The UVA Department of Computer Science is a nationally recognized leader in computer science research and education. Our department includes over 60 faculty members, over 200 graduate students and 1400 undergraduates. Faculty are active in fundamental computer science and engineering research and are engaged in interdisciplinary initiatives with scientists, humanists, engineers in other disciplines and medical personnel. Our graduate students transition from students to collaborators through participation in world-class research projects. Our undergraduates are involved in research and are enriched by an integrated and challenging curriculum.

  • Why UVA Computer Science?

    Why UVA CS?

    The Research: Our excellent students work with highly motivated faculty on current and important problems. They receive great mentorship and individual attention, due in part to a smaller student/faculty ratio than other leading schools. Our department takes pride in its uniquely collegial culture of collaboration and cooperation, treating our graduate students as colleagues and partners in research. Most importantly, our students enjoy the benefits of a very strong and focused research program. For example, according to the US News and World Report, the school's research budget per Ph.D. student surpasses leading schools such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, UIUC, and CMU. This strength reflects our focus on leading-edge experimental systems and applied research. While our admission is selective to maintain excellence, it is our policy to guarantee funding to all accepted Ph.D. students.

    The Teaching: We have a commitment to excellence in instruction, with a world-class undergraduate curriculum that has been adopted by many departments around the country. We are re-designing our graduate curriculum to meet the needs of today's students, with reduced course loads, more seminars, small classes to enable serious faculty/student interaction, a strong focus on building complex systems, and immediate involvement in research.

    The People: We have a diverse yet close-knit student body, serious about work but able to have fun. Faculty, staff, and students interact socially both inside and outside the department. Various department-sponsored activities -- such as the montly afternoon socials with staff, faculty, and students -- complement student-run activities including lunches and area outings -- to foster a uniquely friendly and collegial atmosphere. Our students are motivated and nurtured for excellence, and leave our program in high demand by industry. Our senior faculty provide extraordinary contacts, and we have had superb success recruiting excellent junior faculty. In an era of extraordinarily competitive markets for top talent, the best young faculty in the nation are choosing Virginia; something's going on here!

    The Community: The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, which has been recognized as one (#22) of the top 100 places to live in America by Livability.com. Built by Thomas Jefferson, the University enjoys a unique historical significance in the nation. Its picturesque surroundings, overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains, are rich with history, natural beauty, and recreation opportunities. These include hiking, biking, canoeing, horseback riding, and many others. A mid-sized college town, Charlottesville combines the amenities of larger cities with student campus lifestyle and the charm and safety of smaller towns.

  • Associations and Groups

    Associations and Groups

    Computing and Mathematical Societies


    Student Groups


    Student Organizations



    UVA Clubs and Organizations
  • Clubs

    Please visit this page to learn more about the Computer Science related clubs.

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  • CS Computing Help & Support

    Computer Science Support Wiki

    This Wiki has information on nearly everything we do - all the computing services and policies provided by the UVA Computer Science Department (not UVA's ITS). There are also answers to some of the most common support requests we receive. If you do not find your answer here, please send mail to cshelpdesk@virginia.edu.

    Only CS Staff have access to this wiki. Your CS account is for access to servers and other computing resources, you don't need to log in to this website.

    Computer Science Support Wiki >>
  • CS Calendar of Events

  • Diversity


    The Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia is committed to an environment where a diversity of capable, inspired individuals congregate, interact and collaborate to learn and advance knowledge without barriers.

    We embrace this vision because:

    • We wish to be leaders and role models in reaping and sharing the benefits of diversity.
    • We seek to enhance the intellectual and creative environment of our department.
    • We expect to produce happier, more capable and more broadly educated computer science graduates.


    Find out more about Diversity in CS >>
  • Industrial Advisory Board

    Industrial Advisory Board

    We gratefully acknowledge the support of these sponsors

    Industrial Advisory Board
  • Visit Us

"Our beautiful physical environment, rich intellectual environment, high caliber of graduate and undergraduate students, proximity to funding agencies, and collegial culture puts us among the great computer science departments in the nation for faculty and graduate student research and doctoral education."

Kevin Sullivan, Associate Professor of Computer Science