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Graduate Record 2009-2010 
Graduate Record 2009-2010 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

University of Virgina

University of Virginia

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“We wish to establish in the upper and healthier country, and more centrally for the state, a University on a plan so broad and liberal and modern, as to be worth patronizing with the public support.”
Thomas Jefferson




The University of Virginia, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, is a vigorous, modern institution, animated by the forward-looking spirit of its founder, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson’s powerful convictions-the idea that the university exists to train young people for public service and the belief that the liberal arts constitute the foundation for any education-continue to inspire its students and faculty and guide the development of its programs.

Jefferson was a man of many talents, and he expressed them fully in founding the University of Virginia in 1819; he outlined the institution’s purpose, designed its buildings, supervised construction, and planned its curriculum. He also directed the recruitment of its initial faculty.

When classes began in 1825, with 68 students and a faculty of eight, the University of Virginia embodied dramatic new ideas in American higher education. In an era when colleges trained scholars for the clergy and academia, Jefferson dedicated his University to the education of citizens in practical affairs and public service. The innovative curriculum permitted the student a broader range of study than was available at other colleges and universities of the day, and Jefferson implemented novel ideas concerning student self-government and religious freedom.


The University Grounds


Jefferson chose an undeveloped plot of land on the edge of Charlottesville on which to locate the University of Virginia. Jefferson was a skillful architect, a consummate builder, and an inveterate tinkerer. His belief in public service, his respect for the achievements of the past, and his sense of balance and proportion are expressed in the buildings he designed for his “academical village.”

This educational community was built around a rectangular, terraced green–the Lawn–flanked by two continuous rows of identical, one-story rooms. These rows are accented by large buildings, the Pavilions, each in a different style. Both the rooms and the Pavilions open onto a colonnaded walkway fronting the Lawn. Behind each of the two rows of buildings are public gardens delineated by serpentine brick walls and backed by yet another set of rooms. The Rotunda, a half-scale model of the Roman Pantheon, closes off one end of the Lawn, while the south end was originally left open to a vista of the mountains.

The genius of Jefferson’s design is that it integrates housing for students and faculty as well as classroom and library space into a single unit. Students lived on the Lawn and in the outer two rows of rooms, known as the Ranges. Faculty members lived in the Pavilions, while the Rotunda held the library and classroom space.

Although the University has grown since Jefferson’s time, the Lawn remains the intellectual and spiritual heart of the Academical Village and serves much of its original purpose. Students who have made special contributions to the University are awarded a Lawn room in their fourth year; senior faculty and their families live in the Pavilions, where classes are also held; and graduate students live in the Ranges. The Rotunda’s oval rooms and the Dome Room are used for meetings of the Board of Visitors, dinners, and other ceremonial occasions, as well as for student activities.

The special grace and character of Jefferson’s design are widely recognized. As Ada Louise Huxtable noted in The New York Times, the University “is probably the single most beautiful and effective architectural group of its kind in the country, or in the history of American building.”In 1976, the American Institute of Architects proclaimed “the proudest achievement in American architecture in the past 200 years”; in 1987, the Lawn was named to the prestigious World Heritage List.


The University Today


Although the University of Virginia has expanded to encompass more than one thousand acres, it still retains the intimacy that characterized the Academical Village. University planners have been careful to reserve open space for study and contemplation while erecting modern facilities for each of the six undergraduate schools.

Each year, the area attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists, who come to see the Grounds of the University, visit the homes of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe, tour local wineries, and hike through the Shenandoah National Park, just 20 miles west in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Charlottesville has its own traditions. The community celebrates each spring with a Dogwood Festival and New Year’s Eve with First Night Virginia fireworks and entertainment. Steeplechase fans attend the Foxfield Races, and every spring, runners in the Charlottesville Ten-Miler rush through town toward the finish line at University Hall.

A pedestrian mall downtown offers fine dining, distinctive shops, art galleries, and nightspots in a historical section of the city. In the Court Square area, lawyers and business people occupy offices in buildings dating back to the 1700s. The city is known for its fine restaurants, appealing to every taste and budget, and many establishments present nightly entertainment by local artists. The Virginia Film Festival brings new visitors and celebrities to the area each fall, along with movies, seminars, and premieres. The Virginia Festival of the Book brings poets, writers, and novelists to Charlottesville each spring.

Charlottesville is located 120 miles from Washington, D.C., and 70 miles from Richmond. The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO), a non-hub, commercial service airport, offers 60 daily non-stop flights to and from Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York/LaGuardia, Washington/Dulles, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Atlanta. CHO is served by Delta Connection, United Express (Atlantic Coast Airlines), Northwest Airlines, and US Airways Express (Piedmont Airlines). Major highways convenient to the city include Interstate 64 and U.S. Route 29. Nationwide bus and railway service for passengers and freight is provided by Greyhound, AMTRAK, Norfolk Southern, and the CSX Corporation. The Charlottesville Transit Service and the University Transit Service provide bus service on Grounds and around the city. Visitors to the University are always welcome. On-street parking is limited, so visitors are encouraged to park at the paid hourly Central Grounds Parking Garage off Emmet Street.

Maps of the University are available for visitors at the University’s Visitor/Information Center at 2304 Ivy Road in Charlottesville (follow signs from 29N or Interstate 64 to the University Information Center). Bulk quantities can be purchased by calling the University Bookstore at (434) 924-3721. Brochures about the Rotunda and the Pavilion Gardens can be obtained at the Rotunda. Books about Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, and the University of Virginia may be purchased at the University Bookstore, located atop the Central Grounds Parking Garage.


U.Va. Online


A great deal of information about the University is available online at

The Office of Admission website features electronic versions of all of the undergraduate publications, as well as the online application for undergraduate admission at Admissions information for the graduate and professional student is available at

For more information about the University, check out Facts at a Glance at and Statistics & Facts at online sites. U.Va. Today at provides daily coverage of the University’s top news. An online calendar is linked from the University’s home page, and online maps are at For even more information about the University, its history, tours of the Rotunda and Gardens, and even a U.Va. trivia game, check out


The Faculty


In creating an Academical Village, Jefferson sought scholars who had distinguished reputations and were willing to live among their students-an unusual, but from Jefferson’s point of view, essential combination. The University of Virginia faculty, one of the most distinguished groups of scholars and researchers in the country, still exemplifies this tradition.

The University’s full-time instructional/research faculty numbers approximately 2,140, most of whom conduct research and publish their findings on a regular basis. The University has established almost 500 endowed professorships for outstanding scholars, and the Shannon Center for Advanced Studies plays a major role in attracting and retaining scholars of national and international distinction.

In 1995, the prestigious National Research Council, which evaluates 274 institutions every ten years, placed our graduate programs in English, religious studies, German, Spanish, and physiology among the top ten programs in their fields; ratings based in large part on the quality of the faculty.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the University of Virginia as one of the nation’s top institutions. In the 11 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. For 2008, the University is ranked second among public universities and is tied with Georgetown University at 23rd among all national universities. For 2008, U.S. News ranked five of the University’s schools in the top 20. The School of Architecture ranked 6th, the McIntire School of Commerce ranked 9th, the School of Law ranked 10th, the Darden School of Business ranked 12th, and the School of Nursing ranked 19th. In its third annual ranking of undergraduate business schools, BusinessWeek magazine once again placed the McIntire School second among the nation’s best undergraduate business programs. In the 2009 U.S. News graduate rankings, the University also received high marks. The School of Law ranked ninth nationally in a tie with Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. The Law School was also ranked ninth in tax law and 10th in international law. The Darden School of Business tied for 14th with Duke’s Fuqua School and Cornell’s Johnson School. Darden was seventh for management in the magazine’s specialty rankings. The School of Medicine was in a four-way tie for 23rd in research and was tied with five other schools for 38th in primary care. The Curry School of Education ranked 31st, and several teacher-education programs ranked in the top 10 nationally: secondary education placed fifth, elementary education was seventh, and special education ranked eighth. The School of Engineering and Applied Science was 38th overall. The biomedical engineering department, which is part of the Engineering and Medical Schools, was 15th. The new rankings in the sciences were in computer science, where U.Va. is 29th; physics, where U.Va. tied for 36th; and mathematics, where the University was in a four-way tie for 40th. The University of Virginia’s School of Architecture ranked No. 3 among all graduate programs in the country in the seventh annual America’s Best Architecture Schools study conducted by the Design Futures Council. In a separate ranking U.Va. was ranked No. 5 among Best Graduate Landscape Architecture Schools for 2005-2006.

University faculty members receive many national and international awards. In 2007, the ecoMOD project, directed by assistant professor John Quale, won three major architectural education awards and received a student design award grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; John D. Lyons, the Commonwealth Professor of French, was welcomed into the French Legion of Honor. George M. Hornberger, the Ernest H. Ern Professor of Environmental Sciences, was named one of Virginia’s three Outstanding Scientists 2007. The January 2007 issue of the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry honored Donald F. Hunt, University Professor of Chemistry, on the occasion of his 65th birthday and in recognition of his 40 years of research in mass spectrometry. Stephen Plog, the David A. Harrison III Professor of Historical Archaeology, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Todd Scanlon, assistant professor of environmental sciences, Jill Venton, assistant professor of chemistry, and Steven McIntosh, chemical engineering professor, each received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant. The Curry School research team of associate professor Sara Rimm-Kaufman, assistant professor Robert Berry and assistant professor Laura Justice received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to conduct a trial study of a social and emotional learning intervention technique. Greg Fairchild, assistant professor of business administration, won a three-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to support his research into the business models of successful Community Development Financial Institutions and their evolution. Mary Margaret Frank, assistant professor of business administration, received the 2007 Deloitte/American Tax Association’s teaching innovation award. John J. Dorning, the Whitney Stone Professor of Nuclear Engineering, was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Robert E. Johnson, the John L. Newcomb Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, was selected by NASA to join the team that will develop a concept for an orbiting mission to Mars. Diane Pappas, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, received the 2007 American Association of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award. Gregory Saathoff, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences, received a commendation for exceptional service in the public interest from FBI director Robert Mueller. Suzanne Burns, professor of nursing, was selected for the 2007 Distinguished Nurse Award by the Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Despite the demands of research and writing, University faculty are remarkably attentive to the needs of their students. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, faculty members serve as academic advisors. Professors routinely post office hours, and students do not hesitate to use them. It’s not unusual to encounter students clustered in the hall outside a professor’s office, waiting for a chance to discuss papers or review class work.


Student Achievement


The quality of the student body is evident in numerous ways, including the awards and honors many students receive. The University has graduated 45 Rhodes Scholars, the highest number for state universities nationwide. The University is attracting some of the very best students in the country through the merit-based Jefferson Scholars Program.

Four years at the University prepares students well for becoming adults who are educated citizens and contributing members of society. Whether they go directly to a job (as many do), teach English in a developing country for period of time, enroll in law or medical school (to which University of Virginia students are accepted at well above the national average), or enter graduate school to pursue the scholarly life as a profession, their undergraduate years at Virginia provide the chance to explore subjects and ideas that will lay the foundation for their future careers and lives.




A member of the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference, U.Va. fields 12 intercollegiate sports for men and 13 for women. U.Va.’s intercollegiate athletics program ranked 13th in the final 2006-07 Division I United States Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings, which are based on the combined performance of men’s and women’s sports during the academic year. U.Va. is one of just 15 schools to finish in the Top 30 in the Directors’ Cup standings in all 14 years of the program’s existence.

U.Va. had another successful year of athletic competition in 2006-07. Teams or individuals in 21 of U.Va.’s 25 sports advanced to postseason competition in 2006-07, including 20 in NCAA championship events. U.Va.’s athletics year was highlighted by runner-up finishes by the women’s lacrosse and women’s rowing teams in NCAA Championships, while the men’s soccer and men’s tennis teams both reached the NCAA semifinals. U.Va. teams won three conference championships in 2006-07 and have won 23 ACC Championships in the last five years, the most of any school in the ACC during that period. The women’s rowing team has won eight consecutive conference championships.

In addition, the Cavaliers’ Somdev Devvarman became the first men’s tennis player from the Atlantic Coast Conference to win the NCAA singles championship and the women’s rowing team’s varsity four won the NCAA Championship in that event for the third time in the last four years. Virginia’s Pat Mellors was honored as the ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Year, and Brittany Kalkstein was named the national Rookie of the Year for women’s lacrosse by and

The 2006–07 season was the first basketball season in the John Paul Jones Arena for the U.Va. men’s and women’s teams. The men’s team established school records for most home wins in a season with a 16-1 record in the new arena and by averaging 13,521 fans a game for 17 home games. The team tied for the regular season ACC Championship with an 11-5 conference record, compiled an overall record of 21-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The women’s basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and compiled an overall record of 19-15. The season was the 30th for Debbie Ryan as head coach of U.Va.’s women’s team, and she was named to the Class of 2008 for induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Academics Academically, U.Va.’s graduation rate for student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility remains high. In the 2006-07 academic year, those individuals who exhausted their eligibility graduated at a rate of almost 97 percent.

U.Va. had 221 student-athletes named to the 2006-07 Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll. The Honor Roll comprises those student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year.


University and Community Arts


The University contributes to Charlottesville’s lively arts scene with a wide range of events sponsored by academic departments and student groups. Music events include concerts by faculty and student groups and performances and master classes by visiting artists. The John Paul Jones Arena has hosted performances by Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Cirque du Soleil, and many others in just two years of operation. The University’s Art Museum houses broad-ranging art collections that are supplemented by frequent visiting shows. The museum sponsors public talks and receptions and conducts an outreach program for K-12 students. Ruffin Hall, the new studio art building, will feature student and faculty shows, and the art department sponsors public talks as well. The drama department presents productions year-round in the Culbreth and Helms theatres, including drama, musicals, small workshop productions and dance performances. Every fall, the Virginia Film Festival sponsors movie premieres and classics and discussions by actors, directors, producers and academics, all surrounding a theme that changes annually.


The Honor System


The Honor System is one of the University’s oldest and most venerated traditions. Based on the fundamental assumption that anyone who enrolls at the University subscribes to a code of ethics forbidding lying, cheating, and stealing, the Honor System allows students the kind of personal freedom possible only in an environment where respect and trust are presumed. If a student violates the Honor Code, he or she cannot remain a member of the University community, and is not entitled to receive or hold a degree from the University of Virginia. For more than 160 years this system has been administered by students.


The Libraries


The University of Virginia libraries play an integral role in the University’s ability to maintain its standing as a top-ranked public institution of higher education. Fourteen libraries serve the University’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. They house more than 5 million volumes and receive more than 60,000 periodicals and newspapers from around the world. The general library collections in the social sciences and humanities are in Alderman Library, together with the library’s depository collections of state, federal, and international documents. The University’s world-renowned collection of manuscripts and rare books is in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library and its satellites (Astronomy, Biology/Psychology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics) serve the research needs of the University’s scientific community. Additional subject collections and services are offered by the Education, Fine Arts, and Music libraries. Clemons Library provides a general collection of frequently used materials, reserve reading, and, in the Robertson Media Center, video and audio materials. The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, the Camp Library in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the Arthur J. Morris Law Library serve the University’s professional schools.

Libraries at the University of Virginia are committed to the provision of cutting-edge access to information through technology. The online catalog of the collections and online access to newspaper and journal articles are available in all library locations and may also be accessed from home and office computers via the library’s Web site at Digital labs in Alderman, Clemons, and Brown offer library users assistance with technologies such as digitizing images and text and combining sound and video for multimedia presentations. User education programs assist the University community in expanding its information literacy base.


Information Technology and Communication Computer Facilities


Information Technology and Communication (ITC) ( provides a full range of central information technology services for most sections of the University, as well as the networking backbone services and telephone system for the entire University; ITC supports U.Va.’s instructional, research, and administrative activities by facilitating communication and transmission of the information for all University departments. 

ITC provides services to faculty, staff, and student including: access to the Internet and the U.Va. network; centralized email, calendaring, file storage, and other computing clusters for support of computational research; and Web servers supporting user-published content. Specialized academic software packages and for-fee printing are provided for students in public computing labs and a number of collaborative spaces around Grounds. Wireless access is provided in all McCormick and Alderman Road first-year residence halls, in the libraries, on the Lawn, and in most classrooms. All student housing is also hardwired for Internet access.

The ITC Help Desk (434-924-HELP; ) is the primary source of technical computing support. Training and documentation are available for most ITC services and additional information about these services may be found on ITCWEB ( ).



Noted for its world-class research capabilities, the University of Virginia is engaged in a wide range of research in medicine, engineering, and the arts and sciences. Cutting-edge research and scholarship by the University’s outstanding faculty bring opportunities to learn about the latest advances in the classroom as well as the ability to become involved in research work in many fields.

Research is an integral part of the educational process at the University. Opportunities to participate in research are available for both graduates and undergraduates and may result in published papers for graduate and some undergraduate students.

Since 1946, students and faculty of the University of Virginia have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of colleges and universities and a management and operating contractor for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, and faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics.

A distinct feature of the University’s research community is the extent to which it fosters interdisciplinary research. A number of research centers and institutes have been established in recent years to facilitate collaboration among faculty from different academic units who have common research interests and objectives. One outcome of this interdisciplinary emphasis has been the growth of joint academic programs leading to joint degrees.

Exciting research is undertaken jointly by faculty from both engineering and medicine in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Program in Engineering Physics. Other engineering faculty have research ties with faculty in environmental sciences, physics, and other fields. Faculty in medicine and biology work closely on a variety of research projects, as do those in physics and chemistry.

Research collaborations are common among non-scientists as well. Faculty from the schools of law and business have launched a center jointly with faculty in psychology. Professors in business and various humanities departments bring their separate viewpoints and research strategies to bear on common issues. Interdisciplinary research provides opportunities for shared use of facilities and for synergism in research efforts and augmented funding.

In fiscal year 2007-2008, research at the University was supported by over 1900 separate awards totaling over $314 million dollars from federal and state agencies, industry, and foundations. This represents an increase of over 92% from ten years ago, and reflects the University’s growing research stature and prominence.

The University demonstrates its commitment to research by providing internal financial funding in certain circumstances. The University provides funding for particularly meritorious research which might otherwise have brief funding interruptions, thus maintaining continuity in important, ongoing projects. Through the Bankard Foundation endowment, year-long research grants support research in political economy. Another program provides grants for faculty research in the humanities and social sciences.

The knowledge being disseminated and the technology being developed today at the University of Virginia will play a vital role in how we live in the future. More detailed information about research and funding at the University is available online from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies,


Graduate Studies


The University offers graduate and first professional degrees through 10 of its 11 schools. Of the 21,000 students enrolled at the University, more than 6,600 are students in a graduate or first-professional (law and medicine) degree program. U.Va. offers 84 master’s degrees in 67 fields, 57 doctoral degrees in 55 fields, six education specialist degrees, and first-professional degrees in law and medicine. U.Va. is one of the top universities in the nation, ranked 23rd overall - and second among public institutions - by U.S. News & World Report and with ten top-25 departments for graduate study. In 2005, the University conferred more than 1,800 master’s degrees, almost 400 doctoral degrees, and more than 500 first-professional degrees.

The University places a high premium on collaborative, cross-border, and inter- and multi-disciplinary inquiry, scholarship, and research. Through centers and programs like the Morphogenesis and Regenerative Medicine Institute, the Institute on Aging, the Environment, Conservation, and Culture series, and the nanoSTAR Institute, to name a few, graduate students and faculty from across the institution are bringing their respective expertise to bear on the critical questions facing society.

The University recently demonstrated its ongoing commitment to graduate studies by announcing its intention to build an endowment for graduate education as part of its current capital campaign. In addition, numerous programs have been developed to encourage an outstanding and diverse graduate student body, including the Fellowship Enhancement for Outstanding Doctoral Candidates, which offers a three-year $10,000 stipend supplement - on top of a department’s support package to outstanding doctoral applicants. The University also recognizes superior research among graduate students with the Awards for Excellence in Scholarship.

In 2005, the University’s board of visitors allocated resources to create Graduate Student Diversity Programs within the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR). This unit exists to enhance the diversity of the graduate student population, create a culture of support, and serve as a resource for administration, faculty, staff, and graduate students on matters of diversity. In addition, the office coordinates recruitment and retention efforts across the University’s ten graduate and first professiojnal schools, supports graduate student organizations, and serves as a liaison between U.Va. and minority-serving institutions. In 2007, the University’s commitment to graduat student diversity was recognized when it received the Council of Graduate Schools/Peterson’s Award for Innovation in Promoting an Inclusive Graduate Community.

The University is also committed to the professional development of its graduate students. It seeks to assist graduate students with decision-making and planning for career pursuits within and beyond academe by providing advising services, workshops and other programs, and referrals to up-to-date electronic and print resources. Through the Teaching Resource Center, the University also supports Tomorrow’s Professor Today (TPT). Designed to facilitate the transition from student to academic professional, the TPT program focuses on improving preparedness in three key areas-teaching, professional development, and adjustment to a university career.

More detailed information about graduate studies at the University is available online from the Office of the Vice President for Research,, by e-mailing, or by calling (434) 243-4014.


Public Service and Engagement


The University of Virginia’s mission extends beyond the lives of its students, faculty, and staff to the surrounding community, the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world. From professional development for elementary and secondary school teachers to leadership training for local governing bodies across Virginia, the University is committed to sharing its resources of expertise and scholarship in ways that improve the well-being of individuals and communities. OutreachVirginia (, an interactive, searchable database and web site, provides extensive information on more than 480 University public service programs.

Through a bachelor’ s degree program designed specifically for part-time, adult students in Central, Northern, and Eastern Virginia and educational seminars, short courses, and graduate degree programs offered through regional centers across the state, the University continues to expand access to higher education while maintaining its tradition of academic excellence. Telemedicine programs and screening clinics provide residents in rural areas of the Commonwealth with access to both basic and specialized health care. Mentoring and tutoring programs help local area youth to achieve more through educational opportunities. Programs in all of the schools reflect a similar dedication to enhancing the quality of public life in Virginia and beyond.

Students, faculty, and staff exemplify the institution’s commitment to service. In 2008-2009, over 3,500 students volunteered each week during the regular academic session, giving over 110,000 hours of service, representing 2.2 million dollars of service. Over 1,200 U.Va. employees contributed hours of service through the 2007 United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, a community-wide effort to foster volunteer service in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. In 2008, 3,881 staff and faculty contributed more that $930,000 to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign to support charitable organizations in the Commonwealth and around the world. For the past three years, the Corporation for National and Community Service has named the University of Virginia to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 

Additional information about public service and outreach initiatives and community relations at the University of Virginia is available by contacting a member of the Community Engagement Network:




The University of Virginia was chartered by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1819. The University of Virginia is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Virginia. The University is one of a select group of 62 American and Canadian universities chosen for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. The Master of Architecture is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board. The Urban and Environmental Planning degree program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. The Curry School of Education and its programs to prepare school personnel are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. In addition, individual program specializations within the Curry School are accredited by such organizations as the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, and the American Psychological Association. The McIntire School of Commerce and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association. The following degree programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science are accredited by ABET: Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering. The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Virginia State Board of Nursing. The M.D. degree in the School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (representing the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges). The Masters of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.


University Professors


Terry Belanger, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Arts and Sciences, Honorary Curator of Special Collections

Donald Black, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Arts and Sciences

David W. Breneman, B.A., Ph.D., Education

Robert M. Carey, B.S., M.D., M.A.C.P., Medicine, Harrison Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Dean Emeritus of the School of Medicine

Mark W. Edmundson, B.A., Ph.D., Arts and Sciences

K. Ian Grandison, B.S., M.L.A., Architecture and Arts and Sciences

Donald F. Hunt, B.S., Ph.D., Arts and Sciences

Anita K. Jones, B.A.., M.A., Ph.D., Engineering and Applied Science, Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering and Applied Science

Jagdish K. Kumar, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Arts and Sciences, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology

Cato T. Laurencin, B.S.E., M.D., Ph.D., Medicine, Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery

Jerome J. McGann, B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Arts and Sciences, John Stewart Bryan Professor of English

David B. Morris, B.A., Ph.D., Office of the Vice President and Provost and Arts and Sciences

Larry J. Sabato, B.A., D.Phil., Arts and Sciences, Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs

Edgar A. Starke, Jr., B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Engineering and Applied Science, Ernest Jackson Oglesby Professor of Materials Science

Haydn N. G. Wadley, B.S., Ph.D., Engineering and Applied Science, Edgar A. Starke, Jr., Research Professor of Materials Science

William A. Wulf, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Engineering and Applied Science, American Telephone and Telegraph Company Professor of Engineering and Applied Science

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