The University of Virginia is distinctive among public institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University continues in its mission to develop tomorrow’s leaders who are well prepared to help shape the future of the nation and the world. The University is highly selective, accepting only the best students and those who show the exceptional promise Jefferson envisioned.

The University of Virginia is made up of eleven schools in Charlottesville plus the College at Wise in Southwest Virginia.

For 2016, the University was ranked the No. 3 best public university by U.S. News and World Report. In the 15 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, UVA has ranked in the top three and continues to rank in the Top 30 among the best of all national universities, public and private.

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Student Demographics & Graduation Rates

Information from the University of Virginia Facts & Figures and Undergraduate Admissions Student Profile pages.

School Rankings

  • #3 Best Public National University, 2016 US News & World Report
  • #26 Best National University, 2016 US News & World Report
  • #33 Best Value National University, 2016 US News & World Report
  • #3 Best Public College Value, 2016 Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • #4 Best Public College, 2016 Money Magazine

Students

  • 15,669 Undergraduate Students (On Grounds)
  • 6,316 Graduate & Professional Students (On Grounds)
  • 92% of enrolling students ranked in top tenth of class
  • 88% 4-Year Graduation Rate (Class of 2011)
  • 93% 6-Year Graduation Rate (Class of 2009)
  • Student body represents 50 states and 147 countries.

Student Ethnic Category

Undergraduate Students by Ethnic Category, 2013-14 and 2013 Graduation Rates by Ethnic Category (6-year rates)

  Undergraduate Students
2013-14
Graduation Rates
2013-2014
African American 6% 82.8%†
American Indian or Alaskan Native 0.1% 83.3%
Asian 12% 94%
Hispanic 5.7% 92.9%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.02% not available
Multi-Race 4.3% not available
White American 71.6% 93.8%
Unknown/Unclassified   94.7%

Note: Beginning in 2013-14, students could choose more than one ethnicity and are counted above in each category that they selected. 

† This is one of the highest African American graduation rates among major public institutions in America.

More data can be found through the Facts at a Glance pages and the Office of Institutional Assessment & Studies website.

UVA Facts at a Glance

The University of Virginia is distinguished among higher education institutions. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing leaders who are well-prepared shape the future of the nation and the world. The University is public and enjoys the strong support of its alumni. It is highly selective; students are accepted because they show the exceptional promise that Jefferson envisioned.

Schools & Degrees

The University of Virginia is made up of eleven schools in Charlottesville, plus the College at Wise in southwest Virginia. UVA offers 56 bachelor's degrees in 53 fields, 79 master's degrees in 63 fields, five educational specialist degrees, two first-professional degrees (law and medicine), and 54 doctoral degrees in 52 fields. Read more about the different schools and degrees.

Student Self-Governance

One of UVA's most enduring traditions and strengths is the entrustment of much decision-making to students. The University Judiciary Committee, Honor Committee, Student Council, Lawn Selection Committee, and many others are staffed and governed solely by students. This notion requires that students take responsibility for their own actions and decisions, and is an experience that builds knowledge, character, and independence. This system prepares students to assume positions of responsibility and leadership within your organization and larger society.

Honor System

The University of Virginia's Honor System is one of the school's most venerated traditions. Administered solely by students, the Honor System requires that an individual act honorably in all relations and phases of student life. More specifically, the system rests on the premise that lying, cheating, and stealing are breaches of the spirit of honor and mutual trust and are not to be tolerated within the University community. Living with such a code prepares students to conduct business ethically and with a strong degree of confidentiality.

Health System

The University of Virginia Health System is a nationally renowned academic medical center committed to providing outstanding patient care, educating tomorrow's health care leaders, and discovering new and better ways to treat diseases. The University's Medical Center and its physicians continue to be recognized for their excellence in patient care, education, and research. Read more about the UVA Health System.