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The University of Virginia (UVa, or informally, The University) is a major economic and development partner for Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

The Central Grounds are technically in Albemarle County, although Charlottesville completely surrounds the original grounds.


UVa opened in March 1825 with 123 students.[1].

The current president is Teresa Sullivan, who took office on August 1, 2010.

In 1987, the United Nations designated the Rotunda and Jefferson's Academical Village as World Heritage sites[2].


Transportation and the University

The University is currently implementing strategies to reduce the number of employees who drive alone while commuting to work. The transportation demand management program (TDM) is also intended to reduce demand for parking spaces as the university continues its strategy of in-fill development[3].

Economic impact on the community

There are over 12,500 employees at UVa, with an additional 5,500 working at the University Medical Center. These figures represent 15 percent of the total employment for Charlotteasville and Albemarle County. Over 20,000 students contribute to the economy[4]. The University is holding a capital campaign to raise $3 billion by December 31, 2010, and has raised $2.2 billion as of early December 2010[5]. Sullivan has claimed that there is enough physical space to accommodate such an expansion. However, she has said there is not enough faculty to do so[6]. The expansion would likely promote a focus towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics, areas of study being requested by state officials[7].

For the 2010-11 academic year, UVa has 14,297 undergraduate and 6,598 graduate students[2]. UVa officials are also exploring the possibility of expanding enrollments by 1,400 undergraduates over the next five years[2]. President Sullivan told the Chamber of Commerce on November 30, 2010 that the growth will not detract from the community's quality of life[8]. UVA received a record number of applications for the class of 2015, with 23,942 students applying. [9]

Connections to area planning

The University of Virginia participates in local planning as a member of several planning groups. The University's Senior Land Use Officer in the Office of the Architect, Julia Monteith, serves as a non-voting member of the MPO Policy Board and the Albemarle County Planning Commission. At those meetings, she often reports on news from the University Transit Service.

The University office of Architect released a Grounds Plan in 2008 that outlines a strategy for infill growth.[10]

UVa oversaw the building of the North Grounds Connector, completed in 2006.

Master planning at the University is overseen by the University of Virginia Master Planning Council.

The Office of Community Relations coordinates interaction with citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County that are affected by the university's growth.

Architectural preservation

In 2010, the UVA Board of Visitors approved spending $22.9 million to renovate the Rotunda. The leaking roof will be repaired and the Corinthian decorations on the columns will be replaced[2]. Funding will come from private donations as well as a request from the state of Virginia.

Future planning

In 2009, the University instituted the Grounds Plan that will direct land-use planning for the next 20 years.[11] The Plan is organized into four sections: The Setting, Framework and Systems, Program and Precincts, and Case Studies.[12]

See also

Three-party agreement


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Web. UVa developing strategy for increasing enrollment, Brian McNeill, Daily Progress, November 27, 2010, retrieved November 30, 2010. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "dp" defined multiple times with different content
  3. Tubbs, Sean. "UVa Increasing Efforts to Reduce Vehicles." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 28 May 2010. Web. 09 June 2010. <>.
  4. Albemarle County. Department of Community Development. Places 29: A Master Plan for the Northern Development Areas. 2009 DRAFT. Page 3-14. < /Places29_Master_Plan_3_Existing_Conditions_Future_Trends_2_2009_Complete.pdf>
  5. Web. $3 billion campaign fails to meet targets, Cavalier Daily, December 2, 2010, retrieved December 6, 2010.
  6. Web. Sullivan finishes eventful fall term, Mike Lang, Cavalier Daily, December 6, 2010, retrieved December 6, 2010.
  7. Web. At UVA, growth vs. tuition, Kyle Daly, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, January 4, 2011, retrieved January 4, 2011. Print. January 4, 2011 .
  8. Web. Alvin Clements honored with Chamber award, Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, retrieved December 1, 2010.
  9. Web. UVa sees record number of applicants, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 24, 2011, retrieved January 25, 2011.
  10. Office of Architect, retrieved on 4/9/09,
  11. Canzi, Chiara. "Planning for the next 20 years." C-Ville Weekly. 17 Nov. 2009. Web. 18 Nov. 2009. <>.
  12. Office of Architect, retrieved 11/18/09,

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