Explore the University

Explore the University

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia offers 21st century education in an historical setting. The philosophy of the institution stems from Jefferson's original intent: to enrich the mind by stimulating and sustaining a spirit of free inquiry directed to understanding the nature of the universe and the role of mankind within it.

Degree-granting schools are: The College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Law, the Curry School of Education, the McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Medicine, the School of Architecture, the School of Nursing, the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Through these 10 schools, the University offers bachelor's degrees in 46 fields, the master's degree in 67, and the doctorate in 54. Total student enrollment is about 18,000, with 11,500 undergraduates.

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The Academical Village, forming the core of the university area, was proclaimed an outstanding achievement of American architecture in 1976 by the American Institute of Architects. In 1988, the Lawn was named to the prestigious World Heritage list. The University consistently ranks among the best public institutions in the country, achieving and maintaining national stature in academics, research, public service, and athletics, without sacrificing the intimacy that characterized Jefferson's original notion of the academical village.

hscomplex.jpgThe University of Virginia Health System includes the UVA Medical Center, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, and the Health Services Foundation. Within the Medical Center are the patient-care areas: University Hospital, the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center, and outpatient clinics. Total staff employment at the UVa Health System is about 5,400 people in addition to about 2,500 faculty and students.

Facilities located on the Central Grounds include the medical and nursing schools, the library, University Hospital, and outpatient clinics. Several outlying inpatient and outpatient facilities supplement patient-care services. UVA offers a balance of primary, secondary, and tertiary care to people in the Charlottesville area, Central Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley, and Western Virginia. Tertiary care draws patients nationally as well as internationally. Facilities are fully accredited by the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.


  • Teresa Sullivan, President of the University
  • R. Edward Howell, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Medical Center
  • Steven Dekosky, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine
  • Susan E. Kirk, M.D., Designated Institutional Official and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

The School of Medicine is the 10th oldest medical school in the U.S. and was one of the original eight schools at the University of Virginia. The School of Anatomy and Medicine was authorized by an Act of the General Assembly passed January 25, 1819. The school opened in March 1825. The University’s commitment to patient care is exemplified in the quality of its medical education programs and residencies. The curriculum of the School of Medicine is designed to prepare the graduate to further his or her education in a postgraduate clinical residency program. There are preclinical courses, clinical clerkships, and electives in the four-year course, involving medical students in all phases of patient care.

The School of Nursing offers a variety of programs designed to educate health care professionals for the next century. In addition to the generic bachelor’s degree and RN-to-master’s programs, a second-degree program offers nursing program offers nursing education to those holding bachelor’s degrees in other fields. Master’s programs are offered in adult health, community and home health, mental health-psychiatric nursing, and critical care nursing. In addition, combination and post-master’s nurse practitioner programs lead to eligibility for certification as family, adult, community health, or mental health practitioners. A unique MSN/MBA program is offered in conjunction with the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and a PhD in nursing has been offered since 1983.

The University of Virginia Health System sponsors various accredited educational Allied Health Programs which include certificate programs in specialized study of radiological technologies, internships providing supervised clinical experience in communication disorders and dietetics, residency programs for advanced training in chaplaincy and pharmacy, affiliations to provide clinical learning experiences in occupational and physical therapy, and programs in advanced rescue squad training and epidemiology. Each program has a medical and program director. The allied health staff work closely in a collaborative approach, as well as with medical housestaff.

The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library is a modern, fully automated facility that serves the faculty, students, and staff of the Medical Center, the University, the community, and health practitioners across the Commonwealth. Journal databases and library catalogs are fully computerized. The library's strong collections on medicine, nursing and related health care subjects include nearly 2,500 journal subscriptions, extensive reference sources, videocassettes, and other media. The Library also offers hands-on classes, individual consultations and departmental housecalls on database searching, information management, and the Internet are also available. For more information consult the Library's homepage. Research and reference support is routinely available. The library's extensive historical collections include noteworthy research archives relating to Walter Reed, M.D. (class of 1869, and yellow fever). A History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series brings noted scholars to speak on a regular basis.