What’s not to like about Virginia’s flagship university founded and designed by Thomas Jefferson? The Lawn is probably the most beautiful college quad in the country. Instate students are proud to be here, and only the lucky out-of-staters get to join them. With an undergraduate population of 16,000, school spirit is huge and academics are excellent at this state university that feels like a private school. Charlottesville is a medium sized town that supports the university while not being overwhelmed by it. While it was a bit cold as we walked around campus, it WAS January. I hear most of the year is sunny and warm.