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UVA Continues to Foster an Inclusive Campus Environment

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UVA is a public research institution with about 17,000 undergraduate students. Through long-standing traditions and a liberal arts philosophy that runs through all undergraduate schools, they aim to build a place where each student can find community. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1, students can engage with those faculty members by being research assistants or by taking a professor out to lunch (a program paid for by UVA). There is a thriving student-led, service-oriented culture rich with tradition and opportunities to engage with the Charlottesville community. And, as a state flagship with 25 NCAA Division I sports teams, there is no shortage of school spirit!

In terms of the admission process, one change for the 2020-2021 application cycle is that UVA will be test optional for all first-year and transfer applicants, both domestic and international. Students will not be required to submit SAT/ACT scores and will not be penalized in any way should they choose to not provide them.

UVA has a 94% graduation rate, which includes the highest graduation rate for Black and African American students of any public university in the country, and a 97% retention rate from first to second year. They credit these high rates to the support they provide their students. Here are some support services and student organizations that support first-gen, low-income, and/or underrepresented students:

UVA meets 100% of demonstrated need through grants, scholarships, work-study, and need-based loans. Families can use the MyinTuition Calculator to estimate how much UVA might cost for them. In order to apply for financial aid at UVA, students will first need to submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Other documents, such as student and parent 1040 tax forms and W-2s, may also be requested so it is helpful to have these documents on hand. 

UVA is located in Charlottesville, Virginia, a  college town nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On-Grounds, students can take advantage of hundreds of student-run organizations. These groups range from affinity groups to choirs to improv troupes, and they often put on a variety of cultural events and activities throughout the year. Students also have free access to all NCAA Division I sporting events and have opportunities to participate in intramural-level and club-level sports.

Off-Grounds, Charlottesville also has a lot to offer. From countless cultural and arts festivals to local restaurants and food trucks, Charlottesville has something for everyone. For those looking to commune with nature,  the Blue Ridge Mountains are right next door and provide miles and miles of walking and biking trails.

UVA–founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819–has a complicated history. In recent years, the UVA community has explored that history in an effort to examine and acknowledge it. For example, the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University explored the role of slavery during the University’s early years. This year, the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, a monument to commemorate those who were enslaved at the University, was completed and is now open to the public. UVA has changed tremendously since its founding over 200 years ago and continues to work toward a more inclusive, diverse environment

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