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Congratulations on your decision to attend graduate school; and thank you for taking the time to learn about the University of Virginia.

Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia began a revolution in American higher education. With an emphasis on the sciences, an elective curriculum, and its secular, non-denominational status, U.Va. was a controversial, yet groundbreaking, national experiment. Nearly 200 years later, the University of Virginia continues to scale new heights and break new ground in ways unimaginable to the first University students. From morphogenesis to nanotechnology, graduate students and faculty at U.Va. are engaged in collaborative and interdisciplinary research at home and abroad. More importantly, as a public institution, members of the faculty and student body are cognizant of the importance of their research and scholarship to an increasingly global society with distinct local needs. From environmental sustainability to network security, U.Va. faculty and graduate students touch the lives of peoples around the world.

Today, the University of Virginia offers 24 graduate degrees in 73 programs through 9 schools [degrees offered]. However, at U.Va., graduate study goes far beyond ones own discipline. The University places a high premium on collaborative, cross-border, and inter- and multi-disciplinary inquiry, scholarship, and research. Through centers and programs like the Morphogenesis and Regenerative Medicine Institute, the Institute on Aging, the Environment, Conservation, and Culture series, and Nanotechnology News Portal, to name a few, graduate students and faculty from across the institution are bringing their respective expertise to bear on the critical questions facing society.

On the global stage, U.Va. is the only U.S. member of Universitas 21, an international network of 20 leading research-intensive universities in eleven countries. In addition, faculty and graduate students partner on research projects with colleagues from the Budapest University for Technology & Economics, the University of the Philippines, and Yarmouk University, among others. With top-ranked programs ranging from business to special education and English to physiology, graduate students and faculty from around the University are confronting the challenges and seizing the opportunities of the twenty-first century.

To meet the demands of contemporary scholarship, U.Va. has embarked on a $900 million capital construction plan, the most ambitious period of physical growth since Presidents Jefferson, Madison, and Adams laid the cornerstone almost two centuries ago. Projects planned or underway include: a $145 million Arts Precinct, the $105 million South Lawn Project for the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, a $71 million medical research building, a $40 million materials science facility, a $40 million addition to the Curry School of Education, and a $12 million facility for the School of Nursing. To help finance these and other initiatives, such as graduate student funding and faculty recruitment, U.Va. has embarked on a $3 billion capital campaign – the most ambitious campaign ever for a public university.

We invite you to explore all that the University has to offer and witness how graduate studies at the University of Virginia can lead to a promising future in whatever your chosen field. We congratulate you on making the decision to attend graduate school and hope you will seriously consider becoming a part of the University of Virginia community.

For links to the nine graduate schools at U.Va., visit here. To learn all about the Charlottesville community, visit the "Graduate Guide" by following the icon below.


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