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Profile of the 1996 Entering Class The 361 students who entered the first year of law study at the University of Virginia in August 1996 were selected from a total of 3,782 applicants from 538 different colleges and universities. There were 189 Virginia residents; the remaining 172 came from 32 different states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Puerto Rico, and South Korea. There were 122 women students and 36 minority students.
Although widely differing approaches to college grading often serve to render comparative statements about undergraduate records misleading, it is significant that most students in this fall's entering class ranked in the upper 20 percent of their graduating classes. The median grade point average for the entering class was 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. (This computation does not include several students whose grades could not accurately be interpolated to a 4.0 scale.) The mean LSAT score was the 96th percentile. Many of these students also had completed advanced degree work. The average age was 25.
The Law School has continued its policy of giving preferred status to Virginia applicants, and a large number of highly qualified non-Virginians must be turned away for lack of space. A total of 1,033 Virginia residents applied for admission, compared with 2,749 out-of-state applicants.
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