A bustling college town situated within driving distance of the state and nation’s capitals, Charlottesville is a stellar community no matter what measurement is used.

In the past 10 years, our city has been awarded more than 70 accolades from a variety of publications and organizations, including:

  • World Wonders Photo Gallery - Virginia: Renaissance Land - National Geographic Traveler
  • The South's Best Small Towns 2017 (#3) - Southern Living magazine
  • Happiest Cities in America (#1 in physical, social well-being) - State of American Well-Being 2016, Gallup and Healthways
  • Happiest Cities in America (#5) - State of American Well-Being 2016, Gallup and Healthways magazine
  • Best Cities for Entrepreneurs (#4) - Entrepreneur magazine and Livability.com
  • Fastest Growing Venture Capital Ecosystem in the U.S. - National Venture Capital Association
  • Top 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S., 2016 (#21) - Livability.com
  • 20 College Towns We Love to Visit (#5) - Fodor's Travel
  • Happiest City in America – National Bureau for Economic Research
  • Best College Town in America – Traveler’s Today
  • Best Trail Running – Outside magazine
  • Healthiest Places to Live in America (#2) – Kiplinger’s
  • Top Ten Healthiest Cities for Women (#6) – American Health
  • America’s Healthiest Smallest Cities (#6) – DailyFinance.com
  • American’s Favorite Mountain Towns (#9) – Travel + Leisure magazine
  • Safest Mid-Sized Cities in the Country (#18) – Farmer’s Insurance
  • 100 Best Places to Live – Money magazine
  • Best Places to Work – Business Journals
  • Top “Brainiest” Metropolitan Areas – The Atlantic

Our campus locations on Ivy Road and Faulconer Drive are easily accessible to major roads including Rt. 250 and Rt. 64, and allow for easy access to our neighbor, the University of Virginia. Close proximity to world-class speakers, major cultural events and performances, and NCAA athletics allows our students to complement their classroom learning with an array of co-curricular opportunities. Our boarding students in particular benefit from being able to walk to attractions in Charlottesville, and enjoy weekend excursions around the city and region.