Department: retrospect

The School of Athens

The School of Athens

One of Raphael's most famous frescoes has enjoyed its own renaissance at the University.

Spring 2013

The Celestial Dome

The Celestial Dome

Thomas Jefferson envisioned the Rotunda dome room not as a library but as a planetarium for teaching astronomy.

Winter 2012

1976: A Royal Visit

1976: A Royal Visit

On July 10, Queen Elizabeth toured the Academical Village, where 18,000 people watched her stroll down the Lawn.

Spring 2012

1825: Old School

1825: Old School

Founded in 1819, the University held its first classes in 1825 with a faculty of eight and an enrollment of 68 students

The University held its first classes in 1825 with a faculty of eight and 68 students.

Fall 2011

1990-92: So Close

1990-92: So Close

Final Four stretch highlighted Debbie Ryan's tenure

Retrospect: Final Four stretch highlighted Debbie Ryan's tenure

Summer 2011

1977: Ms. Rhodes Scholar

1977: Ms. Rhodes Scholar

Catherine Burke Sweet (Col ’77), one of the first female Rhodes Scholars, went to England to study in the late '70s and she never moved back.

Spring 2010

The Kennedys at Virginia

The Kennedys at Virginia

In March 1958, then-Senator John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jackie, and his brothers Robert and Ted attended Law Day at UVA.

Winter 2009

July 4th: The Fourth of July Paradox

July 4th: The Fourth of July Paradox

The Fourth of July is a bittersweet anniversary at the University. It marks both great achievement and sorrow; it is the birthday of a nation, but the death day of Founding Fathers.

The Fourth of July is a bittersweet anniversary at the University. It marks both great achievement and sorrow; it is the birthday of a nation, but the death day of Founding Fathers.

Summer 2009

1957: Faulkner Among the

1957: Faulkner Among the "Snobs"

After Faulkner arrived on Grounds, his "observations on ‘Virginia snobs’ caused somewhat of a sensation," wrote Virginius Dabney in Mr. Jefferson’s University. "He liked the state, he said, ‘because Virginians are all snobs and I like snobs.’"

Summer 2008

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Highlights

Ready to Spin Off

Ready to Spin Off

Jason George (Com ’94) looks back on his time at UVA while looking forward to his role as a firefighter in a Grey’s Anatomy spin-off.

Making the Scene

Making the Scene

Lear deBessonet (Col ’02) and Jon Provan (Col ’09) are proving themselves in New York theater

Staking a Position

Staking a Position

Professor Willis Jenkins (Grad ’06) takes a somewhat unorthodox approach in his "argument lab."

Infrequently Asked Questions

Infrequently Asked Questions

Even if you’re not physically strolling the Lawn, let this list of UVA fun facts bring you back, in multiple small ways, to life on Grounds.