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U.Va. Offers Admission To 5,661 Students For Fall / Dramatic Increase Seen In Electronic Applications

April 7, 2003-- The University of Virginia has mailed letters to 5,661 high school seniors offering admission into its 2003 entering class.

The offers, mailed on March 28, came from a pool of 14,855 applications, a 1.8 percent increase over the 14,591 who applied in 2002. Last year, 2,999 students accepted offers to enroll at U.Va., and Dean of Admission John A. Blackburn said he expects slightly more this year.

Electronic applications increased dramatically this year, going from 18 percent to 48 percent, Blackburn said.

“We are pleased to see that change, for it gets the information into our system faster and gives us more time to read the applications,” Blackburn said. “I hope even more students will do it electronically next year. If they do, they can see their decision on our Web site on the day we mail our letters.”

U.Va. received 5,876 applications from Virginia residents and extended offers to 3,025 in-state students. The University made offers to 2,636 out-of-state residents from the 8,979 who applied.

Women received 2,989 offers out of 7,872 applications, and offers were made to 2,672 of the 6,983 men who applied.
Blackburn said the quality of the students entering U.Va. continues to increase.

“We expect to see slightly higher average SAT scores next year and a few more students ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating class,” he said.

This year, 83 percent ranked in that range, and the median SAT test score is 1330.

“In more human terms, we found many of the students to be wonderful writers with impressive records of community service, school and community leadership,” Blackburn said.
“And they’re involved with fascinating hobbies and talents that they will bring to this student body. It should be a richly diverse and talented first-year class.”

One of the largest increases in applications was among students classified as nonresident aliens. Applications went from 711 last year to 911 this year, and offers were extended to 451 this year, an increase of 2.3 percent from the 366 last year. Applications and offers were down slightly among African Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans. Unclassified students accounted for 1,108 applications, up from 833 a year ago, and offers were extended to 414, compared with 304 a year ago.

In January, the Office of Admission mailed early-decision offers to 912 students out of 2,410 applications. Selectivity was increased this year to put the early decision process on a par with regular admissions, Blackburn said.

Students who received offers of admission have until May 1 to notify the University of their acceptance. Approximately 1,000 students are expected to confirm their places on the waiting list.

Of the offers extended, 158 were for the School of Architecture, 4,321 for the College of Arts & Sciences, 1,118 for the School of Engineering and 64 for the School of Nursing.

Contact: Lee Graves, (434) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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