Class More Diverse, Academically Sharp
August 29, 2002--
Generalizations can be tricky, but numbers show that, as
a group, the University of Virginia’s Class of 2006 is slightly
more diverse and just as academically agile as its immediate predecessors.
looking at SAT scores and class rankings, it looks like those are
up a little. So it looks like this is a little bit stronger class
in that regard,” said George Stovall, director of Institutional
Assessment and Studies.
the 3,044 first-year students who accepted admissions offers, a
slightly higher proportion were in the top 10 percent of their high
school class (84 percent compared with 81 percent last fall), and
mean scores in the math and combined SATs were slightly up while
the verbal scores were the same. Fewer students, however, had perfect
scores of 1,600 (four this year, nine last).
and John A. “Jack” Blackburn, dean of admission, both
noted that the number of international students who accepted offers
is nearly the same (148 this year; 152 last), despite greater visa
restrictions in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. However,
Blackburn said, the final number of international students probably
will drop below 135 because of visa issues.
by African American and Hispanic students is up, while the number
of Asian Americans has declined (from 343 and 11.5 percent last
year to 290 and 9.5 percent this year). South Korea sends the most,
with India and China second and third, respectively. The proportion
of white Americans has decreased slightly.
noted that a trend dating to the late 1980s continues with the Class
of 2006 – there are more women (55.1 percent) than men. The
gap actually increased slightly this year.
also said slightly fewer students have signed up to pursue engineering
degrees. The downturn in dot-coms and the general malaise in the
high-tech sector contribute to that trend, he said.
is a breakdown of numbers provided by Institutional Assessment and
Studies (current as of Aug. 27):
- Total: 3,044
(2,980 last fall)
- Women, 1,676
or 55.1 percent; men, 1,368 or 44.9 percent; (last fall, 1,372
or 46 percent were men, 1,608 or 54 percent were women)
American 295 or 9.7 percent; Asian American, 290 or 9.5 percent;
Hispanic American, 93 or 3.1 percent; Native American, 8 or 0.3
percent; white American, 2,061 or 67.7 percent. International,
148 or 4.9 percent; unclassified/unknown, 149 or 4.9 percent.
residents, 2,027 or 66.6 percent; non-Virginia, 1,017 or 33.4
- SAT scores:
verbal mean, 647; math mean, 668; combined mean, 1315; four students
with perfect score of 1600.
in top 10 percent of high school class: 84.
- Top 10 states
represented (Outside Virginia): Maryland, New Jersey (99 each),
New York (87), Pennsylvania (67), Florida, Georgia (50 each),
Texas (49), Ohio (40), California (36), Massachusetts (35).
- Top 10 foreign
countries represented: South Korea (32), India (27), China (19),
Taiwan (11), Turkey (10), Canada (9), Pakistan (7), Thailand (6),
United Kingdom (6) and Vietnam (6).
TRANSFER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (about a third of transfers come
from Virginia community colleges)
- Total: 538
(541 last fall).
- Women, 300
or 55.8 percent; men, 238 or 44.2 percent (last fall, 222 or 41
percent were men, 319 or 59 percent were women).
- African American,
21 or 3.9 percent; Asian American, 47 or 8.7 percent; Hispanic
American, 18 or 3.3 percent; Native American, 3 or 0.6 percent;
white American, 378 or 70.3 percent. International, 31 or 5.8
percent; unclassified/unknown, 40 or 7.4 percent.
residents, 373 or 69.3 percent; non-Virginia residents, 165 or
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