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Virginia College on Top 5 List of Best Public Schools in the Country


Choosing a college can be a stressful time and also a momentous occasion. Making sure you choose the right school is of the utmost importance for many prospective students.

U.S. News consistently ranks schools in different categories. This year, the list of best public universities has been released and an institution from Virginia made the list.

Let's take a closer look at the university that made the cut.

The University of Virginia

Taking the number four spot on the list of best public schools in the United States, the University of Virginia made the cut.

In addition to this prestigious ranking, the University of Virginia is ranked #25 among National Universities. U.S. News purports that schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

The University of Virginia is a public institution that was founded in 1819. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,311 (fall 2020), its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,682 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Virginia's ranking in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #25. Its in-state tuition and fees are $19,698; out-of-state tuition and fees are $53,666.

Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville. It’s referred to among insiders as Mr. Jefferson’s University or simply The University. Only first-year students are required to live on campus, and many upperclassmen live in off-campus apartments or fraternity and sorority houses. Greek life is prominent at UVA with a membership that includes approximately 35 percent of the student body. The Cavaliers, known unofficially as Wahoos or ‘Hoos, are members of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference and are well known for their consistently dominant men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.

The student-faculty ratio at the University of Virginia is 14:1, and the school has 52.4% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at the University of Virginia include Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Social Sciences; Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Psychology; English Language and Literature/Letters; Health Professions and Related Programs; and History. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97%.

According to U.S. News, the University of Virginia has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,311 (fall 2020), with a gender distribution of 44% male students and 56% female students. At this school, 26% of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 74% of students live off campus. In sports, the University of Virginia is part of the NCAA I.

University of Virginia's tuition is $19,698 for in-state and $53,666 for out-of-state students. Compared with the national average cost of in-state tuition of $11,331, the University of Virginia is more expensive. For students coming from out of state, the tuition is more expensive than the national average cost of out-of-state tuition of $27,028.

Other universities on the list include the University of California, Berkley, and UCLA. Virginia residents, what do you think of this prestigious ranking? Is this school deserving of it? Let us know in the comments!

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