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University Of Virginia Makes Early Decision Offers To 912 Students

January 8, 2002-- The University of Virginia has become slightly more selective and significantly more electronic in its early-decision admissions process.

The Office of Admission has mailed offers to 912 students out of 2,410 applications. Last year, 973 offers were made from a pool of 2,397 applications.

John A. Blackburn, dean of admission, said about 55 percent of this year’s early decision applications were made on-line.

“We’re delighted with that,” he said. “It saves time on data entry, and applications can be ready faster.”

Blackburn said the office provides an incentive for students to apply on-line. “We told them, ‘If you apply on-line, you could see the decision on-line on the day we mail them.’”

Selectivity was increased this year to put the early decision process on a par with regular admissions, Blackburn said.

Of the offers made for the 2003-04 year, 717 went to Virginia residents and 195 to out-of-state applicants, compared with 756 and 217 last year, respectively. More applications were deferred (1,081 compared with 1,031) and more were denied (383 compared with 358) this year. Thirty-four applications were incomplete and changed to regular decision.

Early decision students constitute about 30 percent of those accepted to attend U.Va., Blackburn said. Students who apply pledge to attend if an offer is extended.

Binding early decisions programs are being discontinued at Yale and Stanford universities in favor of nonbinding early action programs. U.Va.’s policy is being reviewed by University officials, but no change is imminent, Blackburn indicated.

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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