People say U.Va. is a special place—and not just because of the pristine columns and cobblestone paths. There is something about the community and the people. Here, Scholars talk about why they chose to come to Thomas Jefferson’s university.
Class of 2017
“Here, the dynamic of student engagement—going all the way back to Thomas Jefferson—is one that values and appreciates students as an integral part of education. We are respected. Our voices are heard. Our ideas are enabled. ‘Student self-governance’ is not just some lofty ideal we hold dear—it commands and drives U.Va.”
Class of 2016
“U.Va. is a very good place to grow. It’s a community that I’m glad I am being influenced by—people are intelligent, kind and collaborative. I’ll always look back on my U.Va. days and realize that I changed because of the people here.”
Class of 2016
Charlotte, North Carolina
“At U.Va., being ‘involved’ is more than a buzzword. Students have the chance to craft an interdisciplinary major, found a student group or conduct research, and many use that freedom to the fullest. Remarkably, though, the busiest students are often the most willing to share a joke or stop to chat on the way to class. Balancing excellence with humility, U.Va. culture offers the chance to develop not just as a student but as a person.”