Last Updated on January 17, 2023
University of Virginia Engineering School Overview
The School of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Virginia has an application deadline of Dec. 15. The application fee is $85 for U.S. residents and $85 for international students. Its tuition is full-time: $17,820 per year (in-state); full-time: $29,464 per year (out-of-state); part-time: $726 per credit (in-state); and part-time: $1,192 per credit (out-of-state). The 2020 Ph.D. student-faculty ratio is 4.7:1. The School of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Virginia has 161 full-time faculty on staff.
The University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science focuses research efforts in four broad areas: bioengineering, nanotechnology, information science and technology, and energy and environment. Graduate students at the school can partner with faculty exploring research areas ranging from tissue engineering to data mining at one of the 40 centers, institutes, and laboratories housed at the school’s Charlottesville campus.
These research centers include the Center for Applied Biomechanics, which studies the impact and injury caused by high speed automobile crashes, and the Center for Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy. The diverse range of research opportunities complements the degree offerings at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Graduate students can earn a master of science, master of engineering, or Ph.D. from one of the school’s 10 degree programs. Those departments include biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, and materials science engineering, among others. The school also offers an accelerated master’s degree in systems engineering, and a joint M.E./M.B.A. degree program.
In addition to classroom and research opportunities, graduate students at the University of Virginia can gain international experience through study abroad programs in places such as Germany, Argentina, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and France. Service learning opportunities in Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, and South Africa are also available to graduate engineering students. Students can also network with the engineering community through one of several professional societies with chapters on campus.
Notable alumni from the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science include Steve Huffman, cofounder of the social news site Reddit.com, and William Wulf, former president of the National Academy of Engineering.
University of Virginia 2022 Rankings
University of Virginia is ranked No. 38 (tie) in Best Engineering Schools. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. HOW WE RANK SCHOOLS
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University of Virginia Engineering School Data
University of Virginia Admissions
Application deadline (U.S. residents)Dec. 15Application fee (U.S. residents)$85Application deadline (international students)Dec. 15Application fee (international students)$85Admissions phone(434) 924-7991Admissions [email protected] URLWebsiteWebsiteWebsiteDirector of admissionsApplicants (master’s)Unlock these and 49 other Admissions data points with U.S. News Engineering School Compass »
University of Virginia Academics
Full-time faculty (tenured or tenure-track)161Ph.D. student/faculty ratio4.7:1Total graduate engineering enrollmentEnrollment (master’s)UNLOCK WITH COMPASS
University of Virginia Cost
Tuition (master’s, full-time)$17,820 per year (in-state)$29,464 per year (out-of-state)Tuition (master’s, part-time)$726 per credit (in-state)$1,192 per credit (out-of-state)Tuition (doctoral, full-time)$12,250 per year (in-state)$19,010 per year (out-of-state)Tuition (doctoral, part-time)N/AFinancial aid directorFinancial aid phone
Thornton Hall, the long-time home of the SEAS
In 1836, the Board of Visitors made civil engineering a formal course of study at the University of Virginia. At the time, there were just three institutions of higher learning in the U.S. wholly devoted to engineering instruction. With its 1836 resolution, the University of Virginia became the first enduring engineering program established in the South and the first in the nation at a comprehensive university.
In 2012, the Engineering School established the Department of Engineering and Society (E&S). Along with providing many of the foundational courses in the School’s curriculum, E&S is responsible for the following programs for undergraduates: the undergraduate thesis, the engineering business minor, the Washington, D.C. Science and Technology Policy Internship, Rodman Scholars, international studies, online courses, and hands-on activities such as the electric vehicle project.Markings along Engineer’s Way
Starting in 2015, a SEAS team led by mechanical engineering professor Eric Loth began research into a UVA design of offshore wind turbines that would potentially dwarf the size and scope of any being produced or researched anywhere else. The innovative design inspired by palm trees led to Roth being named to a Popular Science list of “The Brilliant Minds Behind The New Energy Revolution” in June of that year.
In 2018 and 2019, SEAS teams consisting of computer science undergraduates twice won the Alamo Cup and repeat national championships at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. This is the best known collegiate information security competition in the United States, and the University of Virginia won the 2019 competition over 235 competing universities.
Special Scholars and Societies
Clark Scholars Program
The A. James Clark Scholars Program was established in 2018 as the result of a $15 million gift from the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation in 2017. Clark Scholars are selected from underserved demographics for their academic excellence, track record of leadership, and commitment to community service. The inaugural cohort of 16, led in the 2018-2019 school year by Stephanie Gernentz, Joshua Arul, and Rachel Zhang, entered in June 2018.
Rodman Scholars Program
The Rodman Scholars Program, founded in 1979, consists of the top 5-6 percent of each class of engineering students.
The Society of P.R.I.
One of the many secret societies at U.Va., The Society of P.R.I. is exclusive to the SEAS community. It is known for honoring faculty, staff, and students for exceptional service to their respective communities.
Departments and Degree Programs
There are eight departments home to eleven degree programs.
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Engineering and Society
- Engineering Systems and Environment
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Undergraduate students at the U.Va. Engineering School may minor in applied math, engineering business, the history of science and technology, materials science and engineering, science and technology policy, technology and the environment, technology leaders and any variety of studies within the College of Arts & Sciences.
The School offers four online and collaborative programs: the Accelerated master’s degree in Systems Engineering, the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program, Engineers PRODUCED in Virginia and the MBA/ME Program.
Centers and Institutes
Listed are the Centers and Institutes associated with the School of Engineering and Applied Science:
- Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing
- Center for Applied Biomechanics
- Center for Automata Processing
- Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering
- Center for Research in Intelligent Storage and Processing in Memory
- Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems
- Center for Transportation Studies
- Center for Visual and Decision Informatics
- Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (CCALS)
- Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM)
- Environmental Resilience Institute
- Global Infectious Diseases Institute
- nanoSTAR Institute
- NSF I/UCRC Center for Laser & Plasma For Advanced Manufacturing (LAM)
- Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center (MATS UTC)
- Multi-Functional Integrated System Technology (MIST) Center
- NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST)
- Rolls-Royce University Technology Center
- Virginia Center for Grid Research
- UVA Center for Wireless Health