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That's what people on this board have never gotten: U.Va.

has much more in common with William & Mary or Cornell than it is has with UNC or Virginia Tech.

Some like that. Some don't. There are good arguments on both sides. But the reality is that if you walk around Charlottesville and Grounds, you'd feel a lot more like you were in Ithaca or Williamsburg than you'd feel like you were in Blacksburg or Chapel Hill.

U.Va., like W&M and Cornell, has a private school atmosphere even though all 3 schools are "public"...though Cornell is only "public" for certain programs and schools in terms of giving NY kids preference for tuition discounts.

Virginia Tech and UNC are definite state schools with state school atmospheres.

This gulf in atmospheres has only gotten deeper in the past decade.

U.Va. has a lot of wealthy kids and some poor kids who get a lot of financial aid/scholarships. There aren't a lot of middle class/working class kids on Grounds. This is the Ivy League financial model. U.Va. and W&M have turned to this model in the past decade.

UNC and VPI still have a lot of middle class/working class kids on campus. That is the traditional state school model....a variety of kids from all financial backgrounds/parts of the state.

(In response to this post by HowieT3)

Posted: 07/17/2017 at 5:05PM


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