I am an alumnus of UVA, as well as an African American, and, speaking only from my personal experience, I loved this institution and had an overall excellent experience. The faculty is beyond amazing and the staff and organizations do try their best, in my opinion, to reach out to minority students as best they can to help enhance their educational experience while attending an historically racially tense university. It is my personal belief that one's college experience is only as great as one makes it himself/herself. Yes, some people/clubs/organizations here on campus are racially segregated and at times uncomfortable for certain minority students, but I found that for every individual or group of this nature that I came across, I met 10 individuals and/or groups with extremely openminded, accepting, progressive and refreshing views and attitudes. There is an office for black students to help them along at the campus, which assists in a wide variety of ways, and it is an excellent resource for black students. If you stick with the right people, who accept you for who you are, make you feel comfortable, and enhance your academic and social experience while attending UVA (of which there are PLENTY on campus), you will have a blast attending this school. I believe I received an extraordinary education parallel to no other. I feel proud to be a graduate of this institution. My only downside would be the surrounding Charlottesville area; in terms of finding a "good" job upon graduation, I found that the majority of students from my class (including myself) either chose to relocate back home, or toward more metropolitan areas, such as D.C./Northern Virginia, Richmond, Hampton Roads, or elsewhere outside of the state. It is a charming town, but not the most ideal environment for employment opportunities in a wide array of areas of young and new graduates, IMO. Do not isolate yourself here. Reach out to your doormat's, advisors, professors, friends, etc. There are so many people to help you out here and truly want to help you succeed. You just have to believe in yourself despite whatever obstacles may come your way or try to break you down. You have to "help others help you." It is easy to get lost in the crowd here otherwise, and the competitive environment can easily become overwhelming. And, on the other note, there is always racism everywhere, in my opinion, but it is how you choose to internalize it and respond to it that makes all the difference. I loved it here, and wish/hope I could return someday to complete a Master's program.
It's really sad to see colleges without any blacks on their baseball team here in Virginia and throughout the United States. You cannot tell me there aren't any black players good enough to be recruited to play at this next level. It is so evident that the reason why the major league has around 5-8% blacks is due to coaches at the high school and college levels abroad deciding on their rosters. It's not because black players can't afford the game of baseball, it's because of the recruiting process. I would hate to think there's a underlining agenda behind the lack of black players, but it's right blatant by what's so evident in what we see with our own eyes. I really think it's time to have an open dialog as to why there are so many colleges with all white baseball players. For the record, I would like to give all the other colleges out there who have enough courage to at least recruit one to two players thumbs up. So for that reason, I am cheering for Vanderbilt to win the CWS.
Olsson Hall is the single greatest architectural construction since the Great Pyramids of Giza. Just seeing the masterpiece in person one time is a life changing experience. Highly recommended.
Amazing university, experience and people. I am incredibly proud to be q graduate of the BEST higher education institution in the world! Wa Hoo Wa!
14 students "guilty of sexual misconduct" but no expelled? Are you kidding me? The school cares about money and nothing else. Not your life or your children's lives, just your money.