Forms Make Applying To U.Va. Easier
Dec. 6, 1999 -- The University of Virginia
has made the daunting task of applying for admission a bit easier.
the first time, major portions of the U.Va. undergraduate application
are available online.
About 20 percent of those applying this year for entrance into the
Class of 2004 are expected to use the application, admission deans
majority of American colleges do not yet accept applications from
prospective students over the Internet, according to the American
Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. However,
an increasing number of colleges are moving in that direction.
Tech, for example, began offering an online application in 1994.
This year Virginia Tech began informing prospective students that
it prefers receiving online applications, and admission officials
estimate that they will receive approximately 50 percent of the
applications electronically, according to Kelly Queijo, public relations
coordinator for admissions.
by the success of a prototype application for transfer students
last year, U.Va. admission officials launched the on-line application
for first-year students this fall. The online application and enhanced
home page are viewed by admission deans as ways of increasing access
to the Internet is increasingly available to students in school
and at home," said assistant dean of admission Stephen M. Farmer.
"We see the Internet as giving people more access to a public
addition to the basic online application, the web site offers several
forms, such as the school and transcript report and the mid-year
grade report, that can be downloaded and printed for completion.
one significant part of the U.Va. application, the essays, cannot
be completed on-line.
want prospective students to linger a bit over the essays,"
Farmer said. "We want them to write well about topics they've
had a chance to reflect on. We're worried that on-line essays
might be a little too instantaneous. We'd rather read a deliberate
essay than an instantaneous one."
to the on-line applications, which became available Sept. 15, has
been favorable, Farmer noted. "Students say they are pleased
with the availability of the on-line application."
recently revised home page of the U.Va. admission office contains
news, a schedule showing when deans will visit approximately 100
cites in Virginia and the rest of the United States, and autobiographical
profiles of currently enrolled students. Included in the profiles
are their e-mail addresses so prospective students and their families
can contact U.Va. students directly with questions they may feel
uncomfortable asking an admission official.
profiles do a good job of breaking down barriers, such as geographic
distance," Farmer said. "High school students feel more
comfortable contacting students in the profiles than adults in suits."
U.Va. admission office usually receives about 100 completed on-line
applications over a weekend and approximately two dozen each work
U.Va. admission home page address is http://www.virginia.edu/~admiss/ugadmiss/home.shtml
more information, Steve Farmer can be reached at (804) 982-3390.
Kelly Queijo can be reached at (540) 231-4293.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857