University of Virginia

Undergraduate Record 1995-1996

Chapter 2:
Admission to the University of Virginia

General Admission Requirements

The University of Virginia practices a selective admission policy, seeking outstanding students from throughout the United States and abroad. The Admission Committee endeavors to provide the University community with an academically able, diverse, talented, and creative student body.

The committee seeks to balance the strength of a national student body with the importance of a university education for Virginia's best students. It does not otherwise enforce geographical quotas or observe geographical limitations. The committee does not consider financial need in any way when it evaluates applicants. The Office of Admission will provide upon request the annual published profile of the entering class.

Students coming directly from secondary school to the University are admitted in the fall semester to one of four undergraduate schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Architecture, or the School of Nursing. These four schools also admit transfer students. After two academic years of college-level work here or elsewhere, students may apply to enter the McIntire School of Commerce. Students may apply to the Curry School of Education after one or two years of College-level work. The Office of Admission receives and reviews applications for all six undergraduate schools and distributes information on all schools. Each school enforces its own college course requirements for transfer applicants; the Office of Admission will provide current descriptions of requirements upon request.

Admission for First Year Students

Demonstrated academic achievement in a challenging secondary school program is normally the primary criterion for admission to the first-year class. Outstanding grades, high rank in class, good performance in Advanced Placement and honors courses, and superior standardized test scores all help establish such a record. As the committee prefers applicants who have completed the most rigorous academic courses available in the secondary schools, prospective students should not be satisfied with the minimal graduation requirements. The secondary program should include no fewer than 16 academic courses and must include these courses:

English 4 units
Mathematics 4 units
Foreign Language 2 units
Science (from among biology, chemistry and physics) 2 units *
Social Studies 1 unit

* (3 units, including chemistry and physics, if applying to the School of Engineering and Applied Science.)

Because full-time students at the University take five academic courses each term, the committee recommends that students take no fewer than four and preferably five academic courses (English, math, history, science, and foreign language) in grades nine through twelve.

The Committee on Admission examines the application form for what it reveals about extracurricular successes, special talents and interests, goals, background, and the applicant's ability to write correct, concise English prose. A letter of recommendation from the secondary school is required.

Regular Decision The Admission Office distributes applications each fall for admission in the following September. All applications must be returned to the Admission Office by January 2 with a non-refundable application fee of $40. Candidates who qualify for waiver of the College Board ATP fee may request waiver of the application fee as well. For further information and an application for admission write: Office of Admission, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 9017, Charlottesville, VA 22906.

The committee requires first-year and transfer applicants to submit scores from the Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT I). Scores from the American College Testing Program (ACT) may be substituted. Also required are three subject tests from the SAT II (Writing; Math I or 2C; and either foreign language, science, or history). Applicants should have results of these tests reported to the Office of Admission directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J. or from the American College Testing Program in Iowa City, IA. For both first-year and transfer admission, the January test date is the last opportunity to complete the College Board testing and December is the last date for the ACT. Applicants should consult their high school guidance counselors for the appropriate registration deadlines, which generally precede the test dates by several weeks. Because SAT I and SAT II cannot be taken at the same sitting, applicants must register for two separate test dates. Students with a medically diagnosed learning disability are encouraged to take the SAT I or ACT on an untimed basis. For more information on special testing centers call the Educational Testing Service at (609) 921-3867 or the American College Testing Program at (319) 337-1332.

The Committee on Admission evaluates applications during the winter and early spring months and informs all candidates of its decisions on or about April 1. Candidates offered admission must respond by May 1. At that time, the University requires a $250 non-refundable tuition deposit to guarantee space in the entering class. If a student makes this deposit at an earlier date, it will be refunded upon written request until May 1.

Early Decision Secondary school students with outstanding records may want to consider the Early Decision Plan. Under this first-choice plan, applicants agree to attend the University if offered admission, and they must withdraw all applications from other institutions if accepted. About 20 percent of the first-year class is admitted under this program each year. The deadline for Early Decision application is November 1; the committee responds on December 1. If the committee does not offer admission on December 1, it automatically reconsiders the application in the spring and notifies the applicant in early April. The result of senior College Board or ACT tests and first-semester grades should be forwarded to the Admission Office.

Additional Information

The Office of Admission does not require personal interviews and does not use them in the evaluation process. The office welcomes visitors to the Grounds. In the summer and fall, information sessions are held twice a day during the week and once on Saturday mornings. During the winter, sessions are held once a day Monday through Friday. The University Guide Service conducts tours of the Grounds (beginning at the East Wing of the Rotunda) following each group talk when classes are in session. Engineering students also conduct tours of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Reservations are not necessary for either the information sessions or the tours, which are especially directed toward prospective students. For specific times and locations of these activities, please call or write the Office of Admission which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, throughout the year. All admission sessions and tours of the University of Virginia are accessible to individuals using wheelchairs. Call the Office of Admission or the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, (804) 924-3736, to request an interpreter for the hearing-impaired.

Jefferson Scholars

Sponsored by the University of Virginia Alumni Association, the Jefferson Scholars Program awards scholarships on the basis of personal merit to approximately 20 outstanding students each year. Selection of Jefferson Scholars begins with nominations from designated schools in 24 geographical areas around the country by November 1. Every secondary school in the Commonwealth of Virginia is eligible to nominate a student to the competition. In 1995-96, the 16 regions outside the Commonwealth are Boston, Massachusetts; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Delaware; Georgia; Kentucky; Long Island, New York; Louisiana; Maryland; Memphis, Tennessee; Nashville, Tennessee; New York, New York; Northeast Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Texas; and Westchester, New York/Fairfield, Connecticut. Additionally, all out-of-state applicants to U.Va. from schools outside the designated regions whose completed applications are received by January 2 will automatically be considered. Candidates are screened by the Program's Regional Selection Committees, and finalists from all areas assemble at the University in March for four days of interviews, seminars, exams, and social activities. The criteria for selection are excellence in the Jeffersonian ideals of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Scholarship recipients receive an amount sufficient to cover the entire cost of attending the University for four years. Eligible schools will be notified of details of the 1996 selection process in the fall of l995. For further information write to Director, Jefferson Scholars Program, P.O. Box 3446, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

Echols Scholars

Approximately 170 students in each entering class who exhibit exceptional academic prowess and self-direction are invited to enter the Echols Scholars Program, begun in 1960 and named for a distinguished professor, the late William Holding Echols. The Program provides both a first-year living experience and a group of academic benefits, the chief of which is freedom. First-year Echols Scholars live together in a dormitory with students from a similar program in the Engineering School, the Rodman Scholars. Echols Scholars need not complete the area requirements or declare a major for graduation. They simply complete 120 credits of approved academic coursework. Scholars receive extensive special advising from the various academic departments, from an individual faculty member assigned to each one, and from one another. A dean for Special Scholars advises participants in the Program on a close and continuing basis. A social committee arranges events for Scholars of all four years, and a newsletter and E-mail network provide contact among Scholars.

The Admission Office identifies potential Echols Scholars prior to their entrance into the University. Although there are no absolute criteria for participation, Echols Scholars generally come from the top five percent of the entering class; they are avid learners who demonstrate intellectual and personal liveliness as well as strong academic performance. They will have done very well in the strongest programs their schools offer. Most enter the College with a semester of AP credit. Students not chosen for the Program upon entry into the University may apply during the second or third semester.

Rodman Scholars

Named for Walter S. Rodman, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1933 to 1946, the Rodman Scholars program selects students on the basis of demonstrated and potential leadership qualities as well as scholarship. Participation is by invitation only. The program has its primary emphasis in the first two years of study, in which the scholars take special courses in design, communications, and computers. The first-year scholars live in a dormitory set aside for Rodman Scholars and Echols Scholars of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission for Transfer Students

The University welcomes applications for admission from students who have attended other accredited institutions of higher education. The application deadline for the fall semester is March 1. A limited number of transfer students are accepted for the spring semester only to the College of Arts and Sciences. The application deadline is November 1. All transfer applicants must submit high school and college transcripts as well as results of the SAT I or ACT with a $40 non-refundable application fee. Applications and credentials should be sent to the Dean of Admission, P.O. Box 9017, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22906.

Additional transfer admission information for each of the follows.

College of Arts and Sciences

Transfer Requirements  In every case, an applicant for transfer admission must be in good academic and social standing at any college which he or she is currently attending or has previously attended, and must be eligible to return there. To be competitive for admission, it is recommended that a transfer student have a cumulative grade point average of B+ or better in all college work attempted and have completed the area requirements stated in Chapter 6.

The College of Arts and Sciences requires a minimum academic residence of two years to receive a degree. A student transferring after one year of college is expected to have completed at least 24 credits; a student transferring after two years of college is expected to have completed at least 54 credits. In no case will the student be permitted to count more than 66 credits completed elsewhere toward the degree. All students are expected to complete the degree in a timely fashion, normally within eight semesters. For transfer students, the eight semesters include those spent at other institutions.

Intra-University Transfers Into The College  The opportunity to transfer into the College is not assured. With space in the College very limited, students seeking to transfer into the College compete for available space by applying in February for the following academic year. All students must therefore complete at least two semesters at the University in the school in which they initially enroll.

Transfer Credit  Admitted transfer students receive transfer credit for any course that corresponds to one in our curriculum, and in which a grade of C or better has been received. Courses taken at an institution which uses the pass-fail grading system and in which a grade of "passing" or better has been received are transferred with full credit only after verification that the passing grade represents work at the C level or better. No credit will be allowed for correspondence courses or work passed elsewhere by examination.

Courses submitted for transfer credit are evaluated by the Dean of the College prior to registration and transfer students are notified in writing regarding transfer credit granted. Once admitted to the College prior permission from the Dean's Office is required in order to apply transfer credits toward the B.A.

School of Architecture

Transfer Requirements  The School of Architecture welcomes properly qualified transfer students from other colleges and universities. An applicant for transfer admission must be in good academic and social standing at his/her present college, and must be eligible to return there.

To be competitive for admission, it is recommended that a transfer student have a cumulative grade point average of B+ or better in all college work attempted and have completed courses in the following areas: English, mathematics (calculus), natural science (physics is recommended), social science, and humanities. Evidence of interest in the profession is also considered.

A minimum academic residence of two years is required for a degree in the School of Architecture. Also, summer session study at the University is sometimes required of transfer applicants.

Transfer Credit  Credit toward a degree is allowed for comparable work to courses offered at the University if such work has been completed in an accredited college. Credit is not granted for work completed elsewhere with a grade less than C or its equivalent. The Dean of the School of Architecture governs the awarding of transfer credit. In no case will more than 66 transfer credits be applied to an undergraduate degree for the School of Architecture.

McIntire School of Commerce

Transfer Requirements   A student who wishes to transfer to the School of Commerce from another institution must have completed two years of college work and must have maintained a scholastic average which in the opinion of the admission committee predicts successful work at the University. A minimum grade point average of B+ is recommended. Applicants for transfer from other institutions are accepted for September admission only and must file their applications by March l. Students seeking admission to the School of Commerce must have completed a minimum of 54 credits of work prior to enrollment in the fall. The 54 credits should include the following courses:

Introductory Accounting 6 credits
(two courses)
Principles of Economics 6 credits
(two courses)
English Composition [1] 3 credits
(one course)
Mathematics [2] 6 credits
(two courses)
Computer Programming [3]3 credits
(one course)
Public Speaking [4] 3 credits
(one course)
Humanities/Fine Arts [5]3-6 credits
Foreign Language [5]0-14 credits
Social, natural/physical science [5]0-3 credits

[1]  An additional three credits of English writing (not necessarily an English course) is suggested (not required) before admission.
[2]   Three credits in statistics (from a department of mathematics) and three credits in either calculus or probability.
[3]   BASIC, PASCAL, FORTRAN, or C++ is recommended.
[4]   May be completed after admission during the third year only.
[5]  Requirements as defined in the Record,  College of Arts and Sciences chapter, area requirements section. Three humanities credits are required prior to enrollment. Three additional credits of humanities along with three credits of social, natural/physical sciences will be required before graduation and may be taken either before or after admission to the McIntire School. The foreign language requirement applies to students entering the McIntire School beginning in 1996. The public speaking, humanities and foreign language prerequisites may, under unusual circumstances be completed during the third year.

Transfer Credit   Credit toward a degree will be allowed for approved work completed in an accredited college or university or in other schools of this University upon presentation of a satisfactory transcript of record. However, no credit will be given for a required upper-level commerce course unless such course is taken in the School of Commerce. No adjustment of transfer credit will be made after the student's first semester in the School of Commerce.

In general, credit will not be granted for:

  1. Work completed with grade less than C;
  2. Work completed elsewhere by re-examination;
  3. Correspondence or home study courses;
  4. Business courses beyond the elementary courses in accounting and principles of economics; or
  5. More than one credit of physical or health education courses.

Curry School of Education

Transfer Requirements  Students who wish to transfer to the University of Virginia apply directly through the Office of Admission (Miller Hall), preferably for admission to the second year class. Transferring into the third year in Teacher Education requires attendance in summer school prior to the fall term. Individuals interested in teacher education enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a secondary emphasis in Teacher Education. Students wishing programs in Communication Disorders or Physical Education (including teaching or sports medicine) should enroll directly in the Curry School of Education. To be competitive for admission, it is recommended that a transfer student have a cumulative grade point average of B+ or better. Also, the applicant should have completed coursework in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and physical education (refer to the section on the Curry School of Education for detailed information about required courses), and submit SAT I or ACT scores by March 1.

Transfer Credit   Transfer credit is allowed for general education courses that correspond to ones offered at the University. A transfer course must be equivalent in credit value and course content (including level at which taught) and the student must have received a grade of at least C. Courses corresponding to our general education courses taken at an institution using the pass/fail grading system and on which a grade of "passing" or better has been received are transferred with full credit. Transfer is generally not allowed for work passed elsewhere by re-examination. Once a student is enrolled in the Curry School, all additional transfer credit must be approved prior to its completion elsewhere. Official evaluation of transfer credit is done by the Dean of the School of Education, or the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for BA/MT students.

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Transfer Requirements  In every case, an applicant for transfer admission must be in good academic and social standing at any College which he or she is currently attending or has previously attended, and must be eligible to return there. A transfer student should have maintained at least a B+ average, or the equivalent, in previous college work. An applicant for transfer admission should have completed course work in the following areas prior to enrollment at the University:

Calculus at least eight credits
Chemistry at least four credits of general college chemistry (including lab)
Physics at least four credits of calculus-based college physics
English Composition three credits
Computer Science three credits of introductory computer programming (FORTRAN or C++ is preferred)

In evaluating the academic records of transfer applicants, special attention will be given to performance in mathematics and science courses.

Transfer Credit   A student is granted transfer credit for any course that corresponds to one in the School of Engineering's curriculum, which is equivalent in content and credit value to the corresponding course, and in which a grade of C or better has been received. No credit will be allowed for work passed elsewhere by re-examination.

Courses submitted for transfer credit are evaluated prior to fall registration, and transfer students are notified in writing of transfer credit granted upon arrival.

School of Nursing

An applicant for transfer admission to the School of Nursing must be in good standing at any college which he/she is currently attending or has previously attended, and must be eligible to return there.

An applicant must have completed at least 30 credits of prerequisite course work and maintained a scholastic average (a cumulative grade point average of B or better is recommended) which in the opinion of the Committee on Admission is indicative of successful work at the University.

Selection of applicants to the School of Nursing is competitive, based primarily on scholastic ability demonstrated by academic records of pre-nursing study, secondary school records, and scores on the SAT I or ACT.

General Education Requirements (30 credits required)
English Composition  -- 3 credits -- required for students except those who are exempt from the requirement by scoring 660 or higher on the SAT II Subject Test in Writing or 4 or 5 on the English AP Test. (Students who are exempt from English Composition must take an additional 3 credit elective.)

Second Writing Requirement  -- 3 credits -- A second course with extensive writing assignments is required of all students. In most cases, students will take this course at the University.

Natural Science and Math  -- 12 credits -- Anatomy and Physiology are recommended. Other acceptable courses include mathematics, chemistry, physics, genetics, environmental science, geology, and ecology. Students considering graduate education are encouraged to take statistics.

Social Science and History  -- 9 credits -- acceptable courses include history, government, psychology, sociology, economics, Western civilization, political science, and anthropology.

Humanities and Fine Arts  -- 9 credits -- acceptable courses include philosophy, ethics, public speaking, art, religion, music, drama, and foreign languages.

Electives  -- 17 or more credits to total 53 credits.

Note: Three courses (up to 7 credits) in Physical Education or Skills courses such as studio art or music performance may be counted toward these elective credit requirements.

Non-traditional Nursing Programs  Registered nurses who have completed required general education prerequisite courses may apply for transfer admission to a program in the School of Nursing which leads to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

A student holding a baccalaureate degree in another major may also apply to the School of Nursing for an innovative program leading to the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing. A full year of anatomy and physiology is required for admission to this program, as well as results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Questions regarding specific admission requirements for these programs may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Nursing.

Transfer Credit  On presentation of an official transcript, students accepted for transfer to the School of Nursing will be granted transfer credit for academic course work taken at an accredited institution if the grade earned was at least a C or better. Questions regarding acceptability of specific general education courses for transfer should be referred to the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs. Questions about transfer of nursing courses should be directed to the Office of the Associate Dean.

Application Procedures  Transfer students applying for admission after one year of college level work enter the School of Nursing at the start of the regular academic session in the fall.

Interview  A personal interview with a member of the faculty or staff of the School of Nursing is not required but is recommended for informational purposes. Appointments may be made with the Office of Student Affairs by calling (804) 924-0068.

International Student Admission

Since 1826 when the first international student was enrolled, the University of Virginia has accepted among its responsibilities a commitment to international students by providing opportunities to citizens from other areas of the world to study, teach, and share the atmosphere of Jeffersonian freedom. The University considers the admission of qualified students from other countries a part of its educational program. International students enhance the life of the University and contribute to the education and personal growth of American students and faculty members.

Language Requirement  In addition to meeting the admission requirements outlined in the previous sections, international students must have an outstanding command of the English language in order to be enrolled at the University. Since the University does not have a program of intensive English language study, and since English is the language of instruction for all classes and exams, and written papers must be submitted in English, applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate their proficiency in English. A score, not more than two years old, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted as part of the application for admission. Most admitted students score at least 600. The TOEFL exam is required of all applicants if the language first learned and spoken in the home is not English. This is true regardless of the number of years of instruction in English or if English is the "official" language of the applicant's home country.

In addition to the TOEFL exam, successful applicants whose first or native language is not English must take the Virginia English Proficiency Exam soon after their arrival at the University. This test is administered to new students during the first week of classes. Test results are used to determine whether or not supplemental classes in one or more of the language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) is advisable for the student's academic program. This test is required of all non-native speakers of English regardless of their TOEFL score or their previous experience using English.

Visa Information  The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has authorized the University of Virginia to issue visa documents appropriate for the F-1 (student) and J-1 (exchange visitor) non-immigrant status. Following academic admission to a University degree program, the Office of International Student and Scholar Programs reviews the language, financial, and visa qualifications of the applicant. If all documentation is in order, and if the applicant so requests, a "Certificate of Eligibility" (I-20 or IAP-66) is issued to the prospective student. This document must be submitted to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, along with a passport and other indications of purpose while in the United States, to request a visa to apply for entry to the United States as a student. The University does not issue a Certificate of Eligibility for part-time study or for English language study only.

Most students enter the United States using an F-1 visa. The J-1 visa is appropriate for students receiving a significant portion of their financial support from a government agency, international foundation, or other educational sponsor. Students in the United States on F-1 and J-1 status must maintain full-time student status during the fall and spring semesters.   They must attend, for at least one semester, the institution which issued the Certificate of Eligibility used to apply for entry into the United States. Transfer from one institution to another requires prior INS authorization. A prospective international student must have an appropriate, current, valid and legal non-immigrant status before he/she can be offered final admission to the University of Virginia.

International students should not plan to enter the United States on the tourist, B-2 visa if they wish to pursue a full course of academic study. Transfer from one visa type to another while in the United States is not always possible. If visa documents are delayed by the postal service, it may be possible to obtain a B-2, Prospective Student visa. Students always should consult with a U.S. consular officer in the home country for the most current information on visa regulations.

All non-immigrant visas carry restrictions about employment and length of stay in the United States.  Read carefully the Certificate of Eligibility before accepting a particular status. Students must be willing and able to abide by the regulations for the visa status they accept. INS visa regulations are subject to frequent change and re-interpretation by Service personnel. It is the foreign national's duty to keep him/herself informed of all current visa regulations and to be responsible for maintaining valid status according to INS regulations.

Tuition/Fees  Non-immigrant students pay the out-of-state full tuition rate (estimated at $14,000 for the 1995-96 academic year).

Living Expenses  The estimated cost for housing, food, books and supplies, health and personal items, etc., is $600 per month for a single student. This does not include expenses of travel to and from the United States, tourist excursions, furniture, or luxury items such as automobiles and computer equipment. Basic expenses for the support of dependents (husband/wife/children) living in Charlottesville are additional.

Financial Certification  Eligibility for a student or exchange visitor visa requires that the applicant demonstrate sufficient financial resources. The minimum required by the University of Virginia is $21,000 for 1995-96. An additional $6,000 for spouse and $2,500 for each child is necessary if you wish to bring dependents to Charlottesville. The Office of International Student and Scholar Programs requires an acceptable financial guarantee prior to issuing the "Certificate of Eligibility." Note that the established minimum may not be adequate to maintain the lifestyle to which you are accustomed; however, it is considered sufficient for a basic, comfortable existence.

Financial Assistance  No financial awards are made to undergraduates for the first year. International students generally may not accept part time employment off campus during the first year of study. If students must have full financial support to study abroad, they should investigate the possibility of awards offered through home governments, international foundations, and other sources. U.S.I.A. libraries and bi-national commissions in various countries can sometimes offer suggestions. Although excellent students are eligible to apply for financial aid after the first year, funds have not been generally available to international students.

Transfer of Funds   The transfer of funds from the home country to the United States may be governed by restrictions. The applicant must be fully informed of the local regulations and process for transfer. Since there may be a considerable delay in the process of transfer, early planning is vital. University expenses must be paid at the beginning of each semester. To avoid unnecessary trouble, bring sufficient ready funds with you on arrival to pay tuition, housing, and insurance. This may amount to several thousand dollars. Bring traveler or cashier's checks in U.S. currency. You need to open an account with a local bank in Charlottesville to accept transferred funds from home.

Employment   The University of Virginia cannot admit an international student who is unable to show evidence of adequate financial support. The Immigration and Naturalization Service of the U.S. government restricts the employment of non-immigrant students and scholars. Work without prior INS authorization is prohibited and may carry severe penalties. F-2 dependents are not eligible to request permission to work nor to accept employment of any kind.

Family Considerations   Due to the high cost of living in Charlottesville, students wishing to bring their dependent spouse and children must give thorough consideration to the added expense. Dependents are not generally permitted to accept employment. Because of this, students may find that they cannot support a family while studying at the University and must be prepared to leave the family in the home country.

Health Care and Insurance  Medical care in the United States is very expensive and paid for privately. To protect against a possible medical debt arising from the need for emergency or sustained medical treatment, all students are required to purchase a basic accident and sickness hospitalization insurance plan.   The yearly cost for a single student is about $650. Family coverage is more expensive but is strongly recommended. Insurance can be purchased in Charlottesville or in your home country. It does not pay for regular eye and dental care, nor for routine physical examinations and office visits.

University students, who are enrolled and are paying either full or partial required fees, can use the out-patient medical facilities of the University's Student Health office, free of charge. Family members are not eligible to participate. The University hospital is located conveniently on the Grounds and has extensive emergency facilities as well as private physicians and clinics for specialists and routine family care.

English As A Second Language (ESL) Programs  At the present time the University of Virginia does not have an intensive English program for non-native speakers. However, non-credit supplementary courses in advanced writing and oral work are offered to assist students who are registered full-time in University programs and who want additional help with their English. Some international students may be required to attend these courses in addition to their regular classes. Further information may be obtained by contacting Professor Marion Ross, Director of Programs in English as a Second Language, Brooks Hall, P.O. Box 9024, Charlottesville, VA 22906-9024.

Advanced Placement Programs

The University of Virginia participates in the College Board's Advanced Placement Program by awarding advanced standing (course exemption and academic credits) or advanced placement (course exemption without credits) to entering students who have made specified scores on Advanced Placement (A.P.) tests taken prior to matriculation at the University of Virginia or any other college. Students may receive credit in any academic discipline in which an A.P. test is offered. (See chart).

The faculties of the appropriate academic departments of the University establish policies for advanced placement and advanced standing in each discipline. Faculty members examine A.P. tests closely, and students will find that course exemptions and placement awarded on the basis of A.P. test scores correspond well with their level of progress in A.P. subject areas. Accepted students should have A.P. score reports sent directly to the Office of Admission at the University (College Code 5820) in the summer following the senior year of high school.

Course exemptions also can be gained with certain scores on the SAT II in writing and foreign language. The University does not award credit or placement based on College-Level Examinations Program (C.L.E.P.) tests.

Questions regarding advanced placement policies and procedures should be directed to the Office of Admission, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 9017, Charlottesville, VA 22906.

Advanced Placement Test Score Policies  Unless otherwise noted, exemption and credit awards apply equally to the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Architecture and the School of Nursing. Students who take a course at the University for which they have already received credit via an advanced placement examination will have the advanced placement credit deleted from their academic record.

In addition to the above Advanced Placement Test Score policies, the College of Arts and Sciences awards advanced standing (course exemption and academic credits) to entering students for qualifying scores on a variety of advanced examinations if such examinations are taken before matriculation at U.Va. or another college. Among such examinations are the International Baccalaureate, the General Certificate of Equivalency (GCE) A-level, the French Baccalaureate,  and the German Abitur.

Course exemptions and credits are awarded based upon the recommendation of the specific academic departments within the College and determinations made by the College Dean.

Accepted students should have score reports sent directly to the Office of Admission at the University in the summer following the final year of secondary school study.

SAT II Subject Test Placement

A score of 660 or higher on the SAT II Writing Test exempts a student from the introductory expository writing course (ENWR 101) required by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Architecture. No credits are awarded.

Foreign Language
The College of Arts and Sciences requires foreign language proficiency equivalent to four semesters of college language study. FRENCH, GERMAN, and ITALIAN courses follow the sequence 101, 102, 201, 202 through the first four semesters. Placement in these languages is determined by SAT II Subject test scores as follows:

SAT II Scores Placement
400 or belowGerman 101
410 - 490German 102
500 - 590German 201
600 - 610German 202
620 and abovelanguage requirement is fulfilled
SAT II ScoresPlacement
400 or belowFrench 101/Italian 101
410-490French 102/Italian 102
500-560French 201/Italian 201
570-610French 202/Italian 202
620 and abovelanguage requirement is fulfilled.
SAT II Scores Placement
450 or belowLatin 101
460 - 540Latin 103
550 - 610Latin 201
620 and abovelanguage requirement is fulfilled
SAT II ScoresPlacement
If more than two years of high school Spanish and:
Below 500Spanish 106
Regardless of high school Spanish study, if:
500 - 560 Spanish 201
570 - 610Spanish 202
620 and abovelanguage requirement is fulfilled

Russian:  Students should consult the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures which administers its own placement exam for courses beyond Russian 101.

Note:  The College Board will recenter SAT II scores beginning in April 1995. However, students entering the University in the fall of 1995 who take the recentered exams will have their scores converted to pre-recentering numbers in order to conform with scores made by the majority of students entering in fall 1995.

Recentered SAT II scores will be recognized for students entering the University in the fall of 1996.

Student Retention Information

The majority of students who enter the University of Virginia graduate after four years of study. Approximately 80 percent of the undergraduate students fall into this category. Other undergraduate students decide to take a leave of absence for a semester or longer because they wish to travel, work, or take advantage of other opportunities. Many of these students later return to the University and graduate, so that approximately 92 percent of the students who enter the University as first year students eventually graduate.

Admission as a Special Student

Special students may be accepted into all schools of the University and the Division of Continuing Education, as detailed in each school's section of this Record. Admission as a special student does not imply or guarantee admission to a degree program in an undergraduate of graduate school of the University. Admission to undergraduate schools my be offered only by the Dean of Undergraduate Admission, and to graduate programs only by Deans of Graduate Admission of each of the individual graduate schools. (Special Students in the Division of Continuing Education should refer to Chapter 12.)

Undergraduate degree candidates at other institutions wishing to attend the University of Virginia full-time should submit a detailed academic program for the year, a letter from a member of the appropriate school's faculty willing to serve as academic advisor, and evidence of sponsorship at their home institution, including confirmation of the contribution that study at the University will make to their attainment of academic goals there. A current transcript and other records of academic achievement should accompany these materials.

Written request for admission as a special student should be addressed to the dean of the school to which admission is sought, and should be submitted by August 1 for admission for the fall semester. New special students are not accepted for the spring semester.

Part-time Degree Program  The College of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Architecture (only programs in Architectural History and Planning), Engineering and Applied Science, and Nursing offer part-time degree programs. Prospective students follow the same application procedures required for the full-time program. Arts and Sciences, Architecture, and Engineering and Applied Science require students to have completed two years of college work and be eligible to enter in the third-year class. Nursing restricts the part- time program to Registered Nurses only. Students admitted to Arts and Sciences are ineligible for Intermediate Honors and the Dean's List; they are also relieved of meeting the usual Good Standing criteria, since their satisfactory progress is assessed on an individual basis. Good Standing within the major is, however, an expectation for continuation as a part-time degree student in Arts and Sciences.

Summer Session

The Summer Session is an integral part of the University year, and the courses offered in it are similar in character to courses given in the regular session and have the same credit value. Candidates should be graduates of accredited high schools or have had an equivalent preparation. Admission to the Summer Session does not constitute admission to the regular session in September. Inquiries concerning Summer admission should be addressed to the Director of the Summer Session, 210 Miller Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

The Summer Foreign Language Institute  offers intensive nine week courses in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish in a total immersion environment. Students live with members of the teaching staff in special language houses, where six hours of daily classroom instruction are supplemented by activities in the target language. Introductory courses carry 12 credits and satisfy the language requirement at the University. For further information, contact the Director of the Foreign Language Institute, 210 Miller Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

Admission Timetable

AugustAdmission Office begins to distribute applications for admission for the following year.
November 1Deadline for Early Decision applications.
Deadline for spring transfer applications (College of Arts and Sciences only).
December 1Notification date for Early Decision applicants. Candidates not admitted during early decision will automatically be considered for regular decision.
Approximate date of notification of spring transfer applicants.
Last dates to take required standardized tests.
January 2Deadline for Regular Decision applications and for receipt of $40 non-refundable application fee.
March 1Deadline for fall transfer applications (all schools).
April 1Notification date for first-year applicants.
April 15Approximate date of notification of fall transfer applicants.
May 1Reply date for candidates accepting offers of admission. Non-refundable $250 deposit also due.