numbers increase among Asian-Americans, blacks, Hispanics
University Of Virginia's Class Of 2008 "Most Competitive" In
July 1, 2004 --
This fall's entering class appears to be both more
diverse and better qualified academically than last year's, according
to preliminary admissions figures announced
today by the University of Virginia.
of late June, African-Americans and blacks from other countries
made up 10 percent of the 3,165 students who
had accepted U.Va.'s offer of admission, up
from 9 percent last year. Also increasing were the percentage of Asian and
Asian-American students (14 percent, up from 13 percent last
year) and Hispanic/Latino students
(5 percent, up from 3 percent).
test scores also were up. The combined SAT scores of the
middle 50 percent of the entering class
were in a range of between 1,250 and 1,430
points, an increase of 10 points on each end of the range over last year's
and quality are the two primary concerns of this office,
and the entering class is strong in both areas," said
John A. Blackburn, dean of admission.
all, 15,245 students applied for admission to the Class of
2008, and 5,763 were
other class highlights:
percent of incoming students ranked in the top 10 percent
of their high school classes,
down slightly from
last year's 85.1 percent. However,
year's percentage is based upon rankings as of the middle of
the applicants' senior
year; the final rankings are likely to be higher, Blackburn said.
again will make up 54 percent of the entering class,
matching last year's proportion.
make up 66 percent of the class. More than half of the
students admitted into
the honors programs in the College
of Arts & Sciences (Echols
Scholars) and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
(Rodman Scholars) are Virginians.
top six sources of international students: South Korea,
China, Turkey, India, Hong Kong, Canada.
students deferred their admissions offers to take a "gap year," down
from 24 last year.
"My staff and I felt that this year was the most competitive we have seen
past 25 years, and the profile reflects our impressions," Blackburn said.
Dan Heuchert, (434) 924-7676