Why UVA?

The Grounds in the spring

UVA employs more than 28,000 people, including approximately 16,000 faculty and staff and 7,000 Health System employees, not including UVA College at Wise in Southwest Virginia.

Each year, the University appears prominently in the rankings of national publications and organizations in a variety of categories.

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Employment Benefits

UVA’s compensation philosophy is based on the belief that employee talent is our greatest asset. Our goal is to attract, develop, and retain qualified employees through a variety of pay practices that reward performance and employee development.

Benefits are a vital part of the total University package for employees. In addition to health insurance, retirement plans, and flexible spending accounts, UVA employees may take advantage of the Education Benefits program, which is designed to encourage career development and lifelong learning. We also offer a backup care benefit for child and elder care.


Outstanding Faculty

The excellence of our faculty has been recognized nationally and internationally with such awards and honors as a Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, MacArthur Fellowships, and Fulbright Fellowships. Before the University opened its doors in 1825, Thomas Jefferson corresponded with scholars in the United States and Europe, seeking the best faculty to teach in the areas of philosophy, arts, foreign languages, science, law, and medicine. When classes officially began, eight faculty members greeted the first students.

Like their predecessors, UVA’s current faculty members are selected from some of the world’s foremost universities, not simply because of their accomplishments, but also because of their enthusiasm and energy.


About the Area

UVA was the first university to be chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each year thousands of visitors tour the Rotunda, which is also a venue for lectures, social events, student activities, and meetings. The Academical Village, a U-shaped group of buildings surrounding The Lawn and designed by founder Thomas Jefferson, is considered one of the world’s great cultural treasures.

In the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is centrally located, easily reached by air or rail, and close to Richmond, Washington D.C., and historic areas such as Williamsburg and Jamestown. Combining small town charm with the attractions of a much larger metropolitan area, Charlottesville consistently ranks among the nation’s best college towns and communities.