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semester commences Sept. 1
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
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
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.
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.
of students, friends and family members toted clothes, computers,
carpets and other necessities into residence halls all day.
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.
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.
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.