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University of Virginia

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. Jefferson’s powerful convictions -the idea that the university exists to train young people for public affairs and the belief that the liberal arts constitute the foundation for any education- continue to inspire its students and faculty and guide the development of its programs.

Jefferson was a man of many talents, and expressed them fully in founding the University of Virginia in 1819; he outlined the institution’s purpose, designed the buildings, supervised construction, and planned its curriculum, He also directed the recruitment of its initial faculty. 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, and consummate builder, and an inveterate thinker. 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 designated for his “Academical Village.”

The University of Virginia is public, while nourished by strong support of its alumni. It is also selective; the students who come here have been chosen because they show the exceptional promise Jefferson envisioned. In 1993, U.S. News and World Report ranked UVa the nation’s best public university. It has remained at the top of that annual list ever since, five times named top public university and every other year vying for that top slot with Berkeley or Michigan. The University of Virginia consistently ranks well in other published comparisons among Americas colleges and universities, whether judged by popularity with students, retention and graduation rates best-buy status, or overall excellence. The University of Virginia moves confidently into the 21st century, progressing dynamically by striving still to fulfill the vision of its founder. In 1995, the prestigious National Research Council, which evaluates 274 Institutions every ten years, placed the graduate programs in English, religious studies, German, Spanish, and physiology among the top ten programs in their field.

The University of Virginia offers forty-eight bachelor‘s degrees in forty-six fields, ninety-four master’s degrees in sixty-four fields, six educational specialists degrees, two first-professional degrees (law and medicine), and fifty-five doctoral degrees in fifty-four fields.

Affiliate Universities:

University of Richmond, Michigan State University, St. Norbert, Penn State, University of South Carolina, Rice University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Wabash College, University of Mississippi