The University of Virginia (often abbreviated as UVA, U.Va., Virginia, or The University) is a research university in Charlottesville, Virginia
University of Virginia is known for its financial aid, student-run honor code, and secret societies.
Its initial Board of Visitors included U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Presidents Jefferson and Madison were also the first two rectors of the university, while Monroe was the sitting President of the United States when it was founded and previously owned the land and original buildings of Brown College, a residential college at the university. UVA was established in 1819, with its Academical Village and original courses of study conceived and designed entirely by Jefferson. UNESCO has designated it a World Heritage Site since 1987, an honor shared with nearby Monticello.
The only university of the Commonwealth of Virginia elected to the Association of American Universities, UVA is classified as Very High Research Activity in the Carnegie Classification. The university is affiliated with 7 Nobel Laureates, and has produced 7 NASA astronauts, 7 Marshall Scholars, 4 Churchill Scholars, 29 Truman Scholars, and 50 Rhodes Scholars, the most of any state-affiliated institution in the U.S. Supported in part by the Commonwealth, it receives far more funding from private sources than public, and its students come from all 50 states and 147 countries.
Since 1953, Virginia’s athletic teams have competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference of Division I of the NCAA and are known as the Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia has won 23 National Championships total, and 63 ACC Championships since 2002 (as of 2014), the most of any conference member during that time.