University of Virginia
University of Virginia is a public institution that was founded in 1819. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,331, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,682 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia is often referred to among insiders as Mr. Jefferson’s University or simply The University. Only first-year students are required to live on campus. Former U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, journalist Katie Couric and former NFL player Tiki Barber all earned degrees from UVA.
The student-faculty ratio at University of Virginia is 15:1, and the school has 55.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Virginia include: Economics, General; Business/Commerce, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; International Relations and Affairs; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97 percent.