Class of 2008 is diverse, well-qualified
fall’s entering class appears to be both more diverse
and better qualified academically than last year’s,
according to preliminary admissions figures announced July
1 by the University.
of late June, African Americans and blacks from other countries
made up 10 percent of the 3,165 students who had accepted
U.Va.’s offer of admission, up from 9 percent last
year. Also increasing were the percentage of Asian and
Asian-American students (14 percent, up from 13 percent
last year) and Hispanic/Latino students (5 percent, up
from 3 percent).
test scores also were up. The combined SAT scores of the
middle 50 percent of the entering class were in a range
of between 1,250 and 1,430 points, an increase of 10 points
on each end of the range over last year’s class.
and quality are the two primary concerns of this office,
and the entering class is strong in both areas,” said
John A. Blackburn, dean of admission.
all, 15,245 students applied for admission to the Class
of 2008, and 5,763 were offered admission.
other class highlights:
percent of incoming students ranked in the top 10 percent
of their high school classes, down slightly from last year’s
85.1 percent. However, this year’s percentage is
based upon rankings as of the middle of the applicants’ senior
year; the final rankings are likely to be higher, Blackburn
again will make up 54 percent of the entering class, matching
last year’s proportion.
make up 66 percent of the class. More than half of the
students admitted into the honors programs in the College
of Arts & Sciences (Echols Scholars) and the School
of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Rodman Scholars) are
top six sources of international students: South Korea,
China, Turkey, India, Hong Kong, Canada.
students deferred their admissions offers to take a “gap
year,” down from 24 last year.
“My staff and I felt that this year was the most competitive we have seen
in the past 25 years, and the profile reflects our impressions,” Blackburn