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The University of Virginia: Uncommon Excellence

Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819. He planned the curriculum, recruited the first faculty, and designed the Academical Village. Comprised of a central lawn and surrounded by residences and gardens, the “village” symbolizes Jefferson’s intent to create an institution that supported the free and open exchange of ideas, close interaction among students and faculty, and collegial collaboration across disciplines.  The Academical Village is an architectural design of global significance. U.Va. is one of the eight original Public Ivy universities, and it is the only university campus in the United States that is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in recognition of it's cultural value.

The University sustains the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation. The University is public, while nourished by the 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.

U.S. News and World Report - Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report Rankings: America's Best Colleges
: Since U.S. News began a separate listing of the top 50 public universities, U.Va. has never been ranked lower than No. 2. And in the history of the U.S. News Rankings, U.Va. has never dropped out of the top 25 listing of all national universities. 


Leaders in Research

David Green"There are a myriad of opportunities to collaborate with high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students as well as distinguished faculty on grounds who help my research group conduct cutting-edge research on advanced polymeric materials. Examples include working with students and faculty in the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the development of high-strength, lightweight nanocomposites, higher efficiency solar cells, and drug delivery agents to improve bone repair."

—David Green, Associate Professor Chemical Engineering



Women in LabThe University of Virginia produces research of proven scientific, social, and economic impact from a unique consortium of innovators and problem solvers. U.Va. encourages collaboration between scientists and scholars from across disciplines, resulting in new applications for today's urgent and significant social issues.

The University of Virginia received over $280M in new sponsored research awards in fiscal year 2013.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science has research strengths which are captured in four societal challenges: creating a sustainable future, engineering improved health, advancing the cyber and physical infrastructure and providing personal and societal security.

The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are leading institutions in humanities, social sciences, and arts scholarship. Over a dozen centers and institutes offer students and faculty the opportunity to work on topics of current social, scientific, or scholarly interest.

The School of Medicine supports and promotes basic, clinical, and translational investigation. The University supports seven research centers and six institutes and programs.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is responsible for the integration and enhancement of research activities across UVA’s eleven schools and multiple research centers. VPR leads university-wide strategic growth activities, including multidisciplinary groups in environmental sustainability, innovation, energy systems, and biosciences. VPR also coordinates the various University units that comprise the research infrastructure, including the acquisition of research funding, the planning and development of academic research space, research commercialization, the incubation of new companies and recruiting of corporate research partners to local research parks, and public outreach. 

Academic Excellence

The University of Virginia possesses a distinguished faculty, including a Nobel Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, 25 Guggenheim fellows, 26 Fulbright fellows, six National Endowment for the Humanities fellows, two Presidential Young Investigator Award winners, three Sloan award winners, three Packard Foundation Award winners, and a winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and a former NASA astronaut among many others.

Approximately 2,000 full-time faculty members teach in programs leading to bachelor's, master's, doctoral and first professional degrees. The eleven schools of the University are as follows:

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Guide prepared by the U.Va. CHARGE program to support the recruitment, development, and career success of diverse tenure-track/tenured faculty. Sponsored by the NSF ADVANCE AWARD #1209197.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science  Foundation. 

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