia was chartered by the General Assembly
of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1819. It is accredited by the Commission
on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate,
masters, and doctoral degrees. The University is one of a select group
of 62 American and Canadian universities chosen for membership in the prestigious
Association of American Universities.
The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the American
Society of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board.
The Master of Architecture is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation
Board. The Urban and Environmental Planning degree program is accredited by
the Planning Accreditation Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of
Planning. The Curry School of Education and all of its programs to prepare school
personnel are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education. In addition, individual program specializations within the Curry
School are accredited by such organizations as the American Speech, Language
and Hearing Association, the National Athletic Trainers Association and
the Council for Exceptional Children. The McIntire School of Commerce and the
Darden Graduate School of Business Administration are accredited by the American
Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Law is accredited
by the American Bar Association and the American Association of Law Schools.
Degree programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science are accredited
by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. The School of Nursing
is accredited by the National League for Nursing and the Virginia State Board
of Nursing. The chemistry and music programs in the College of Arts and Sciences
are accredited by the American Chemical Society and the National Association
of Schools of Music respectively. The M.D. degree in the School of Medicine
is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (representing the
Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the Executive
Council of the Association of American Medical Colleges).