Originally Posted by alnorth
random weird fact I didn't know until now. The United States of America has 21 World Heritage Sites. One of them is the campus of the University of Virginia, the only university in the US with that designation. I assume there's got to be a reason for that.
UVA was the first nonsectarian university in the country, it was founded and designed by Thomas Jefferson, and was basically the living blueprint for all subsequent state universities. It's a very interesting story.