College offers paranormal study opportunities

College Focus – The University of Virginia


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Even the campus has an aura of paranormal behavior.

Dulce Bernal Ortiz, Writer

Have you ever wanted to study the paranormal? Did you know you could do that in college?

The University of Virginia is a public university located in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was founded in the year 1819, by Thomas Jefferson, a few years after he served as President of the United States. The university is also one of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Sites, and the list of sites worldwide is just over 1,100, according to

The University of Virginia offers graduate and undergraduate studies and many undergraduate majors and minors, such as anthropology, chemical engineering, environmental science, politics, just to name a few. They also offer certificates and additional academic opportunities students can take. You can find all this information in more detail here:

This is one of the few schools that offers an opportunity to study for careers focused in parapsychology/psychical research. The campus offers classes that focus on mental psychic phenomena and everything that has to do with unexplainable phenomena.

According to U.S. News, the acceptance rate for the University of Virginia is around 23%, as well as an early acceptance rate of approximately 20.6%. High scores and GPA are needed to apply since The University of Virginia is a very competitive school. Around half of the applicants have an SAT score in between 1320 and 1510, and an ACT score in between 30 and 34.

It is recommended that students who plan on applying to the University of Virginia, take advanced classes in high school, like AP or IB classes, in order to better the chances at getting accepted, as well as increasing their GPA, which is needed. The application fee is $75.

Students who live in Virginia pay in-state tuition and fees around $19,698, with out-of-state tuition and fees to around $53,666. But financial aid is available for students who need it, and can come in the form of student grants, loans and scholarships.

Some of the most notable alumni from the University of Virginia include actress Tina Fey, mathematician and aerospace engineer Mary Jackson, former lawyer and politician Robert F. Kennedy, and, fittingly enough, writer Edgar Allen Poe.

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