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Rank: 10

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VAhttps://www.virginia.edu
Known as a "public Ivy," the University of Virginia offers in-state students a top-notch education at a reasonable price. What's more, students live and study inside a UNESCO World Heritage Site (the only U.S. college to have that designation), featuring a spectacularly beautiful campus designed by university founder Thomas Jefferson. Students seem to thrive: UVA has the highest graduation rate of any public university in the country, at 95%. It offers undergraduate programs in subjects like astronomy, environmental thought and practice, medieval studies, Slavic languages and literature, and architecture. The school's roughly 17,000-person student body is not particularly diverse economically, with just 12% of undergrads coming from low-income families. The Cavaliers field 25 Division I varsity sports teams, and many are strong; its men's basketball team won March Madness in 2019. Greek life also plays a major role in the social scene -- about 35% of undergraduates take part in a sorority or fraternity -- as do a handful of secret societies. But everyone has to make sure they're on good behavior: UVA has an honor code that forbids students from lying, cheating, or stealing.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$33,600
% of students who get any grants
42%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,700
Average price for low-income students
$9,530
admissions
Acceptance rate
27%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1410/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
16,207
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
86%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$4,185
student success
Graduation rate
95%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$19,000
Average salary within 3 years
$62,300
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
52%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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