University of Virginia

University of Virginia Admissions and General School Information

The University of Virginia has a main campus in Charlottesville, Virginia, but also operates a secondary campus, the University of Virginia's College at Wise. Students at the main campus can earn bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees in fields of study such as architecture, arts, business, law, education, engineering and health professions.

General Information about University Of Virginia

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia officially opened its doors in 1825 to over 100 students. In 1987, the university grounds were designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Undergraduate and graduate students are offered research opportunities through faculty research projects mostly funded by the National Institutes of Health. The University of Virginia features a medical center with over 500 beds that has been recognized by publications including U.S. News & World Report and America's Top Doctors.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

University of Virginia welcomes all applications from first-time college students to transfer students. Prospective applicants must complete and submit a recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor, admission essays and results for SAT I or ACT (including the writing section). First-year students are only allowed to apply to the architecture, nursing, engineering or the arts and sciences undergraduate schools; students may apply to the other schools after two years of enrollment.

Colleges and Schools of University of Virginia

School of Architecture

The School of Architecture, founded in 1951, houses one of the largest architectural history programs in the nation. Undergraduates can choose from degree programs in urban and environmental planning, architectural history and science in architecture. Master's programs can be found for urban and environmental planning, architecture and landscape architecture and architectural history, along with a doctoral program in the history of art and architecture.

College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The University of Virginia's largest school, the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences provides over 50 undergraduate majors and over 20 graduate programs leading to M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. awards. Students can also complete political philosophy, policy and law, human biology and computer science multidisciplinary majors. The top fields of study, based on the number of students in the program, are biology, economics, politics, psychology, chemistry, English and history.

McIntire School of Commerce

Undergraduates at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce can concentrate in one of six fields of study including accounting, international business, finance, management, information technology and marketing upon entering their third year. Also available are master's degree programs in science in commerce, science in the management of information technology and science in accounting.

School of Continuing and Professional Studies

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers students Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies tracks, as well as master's and doctoral degree programs. Master's degree programs in the areas of engineering and education are available as is a doctorate degree program in administration and supervision. Additionally, the school features certificate programs and distance learning.

Darden School of Business

The Darden School of Business offers graduate students master's and doctoral degrees in business administration. The basic MBA program is broken up into a 2-year program; first year students focus strictly on core business principles, and second year students complete electives and participate in various business projects. The MBA for Executives is a 21-month program which uses the case-method classroom to discuss global business problems. The Darden School of Business also features an accelerated doctoral degree program in concentrations such as finance, management, marketing and operation management.

Curry School of Education

The Curry School of Education, founded in 1905, offers master's, education specialist and doctorate degree programs. Undergraduate programs culminate in a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in either communication disorders or kinesiology. Curry School of Education provides a 5-year Bachelor and Master of Teaching (BMAT) program in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences. Students can also find non-degree options for professional development, licensure and endorsement.

School of Engineering and Applied Science

The School of Engineering and Applied Science, founded in 1836, is home to the University of Virginia's second largest undergraduate program. The school is split into eight different departments including biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science, electrical and computer, mechanical and aerospace, materials science and systems. Undergraduates are given the opportunity to participate in projects and research, as well as an internship program.

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the university's school, features training for students in public service careers. The school offers a 5-year Bachelor and Master of Public Policy program open to undergraduates of all majors. The degree program requires students to participate in a summer internship and a public service retreat.

School of Law

The School of Law provides degree programs for Juris Doctor, Masters of Law and Doctor of Juridical Science. The school includes several internationally known institutes, centers and clinics. The opportunity is also available for students to write in academic journals, compete in trial competitions, work in offices alongside faculty and complete student-led law projects.

School of Medicine

Founded in 1824, the University of Virginia's School of Medicine was the first U.S. school to hire a full-time professor of medicine. Master's and doctoral degree programs are offered in areas such as biomedical sciences, biomedical ethics and health evaluation sciences. Additionally, the school offers postdoctoral education such as residencies, fellowships and the graduate medical education-training program. The college also offers students opportunities to compete in a variety of special programs including medical imaging, clinical investigation and summer research internships.

School of Nursing

This school admits high school and transfer students directly into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The School of Nursing also features a direct-entry graduate nursing program for students with college degree in a subject beyond nursing. Graduate nursing students can earn a master's, post-master's, doctoral, or post-doctoral degree. Additionally, the school offers a dual degree program for Master of Business Administration and Master of Science Nursing.

Contact Information

  • Address: University of Virginia Admissions Office, P.O. Box 400160, Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone Number: (434) 924-0311