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University Of Virginia Extends Early Decision Offers To 985

December 13, 2004 --

Early decision applicants to the University of Virginia faced slightly better odds this fall. Of the 2,317 who applied, 985 — or 42.5 percent — were offered a place in U.Va.’s Class of 2009, compared to 39.3 percent of last year’s early decision applicants.

Another 1,082 had their applications deferred and will be reconsidered during the regular spring admission cycle. The remaining 245 saw their applications denied.

Under the early decision process, applicants receive early action on their admission application in exchange for a pledge to attend the University if they are accepted.

The number of early decision applications was down slightly this fall, from 2,364 to 2,318. However, more were accepted — 985 this year compared to 929 last. The slight increase in this year’s admittance rate was not by design, said John A Blackburn, dean of admission.

“With early decision, we don’t have a goal as far as numbers,” he said. “We’re trying to peg acceptances to what we think the regular-process decisions would be. We don't want it to be easier to gain admission in early decision than in regular decision, so we work hard to set the selectivity level at what it was this past spring in regular decision.  I think it is fair to say that we had a stronger pool this fall than we did last fall.”

Among those offered admission, 87 percent were ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes. The middle 50 percent of those admitted who took the SAT-I test scored in a range from 1,270 to 1,410.

The early decision pool was weighted a little more heavily toward Virginians over non-Virginians than last year. Out-of-state applicants made up 33.1 percent of the pool this year, compared to 35.9 percent last fall.  In regular decision, the percentages are usually reversed, with more applicants coming from out of state, Blackburn said.

The percentage of early decision applicants identifying themselves as members of a minority group or declining to specify their ethnicity decreased slightly, from 25.9 percent to 24.2 percent.

Eighty-seven percent of the applications were filed online, allowing the applicants to view their decisions electronically after 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 24, the same day the notifications were mailed.

U.Va’s early decision process is among the earliest in the country, which gives those who were deferred or denied more time to participate in other colleges’ regular application cycle, Blackburn said. The application deadline was Nov. 1.

The application deadline for the regular admission process is Jan. 2. Those applicants will be notified on or around April 1.

Contact: Dan Heuchert, (434) 295-3247

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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