In 2009, The University of Virginia was ranked as the second best public university in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report. Two years earlier the University’s undergraduate program was also ranked number two out of not just public universities but private ones as well. In the 20-year history of University of Virginia rankings, the university has never dropped out of the Top 25, and the University of Virginia has ranked as either number one or number two every single year that U.S. News has ranked public universities in their own category.
The University of Virginia has had many highly considered graduate programs that U.S. News and World Report ranked each in their respective fields, among the top 10. Some of these programs include Tax Law, American Literature, U.S. Colonial History, and Special Education. A very famous poet by the name of Edgar Allen Poe attended the University of Virginia in 1826, where he took classes in French and German, during the same timeframe that the original Rotunda was still being constructed.
The Jefferson Scholars Foundation is a program that offers a set of full four year tuition scholarships based on international, regional, and at-large competitions. High schools nominate students who are then interviewed and invited to attend a weekend-long series of tests as the college determines their aptitude, suitability, and strength of character. Only approximately three percent of the students that are nominated for this scholarship receive it.
The University of Virginia offers a total of 94 master’s degrees, 48 bachelor’s degrees, 55 doctoral degrees, and 6 educational specialist degrees. It also offers 2 first-professional degrees, which are in medicine and law, to its students.
The University of Virginia has a huge Library System that holds a whopping 5 million volumes of text. It also has an Electronic Text Center that has 70,000 books put online as well as 350,000 images and illustrations that accompany them. This is the largest collection of electronic texts held by a university in the world. These books are open to the public as well as to students, and the Library receives thousands of visitors daily.