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Kathy Kayser
Each of the 37 residence halls had welcoming themes. Emmet dorm's was m&emmet. The plain and peanut candy posters were friendly additions to the building, as were the greeters who assisted first-years.

They arrived en masse Aug. 28 around 7:30 a.m. -- heavily laden families making their way along Alderman and McCormick Roads to the 37 first-year dorms that some 2,925 new students will call home for the coming school year.

The academic quality of this year's entering class is exceptionally high, said Dean of Admission John A. Blackburn. Eighty-two percent of the incoming students were ranked in the top 10 percent of their class; last year 79 percent were in the highest tenth. Twenty-two percent of the new students were in the top 1 percent of their class.

About 215 of the new students were class valedictorians in their high schools. Eleven students had perfect 1,600 scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT. Eighty-five had perfect 800 scores on the verbal part of the SAT, and 98 had perfect math scores. The mean SAT score was 1,307, the highest ever.

Kathy Kayser
Streams of students, friends and family members toted clothes, computers, carpets and other necessities into residence halls all day.

The new students will come from 46 states and 66 foreign countries. Admission officials anticipate that as many as 34 students will come from Korea, 23 from India, 15 from Canada, 14 from China and 12 from Pakistan. Eleven are expected from Turkey, nine from the Netherlands, nine from Taiwan, seven from Germany and six from Equador.

Two incoming U.Va. students secured more than $20,000 each from varied sources to pay for the cost of their college education. They are Tiffany Lyttle of Atlantic City, N.J., and Christopher Spillman of Virginia Beach. By writing essays and applying for scholarships, Lyttle earned $20,950 in scholarships from 11 different sources. Spillman garnered $20,250 from 13 granting institutions.

Winning scholarships isn't the only thing the two students have in common. Both grew up in single-family households and graduated from high school with a grade-point average of 4.3. Both plan to major in government and foreign affairs at U.Va.


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