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U.Va. Mails Acceptance Letters To Class Of 2003

April 1, 1999 -- The University of Virginia has mailed letters offering admission into the 1999 entering class to 5,385 high school students. U.Va. received 17,060 applications, a 3.3 percent increase over the 16,520 who applied last year, and extended about 90 more offers this year than last year.

Two factors contributed to the higher number of offers. The entering fall class will be larger than last year -- 2,930 students are anticipated, compared to 2,875 last year. The University also extended fewer early decision offers; 790 students were offered admittance under early decision, compared to 920 last year. U.Va. received 2,200 early-decision applications this year, compared to 2,325 last year.

Applications from out-of-state residents rose by 4 percent; Virginia applications increased by 1 percent. Applications from women totaled 9,107; 7,953 men applied.

The University extended offers to 2,946 women and 2,439 men. Admission officials anticipate the entering class will be approximately 55 percent female.

"I am optimistic about the quality and character of the first-year class that will enter in the fall," said Dean of Admission John A. Blackburn. "I expect to see a slight increase in the quality of the class as measured by class rank and SAT scores.

We also anticipate a diverse class." Applicants who received admission offers have until May 1 to notify the University of their acceptance. Approximately 2,000 prospective students have been placed on a wait-list, according to University officials.

"For those students on the wait-list, we cannot offer advice on what actions can be taken at this point. We will wait until after the candidates' reply date to see if any spaces are available. We will be in touch with wait-listed students possibly as early as mid-May and no later than the end of June," Blackburn said.

Of the entering class, approximately 2,293 will go into the College of Arts and Sciences, 92 into the School of Architecture, 499 into the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and 46 into the School of Nursing. U.Va. admission officials are currently considering applications from transfer students. Letters offering admission to transfer students will be mailed the week of April 19th.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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