Kiplinger's reporters review the University of Virginia, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson and is rich with history.
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Hi, I’m Jane Bennett Clark, Senior Associate Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Please join me on my tour of the University of Virginia, number three for Best Values in Public Colleges and Universities for 2008, 2009. How cool is it to go to a university designed by Thomas Jefferson? This is one of the covered walkways that keep students out of the rain. For high school seniors, it all begins at Peabody Hall which houses the admissions office. You have to be a top student to be accepted at this great public university. Students here are called Hoos, short for Wahoo’s, short for Wahoowa which is part of the university’s football cheer known as the gold old song. This is a side view of the famous Rotunda, modeled after the Parthenon. Jefferson designed it to be the focal point of what he envisioned as an academical village. The Rotunda used to be the only library. Now, Alderman Library is one of several where students gather to study. If you’re really an outstanding student, you can live in one of the student rooms that run along the green known as the Lawn. The nice thing about living in a room on the Lawn is that you have your own fireplace. The bad part is you have to go outside to get to the bathrooms. Here’s a student lounging on the Lawn; this is where graduating seniors walk every spring to get their diplomas. You can get a glimpse of the mountains from the terrace of the Rotunda and on the other side of the Rotunda, Mister Jefferson himself, or a son here call him TJ. Thanks for joining me on my tour of the University of Virginia. I’m Jane Bennett Clark, Senior Associate Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.