Throughout its history, the University of Virginia has won praise for its unique Jeffersonian architecture. In January 1895, less than a year before the Great Rotunda Fire, The New York Times said that the design of the University of Virginia “was incomparably the most ambitious and monumental architectural project that had or has yet been conceived in this century”
Traditions on Campus
Student life at the University of Virginia is marked by a number of unique traditions. The campus of the University is referred to as “the Grounds.” Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are instead called first-, second-, third-, and fourth-years in order to reflect Jefferson’s belief that learning is a never-ending process, rather than one to be completed within four years. Also, students do not “graduate” from the University – instead they take their degrees. Professors are traditionally addressed as “Mr.” or “Ms.” instead of “Doctor” or “Professor” in deference to Thomas Jefferson’s desire to have an equality of ideas, discriminated by merit and unburdened by title.
The University of Virginia’s athletics program competes in Division I and since 1953 as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The current Athletic Director at Virginia is Craig Littlepage. The Virginia Cavaliers, also called “Wahoos” or “Hoos”, have won 19 recognized national championships, 14 of them since 1980. Virginia has won multiple national titles in five different sports, including three men’s sports (lacrosse, 6; soccer, 5; and boxing, 2) and two women’s sports (lacrosse, 3; and cross country, 2). It also holds a national championship in track and field. The men’s college basketball team has won either the ACC regular season (1981, 1982, 1983, 1995, 2007) or ACC Tournament (1976) titles six times and has been to the Final Four twice, while the women’s squad has been three times.
The college football team is part of the South’s Oldest Rivalry with UNC, and tied for a share of the ACC Championship in both 1989 and 1995. After never reaching a bowl before 1984, the team has played in 17 bowl games since. The program is also notable for its recent high draft picks in the National Football League, including the #4 overall pick of 2006, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and the #2 overall pick of 2008, Chris Long. content via wikipedia