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The New Student's Reference Work/Virginia, University of

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Virginia, University of, an institution of higher learning (undenominational) at Charlottesville, Va., near Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, who was much interested in it and was its rector (1819-26). It has an attractive group of buildings, planned by Jefferson, its rotunda being modelled after the Roman Pantheon. Today the university comprises 25 schools, grouped into two academic and four professional departments, its courses being purely elective. It awards no honorary degrees, only those conferred upon examination after residence. These embrace the degrees of bachelor of arts and master of arts, doctorates of philosophy, law and medicine; it also gives courses in civil, mechanical, electrical and mining engineering. It has an income of about $160,000 yearly. In 1906 it had 725 attending students, with 75 professors and instructors. Its library contains 60,000 volumes.