Founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia
is made up of 11 schools in Charlottesville, VA, plus the College at Wise, spread out in over 500 buildings or facilities within 1,606 acres. The University offers bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, first-professional degrees (law and medicine), and doctoral degrees in a growing variety fields. The University of Virginia was named as the No. 2 best public university in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, the University of Virginia has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 and it continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.