The University Of Virginia
The University of Virginia pulled through the 1970s with a newly won reputationâ€”in the words of a national educational journal, "a first-rate institution according to all the traditional barometers of academic excellence." New buildings, new programs, and new advances in the arts and sciences, technology, engineering and architecture, athletics, and the library system helped the University of Virginia move from a school with regional stature into a full-scale university gaining national and international recognition.
With the nation's 1976 bicentennial in view, many argued that the Rotunda should be returned to Jefferson's original design. Students and alumni raised money for the cause. Renovated as closely as possible according to plans from the 1800s, a three-story Rotunda opened on the founder's birthday, April 13, 1976. To commemorate the anniversary of America's independence, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II strolled the University of Virginia Lawn and lunched in the Dome Room of the Rotunda, one of five American sites she visited publicly.
Alumni efforts and athletic success contributed to the growi...
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