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The University of Virginia is a highly selected public university founded by Thomas Jefferson to "develop tomorrow’s leaders who are well prepared to help shape the future of the nation and the world". Today, it maintains its traditions, including a student-run honor code and campus secret societies.

Key Facts


  • #25 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2022-23
  • #3 in Top Public Schools
  • #8 in Undergraduate Business programs
  • #42 in Undergraduate Engineering program
  • #8 in Graduate Law programs

Year founded

  • 1819

School type

  • Public, Research University

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 17,299

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 8,727

Student-faculty ratio

  • 14:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 21%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1390 and 1530 / ACT 32-35

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.8

International student population

  • 4.3%

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 4.0 (Waitlisted)

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 74% employed or enrolled in graduate school within 6 months

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $54,100 

Popular majors

  • Biological Science, Business/ Management, Economics, Humanities (Pre-Law), Psychology


  • $56,837
About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include Undergraduate College, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Darden Graduate School of Business, McIntire School of Commerce, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Curry School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Architecture, College at Wise.

  • UVA’s Academical Village was designed by Thomas Jefferson and includes a great rotunda which was modeled on the Parthenon in Rome. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • UVA’s special collection contains one of the only remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence.
  • The UVA library system holds over five million books.
  • Famous alumni include Katie Couric, writer, journalist and television personality; Edgar Allen Poe, American author known for works such as The Raven and The Telltale Heart; Tina Fey, actress and writer known for her work on Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 
Kings alumni at University of Virginia

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