2: Admission to the University of Virginia

General Admission Requirements | Admission for First Year Students
Additional Information | Jefferson Scholars | Echols Scholars | Rodman Scholars
Admission for Transfer Students | International Student Admission
Advanced Placement Programs | Dual Enrollment | Student Retention Information
Special Student Information | Summer Session | Admission Timetable

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:
English4 units
Mathematics4 units
Foreign Language2 units
Science (from among biology, chemistry and physics)2 units[1]
Social Studies1 unit

[1] (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 Office of Admission 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. You may also call (804) 982-3200 or e-mail undergrad-admission@virginia.edu.

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 IC 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) 921-9000 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 n on-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 applica tions from other institutions if accepted. Some 25 percent of the first-year class is admitted under this program each year. The deadline for early decision application is November 1; the Committee on Admission responds by December 1. The committee may de ny admission, offer admission, or defer admission until the regular decision process, which ends on April 1. Once deferred, candidates are no longer bound by the Early Decision Plan and may freely apply to other schools. Deferred students must send the ad mission office any senior-year College Board or ACT test results as well as their first-semester grades.


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