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Rank: 6

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 94%. 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 13% 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: UVA delayed in-person undergraduate instruction until after Labor Day. Undergrads who pay fall and spring tuition can take a January term course and/or an early summer course for free.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$34,200
% of students who get any grants
43%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$18,600
Average price for low-income students
$8,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
26%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1420/32
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
16,410
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
87%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$5,040
student success
Graduation rate
94%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$17,760
Average salary within 5 years
$61,400
% earning more than $28,000
88%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: UVA delayed in-person undergraduate instruction until after Labor Day. Undergrads who pay fall and spring tuition can take a January term course and/or an early summer course for free.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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