The University of Virginia is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was conceived and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and established in 1819.
Its initial Board of Visitors included former Presidents of the United States Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. This renowned presidential figure owned the initial site of the University, which was mostly farmland.
The University of Virginia is one of the eight original Public Ivy universities, and it is the only university campus in the United States that is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.