University of Virginia Visit Report by noimagination
Visit to University of Virginia in August 2009 by noimagination(Student, HS Class of 2011)
(Member since February 04 2009 with 4956 posts)
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Campus Tour: Yes - I took the Engineering School tour. Comments in Visit Description.
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Campus Visit Notes for University of Virginia
UVA isn't on my list, for a wide variety of reasons. However, my family often drives through to visit family nearby and I've been honing my skills at touring colleges here. I took a general tour last year, so this time I just attended a tour of the Engineering School.
The tour was well-attended (~15 students and parents). There was no contact whatsoever from the staff - aside from signing up for spam in the engineering admissions office, all our tour was handled by the guide. He was a nice guy going into senior year in electrical engineering. While he seemed pretty knowledgeable, he had the unfortunate habit of saying "I guess" a lot and throwing qualifiers behind every statement, which made him seem unwilling to commit to anything. This wasn't too much of a problem though.
We walked around a few of the engineering buildings. The guide didn't say anything too earth-shattering, but he gave a pretty good tour. One classroom was open (but not in use - summer school was over), and we took a peek. It was a small classroom with just 30 seats and seemed pretty nice. There was also a small lab open with one guy working on something (he didn't say what). The 24-hour study halls were nice enough, though not really my architectural style.
It was way too hot outside for my taste, but fortunately we spent most of the tour indoors. The overall impression was far better than the main tour I did last year, where the people were snotty and obnoxious. I'm still not interested in UVA, but it was a decent tour.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Panera Bread (a chain) has a good location right on Route 29 (business?), which is called Emmet Street near campus.