Data Analytics

In 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia to question convention, expand understanding, and harness the "useful sciences" as a means to better society. In the nearly two centuries since, UVA has become one of the nation's premier academic institutions. Combining outstanding coursework, world-class faculty and cross-disciplinary collaboration, we are dedicated to advancing knowledge for the common good. 

Our students who pursue careers in the data analytics field come from a variety of experiences and have unique skills they can offer as an employee for your organization. 

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Student Demographics

Undergraduate Enrollment by Major (2015)

  • Computer Science- 369
  • Mathematics- 187
  • Commerce- 688

Students Graduating by Major (2016)

  • Computer Science- 106
  • Mathematics- 117
  • Commerce- 340

Rankings and Data Points

U.S. News and World Report Rankings

  • No. 2 public university in the country
  • No. 24 among the 310 "national universities"
  • No. 5 public university best value
  • No. 1 among public universities in first-year retention and 2015 graduation rate 

School Rankings

  • The McIntire School of Commerce ranks No. 3 among public institutions and No. 6 overall
  • The School of Engineering and Applied Science ranks No. 21 among public schools that offer a doctoral degree and ties for No. 32 overall

Average GPA by School (2015)

  • Engineering- 3.285 (2,577 students)
  • Arts and Sciences- 3.296 (10,291 students)
  • Commerce- 3.64 (696 students)

Curriculum

Computer Science

The computer science BS degree prepares students for careers that provide both personal and societal rewards. As creators of information technologies our graduates are reaching out to people and the world by supporting and enhancing communication, health care, entertainment, scientific inquiry, transportation, business, and almost any other endeavor you can imagine. This program builds upon the engineering and mathematical principles introduced in the Engineering School’s core curriculum. Students are then taught to apply computing to the world around them by building faster, smaller, and more secure software systems, exploring emerging technologies, and working on real-world problems. 

All students must complete a senior thesis and one or two computer science courses to fulfill the computer science capstone sequence requirement. There are two tracks to complete the capstone: the research track, intended for students who are interested in performing an independent project, either a research-based project or an implementation-based project; and the practicum track, intended for any students who are not planning on performing an independent project.

Some highlighted courses from the curriculum include:

  • Multivariate Calculus
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Software Development Methods
  • Programming and Data Representation
  • Algorithms

Mathematics

To help guide the student through the major, the mathematics department offers five concentrations. The concentrations are: 

  • Basic Concentration
  • Graduate Prepatory Concentration
  • Probability and Statistics Concentration
  • Financial Mathematics Concentration
  • Five-Year Teacher Education Program 

Additionally, the Distinguished Major Program is a special option within the math major that provides advanced training in mathematics by combining extensive course work (at the level of the Graduate Preparatory Track and beyond) with active involvement in various aspects of mathematical research. The centerpiece of the program that sets it apart from any track of the math major is the requirement/opportunity for a participating student to work on the Distinguished Major Thesis under the supervision of a faculty member in the 4th year of his or her undergraduate studies and then present the findings in a public defense of this work. 

Some highlighted courses from the curriculum include:

  • Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
  • Complex Variables with Applications
  • Elementary Numerical Analysis
  • Algebra, Number Systems and Number Theory
  • Basic Real Analysis

Commerce

The Commerce program begins with the Integrated Core Experience, which is carefully constructed to give students a vantage into the world of business from multiple angles, integrating the analytic, strategic, and behavioral skills they’ll need to tackle real-world problems. Rather than offering traditional, independent core courses, the faculty engages students in a coherent, integrated series of sessions focusing on business theory and practice. 

By the fourth year, Commerce students choose to concentrate in one or more specialized areas of study to fine tune their skill set and hone their professional goals. The five concentrations are: 

  • Accounting
  • Finance 
  • Information Technology 
  • Management 
  • Marketing 

Students can also choose up to two of six tracks — an area of specialty that spans across several disciplines. These optional tracks allow students the opportunity to further specialize in an area that augments the Integrated Core Curriculum and concentration coursework. Specifically, the Business Analytics track is designed to provide students with broad, interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that help managers leverage analytics to improve performance and decision making. Students learn practical research skills necessary to design, create, and analyze data sets as well as to report meaningful insights to diverse audiences. 

Some highlighted courses from the curriculum include:

  • Quantitative and Financial Analysis
  • Electronic Commerce and Web Analytics 
  • Business Analytics 
  • Media Marketing Strategy and Analytics 

Research Partners

Data Science Institute

The Data Science Institute is home to the M.S. in Data Science, a 10-month professional masters program that features many core program courses from the departments of Computer Science, Statistics, and Systems and Information Engineering.

Additionally, the Data Science Institute has collaborated with the Office of the Vice President for Research to create opportunities for graduate students from various disciplines to work together on collaborate research projects in the area of Big Data. Students from across the University are invited to search out collaborators to connect real-world problems with data-driven solution methods.

Datapalooza is a showcase of the data-driven research, resources, services, and outreach at the University of Virginia. Presented by the Data Science Institute with co-sponsorship from the Vice President for Research and Vice President for IT offices, this pan-University event is an opportunity for all members of the community to understand and appreciate the power of data to drive research and innovation, as well as decision-making, policy, and teaching methods.

Center for Business Analytics

The mission of McIntire's Center for Business Analytics is to bring together the best of industry and academic expertise, while establishing the McIntire School of Commerce as a leader in business analytics education, research, and professional innovation. ​By partnering with some of the world’s leading corporations, the Center for Business Analytics ensures that McIntire students and faculty remain current with businesses’ analytics-related needs, challenges, and opportunities.  ​


Top Employers

Some employers of our alums include:

  • Google
  • IBM 
  • Oracle Corporation
  • MicroStrategy
  • PitchBook Data

Student Experiences

Contracted Independent Organizations (CIOs)

There are nearly 1,000 different student organizations at the University of Virginia. Among them include these specifically focused data analytics organizations: 

  • Darden Business Innovation and Design Club- The Darden Business Innovation & Design Club exists to foster a community around, promote the ideals of, and encourage career paths that incorporate design methodologies in leading organizations, solving business challenges, and facilitating innovation. The central idea behind the club is a strategic growth toolkit often referred to as “design thinking.” It is a way of making real world business decisions by bolstering typical left-brain analytics with right-brain creativity. 
  • Virginia Mathematics Society- The Virginia Mathematics Society provides students interested in mathematics with an atmosphere that fosters discourse between mathematical enthusiasts, bringing together faculty and students alike. Members will benefit from this atmosphere through increased access to research, enrichment opportunities and guest lectures given by esteemed professors from various universities around the country.

Research

The following are examples of past research opporunities provided to students through the Center for Undergraduate Excellence:

  • Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program- The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, not-for-profit research institution. The Summer Student Program is designed to help students understand the nature of research science. The emphasis of this program is on methods of discovery and communication of knowledge, not the mastery of established facts. Under the guidance of a mentor, students develop an independent research project, implement their plan, analyze the data, and report their results. At the end of the summer, students present their findings to researchers, peers, and parents. 
  • Jefferson Public Citizens Program- The Jefferson Public Citizen (JPC) program is a comprehensive academic public service program that integrates students’ academic, service and research experiences throughout their time at the University. It seeks to inspire students to act as engaged citizens through active community partnerships, research service projects, and scholarly reflection. JPC projects require students to address a documented community need or social problem. JPC groups establish a hypothesis, study best practices, collect data, propose solutions, and, when appropriate, implement them. A JPC project is conducted in collaboration with a community partner(s) and can be done locally, nationally, or internationally. JPC students present their project findings in the new student journal Public, published in collaboration with the Virginia Policy Review, and at the annual UVA Public Service conference.

Capabilities and Skills

Computer Science 

All graduates of the computer science program will have the knowledge and skills to be practitioners and innovators in computing and other fields. They will be able to apply computational thinking in the analysis, design and implementation of computing solutions, whether working alone or as part of a team. The knowledge and skills acquired from the degree program will give students the ability to make contributions after graduation in their own field as well as to society at large.

Mathematics 

Students who graduate with a degree in mathematics have a good theoretical underpinning in probability and statistics, as well as the opportunity to go deeper in these fields. Students  have a wide range of career opportunities, from law to business to any field that requires deductive, logical reasoning skills. 

Commerce 

The Business Analytics Track within the Commerce program is designed to provide students with broad, interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that help managers leverage analytics to improve performance and decision making. Students learn practical research skills necessary to design, create, and analyze data sets as well as to report meaningful insights to diverse audiences. Students learn to appreciate the challenges and opportunities facing a wide array of commercial enterprises that rely on analytics to make key strategic decisions.


How to Recruit

Employers in the analytics space looking to recruit students have a variety of opportunities to engage.

The signature events are our annual job and internship fairs that occur every semester! The University of Virginia Job and Fairs are an opportunity for organizations and institutional members to meet with students from the university who are interested in data analytics careers. The programs consist of  panels, presentations, and exhibitor showcases. There are several opportunities for organizations and institutional members to participate in this event as a sponsor or as an exhibitor. This is the information from this year's event. 

In addition to the university-wide career fairs, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the McIntire School of Commerce also host their own fairs. The Engineering, Science & Technology Career Fair is sponsored by the Center for Engineering Career Development. The fair attracts approximately 2,100 (75% of) engineering students from all academic levels. Commerce Career Day provides employers and students an advantageous branding and networking opportunity at the onset of fall recruiting. More than 1,200 UVA students attended CCD 2016 and were able to network with over 97 organizations representing multiple industries.

Information about the Engineering, Science & Technology Career Fair can be found here. 

Information about Commerce Career Day can be found here. 

Engagement is not limited to these events, however. Organizations are encouraged to post their jobs and internships year round through our Handshake job portal. 

Handshake is UVA's online recruiting portal that allows you to:

  • Post jobs or internships
  • Register for Career Fairs
  • Manage your On-Grounds Interviewing
  • Advertise your presentations
  • and more!

Log in or register for Handshake here.

More to Explore

Our team is here to help you with everything you need to know about recruiting UVA students. 

For help: David Lapinski, Director of Employer Relations

UVA offers a wide variety of large career events to meet the needs of organizations recruiting UVA students. 

Handshake is UVA's online recruiting portal. Post jobs or internships, register for Career Fairs, manage your On-Grounds Interviewing, and more!