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Rank: 10

University of Virginia-Main Campus

Charlottesville, VAwww.virginia.edu
Known as a "public Ivy," the University of Virginia offers in-state students a top-notch education at a reasonable price. What's more, students live and study inside a UNESCO World Heritage Site (the only U.S. college to have that designation), featuring a spectacularly beautiful campus designed by university founder Thomas Jefferson. Students seem to thrive: UVA has the highest graduation rate of any public university in the country, at 94%. The undergraduate programs in English, history, education, business and many sciences -- especially astronomy -- are well-regarded. The school is not particularly diverse economically, with just 13% of undergrads from low-income families. Virginia fields 25 Division I varsity sports teams, and many are strong; its baseball team won the College World Series in 2015. Greek life also plays a major role in the social scene -- about 35% of undergraduates take part in a sorority or fraternity -- as do a handful of secret societies. But everyone has to make sure they're on good behavior: UVA has an honor code that forbids students from lying, cheating, or stealing.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$33,000
% of students who get any grants
40%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,100
Average price for low-income students
$9,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
30%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1350/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
18,432
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
84%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$5,966
student success
Graduation rate
94%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$19,500
Average salary within 3 years
$59,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
52%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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