Jefferson’s University of Virginia was to be a modern, secular, science-centered university taught by scholars of distinction, with the students expected largely to govern themselves.
Through architecture, Jefferson hoped students would gain a sense of design, order and beauty.
Coy Barefoot (Grad '97) recounts how the University had to overcome determined opposition to come into existence.
The Magazine kicks off its series of retrospective pieces commemorating the UVA Bicentennial with a look back at Jefferson's dreams for his University’s future.
The Aviator was crafted to recognize UVA alum and French Air Service pilot James McConnell, whose plane went down in France in 1917. But it’s not your typical WWI memorial.
In a series of experiments in a lab on Grounds in 1977, pharmacology professor Alfred G. Gilman made a breakthrough that won him a Nobel Prize.
Faculty and alumni remember some true relics of University history: computer labs.
Caroyl Beddow Gooch's careful calculations of astronomical measurements helped McCormick Observatory become one of the world's top observatories in the mid-20th century.
Tour of some of the mysterious, historic—and empty—properties owned by the University.
Bernard Mayes had a long list of achievements before he even came to UVA But on Grounds, he is perhaps best remembered as a Cambridge gentleman in a tweed jacket who broke down barriers for gay students and colleagues alike.
A look at how UVA’s mascot has changed over time
Before embarking on a naval career that would send him to the North and South poles, Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd spent a year studying at UVA.
If you thought the sounds of the University Chapel's bells are made by an expert ringer toiling inside the steeple, think again.
Only some of Manning's ideas came to be, but he defined a way of thinking about growth at the University and raised important questions about building values.
The flag that hangs in JPJ Arena once covered the casket of a Vietnam veteran.
John Leys reflects on football and war.
In 1939 and 1953, students gave grand funerals for two beloved University dogs.
FDR delivers his famous “hand that held the dagger” speech in Mem Gym.
One of Raphael's most famous frescoes has enjoyed its own renaissance at the University.
Thomas Jefferson envisioned the Rotunda dome room not as a library but as a planetarium for teaching astronomy.