In 1819 Thomas Jefferson fulfilled his lifelong ambition to create a new and better institution of higher learning. The University of Virginia would prepare America’s future leaders to protect their young democracy. It would facilitate open exchange between students and professors, unlock the potential of the nation’s best and brightest minds, and encourage students and faculty to advance knowledge and break traditional boundaries.
Nearly 200 years later the University continues this endless pursuit of better. As one of the top three U.S. public universities, we are committed to developing the full potential of talented students from all walks of life. Our enduring legacy of honor and student self-governance prepares tomorrow’s leaders for the challenges they are sure to face. Our health system advances scientific discovery while providing first-rate patient care. And our rich academic resources–paired with our focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration–further what Jefferson described as “the illimitable freedom of the human mind.”