January 19, 2019
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School Profile: University of Virginia


The University of Virginia, commonly called UVA or simply Virginia, is a public research institution residing in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is the flagship school of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is committed to developing the leaders of tomorrow that are well equipped to change the world. The university is highly selective to maintain its commitment of accepting only the best students who will demonstrate exceptional promise in line with the UVA vision.

The University is highly selective, accepting only the best students and those who show the exceptional promise Jefferson envisioned. It offers more than 121 majors through eight undergraduate and three professional schools. The schools of education: Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Curry School of Education, McIntire School of Commerce, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Law, School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Architecture, Darden School of Business, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819 and the first classes began in 1825. The School of Engineering and Applied Science was established in 1836, making the university the first of its kind to open an engineering school. The university offered free tuition to all Virginians in 1875. In 1909, the university was organized into 26 departments including the School of Engineering, School of Law, School of International Law, School of Political Economy, School of English, and School of Pathology. The university admitted few women for specific programs throughout the early 1900s, and it officially became co-educational in 1970. By 1999, women made up 52 percent of the student body. In 1987, the University of Virginia was named the nation’s first and only collegiate World Heritage Site. Today, the University of Virginia is home to nearly 23,000 students. The U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Virginia number two for Best Public National University and number 5 for Best Value Public University in 2017.

University of Virginia Accreditation Details

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools regionally accredits the University of Virginia to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits the nursing programs offered by UVA School of Nursing.

University of Virginia Application Requirements


• Submit the Common Application online

• Pay the $70 non-refundable application fee

• Submit official high school transcript

• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher learning

• Submit official scores from standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT

• Submit recommendations from one teacher and one counselor


• Submit online graduate application to appropriate school of education at UVA

• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities

• Submit official standardized test scores

• Complete any additional application steps required by specific school of education

Tuition and Financial Aid



All students at the University of Virginia are considered full-time and charged full-time tuition and fees, even if taking less than 12 credits. Students can request part-time status, but it must be approved by the applicable school of education and is generally only allowed in rare situations, such as an illness or medical condition.

• Virginia resident $13,060 per year

• Virginia non-resident: $41,722 per year

• Approved part-time student resident: $435 per credit hour

• Approved part-time student non-resident: $1,391 per credit hour

• Required fees resident: $2,678

• Required fees nonresident: $3,360


• At UVA, the tuition rates for graduate education varies by specific program.

• Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, including the PhD in nursing, full-time students in years one through three: $15,026 per year

• Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, including the PhD in nursing full-time students: in years four to completion: $4,682 per year

• School of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader Program first year students: $19,810

• Clinical Nurse Leader Program first year students per credit hour: $708

Financial Aid

The University of Virginia offers a variety of financial aid programs to help students pay for their college education. The aid is offered in the forms of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.


• University Achievement Award

• University of Virginia Faculty and Staff Scholarship

• Elizabeth Buford Phillips Scholarship

• Marie L. Rose Huguenot Scholarship

• H. Kruger Kaprielian Memorial Scholarship

• Robert Waddy Scholarship

• Sarah Seward Scholarship

• Chick-Fil-A Bowl Scholarship

• Bayly-Tiffany Scholarship


• Federal Pell Grant

• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

• Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH)

• Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

• Virginia State Grants


• Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

• Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

• Federal Direct PLUS Loan

• Federal Perkins Loan

• The Nursing Loan


The University of Virginia participates in the Federal Work-Study program that provides various job opportunities to eligible students both on and off-campus. The types of jobs and compensation varies, but in general students are able to work 20 hours a week or less. No job pays less than the current federal minimum wage.

Graduate Financial Aid

• Graduate assistantships

• Graduate fellowships

• Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

• Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

Graduate students may also qualify for certain types of scholarships, grants, and private loans. Graduate students may also be considered for federal work-study upon request.

Advanced Nursing Degrees at the University of Virginia

UVA offers graduate and doctoral nursing degree programs for individuals seeking advanced degrees in nursing. Two clinical nurse leader (CNL) master’s degree programs are available: direct entry nursing and CNL for registered nurses. The CNL direct entry to nursing program is a two-year, full-time program that requires 75 credits and up to 1,000 clinical hours of guided learning in real-world nursing settings, including six specialty areas. This program is suited for students who have previous degrees in other areas. The CNL for registered nurses is a fast-track program for RNs interested in nursing leadership, nursing administration, or related areas. The program is available both full and part-time and the number of credits varies on students’ previous RN degrees. Both CNL programs feature small, intimate classes taught by world renowned faculty members. The core courses for both programs include health assessment and clinical interventions, introduction to nursing leadership, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, theory and evidence-based practice, care environment management, culture and health, epidemiology and world health, nursing, ethics, and the larger healthcare arena, and health policy: local to global. Both CNL programs at the University of Virginia prepare students for the CNL certification examination.

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