University of Virginia

The University of Virginia (often abbreviated as U.Va. or UVA) is a public research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia which was founded by Thomas Jefferson. The University is notable in U.S. history for being the first educational institution to offer academic programs in disciplines now common, such as astronomy and philosophy. Its School of Engineering and Applied Science was the first engineering school in the United States to be part of a comprehensive university. Officially, the University of Virginia is incorporated as The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. The early Board of Visitors was filled with former Presidents of the United States: Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. The University is situated in beautiful Charlottesville, which is a city of contrasts. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains two hours southwest of Washington, D.C., the city is both cosmopolitan and relaxed. A picturesque and thriving metropolitan area of more than 130,000, Charlottesville has kept its small-town feeling.