About the University of Virginia
The University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, is perenially ranked
among the nation's best public universities. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the University is currently comprised of 10 schools and enrolls 18,000 students of whom 12,000 are undergraduates. The College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of the University with over ten departments ranked in the top twenty in their field nationally. The University recently completed a successful billion-dollar capital campaign and attracts faculty and students from around the globe. Charlottesville is a thriving and diverse community of over 130,000 just two hours from Washington, DC. With its own symphony, opera company, several professional theatres groups, scores of restaurants and movie houses, and a crowded local jazz and rock music scene, the city is the cultural and historical hub of central Virginia.