University of Virginia

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University of Virginia
City: Charlottesville, Virginia
Type: Public
Sports: Baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, football, golf, soccer, swim and dive, tennis, track/field, wrestling, field hockey, rowing, softball, volleyball
Colors: Orange, Navy Blue
Mascot: Cavalier
Endowment: $4.8 billion[1]

The University of Virginia is a large public university located in Charlottesville, Virginia.


After serving his two terms as President, Thomas Jefferson returned home to Virginia in hopes of building a University. Jefferson started drawing his plans for the school, and built ten houses that he called pavilions. The school was founded in 1819, and in March of 1825 the University of Virginia opened its doors to 123 students. Thomas Jefferson was a noted critic of organized religion in public settings, and true to his form Jefferson even went so far as to ban the teaching of Theology altogether at his University. Jefferson stated "a professorship of theology should have no place in our institution." [2]


Today the students of the University of Virginia live by an Honor Code that was created over two hundred years ago. The students used to sign the Honor Pledge before taking a test, or writing a paper as a promise that they had not, or would not cheat.

The University has had eight presidents. The current one is Teresa A. Sullivan, who has held the position since August of 2010. A former professor of Sociology and "leading scholar in labor force demography," Dr. Sullivan was hailed on her selection as "an extraordinary talent who brings to the University an enormous depth and breadth of experience in every aspect of public higher education."[3]

In 1888 the school implemented orange and blue as the official athletic colors, and the official mascot is the Cavalier, also referred to as the Wahoos. A Wahoo is a fish that can drink three times its weight,[Citation Needed] a clear reference to the University's rampant underage drinking.[4]

U.S News and World Report ranks the University of Virginia as number 23 in the best "national universities, public and private" category, tied with Georgetown University. It also holds the number 1 spot for the best public university for the 2010 year. For the past eleven years it has ranked as either number one or number two in this category.

Bastion of Liberalism

The University of Virginia has in recent years become a bastion of liberalism for the commonwealth of Virginia.[Who says?] University professors have been investigated by conservative Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, who has demanded the seizure of documents from the professor relating to the notorious liberal scandal, Climategate [5] .

Fast Facts

  • Location: Charlottesville, Virginia [approximately 120 miles southwest of Washington DC]
  • Colors: Orange and Blue
  • Mascot: The Cavalier
  • Current President: Teresa A. Sullivan
  • Enrolled Students: 20,387
  • Faculty: 11,962