With a total student body of approximately 21,000 and a faculty of more than 2,000, the University of Virginia has achieved national prominence in many disciplines and has been ranked first or second among the nation’s public universities since 1984. Founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, U.Va. maintains a strong tradition of student self-governance and close faculty and student interaction. Its historic mission to develop leaders who are well-prepared to shape the nation’s future dates to the laying of its cornerstone by three U.S. presidents: Jefferson, Madison and Monroe.
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