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U.Va. Experiences Gain In First-Year Applications

February 14, 2001-- Reflecting a trend among top institutions, the University of Virginia received an increased number of applications for next year's entering undergraduate class.

To date U.Va. has received 14,902 applications -- an increase of 4 percent over last year's 14,350 who applied. When all applications are completed, the total will likely be around 15,000, according to Dean of Admission John A. Blackburn. Last year’s total was 14,472.

Also reflecting a national trend in early decision numbers, U.Va. received a total of 2,141 applications for early decision, a figure 15 percent higher than last year’s 1,862. The University extended offers of admission to 897 who applied under early decision, and all of those students have accepted a place in the first-year class.

Blackburn attributes the increase to several factors, including the University's quality and prominence in national rankings. "U.Va.'s academic reputation, quality of student life and tuition make it very attractive to high school students and their families," he said.

Deans in the Admission Office are currently reading and considering applications and expect to mail admission decisions by April 1.

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

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 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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