The University of Virginia (UVA) was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia as one of the first colleges to blend the sciences and humanities. It also established a University of Virginia’s College at Wise in 1954 in of Southwest Virginia. The historic 1,682-acre campus is internationally protected by UNESCO and has been ranked as one of the most beautiful collegiate grounds in the country. UNESCO designated UVA as America's first and only collegiate World Heritage Site in 1987
The University of Virginia comprises of various schools and colleges: School of Leadership and Public Policy, College of Graduate Schools of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Business, School of Commerce, School of Architecture, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
The university has a student population of more than 23,500 of which more than 16,500 were enrolled in undergraduate programs. The university has a student to faculty ratio of 15:1 and the acceptance rate of 30%.
The Charlottesville has been named the No. 1 fastest growing metropolitan area for Venture Capital in the United States, with $27.7 million in annual funding as of 2015. A majority of the successful startups in the Charlottesville region have been started by or funded by UVA students and graduates.
Notable alumni: Tina Fey (Actress), Larry Sabato (Political Analyst) and Sarah Drew (Actress)
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