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Q How competitive is admission to the University of Virginia? What is the minimum GPA and SAT score?
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The University does not have a minimum GPA nor a minimum SAT score. As strange as these answers sound, they're both true. According to the Office of Admission:

"Students are more than the sum of two numbers, no matter how important those two numbers may be. A cumulative GPA, for example, only reveals so much; it says little about the difficulty of a student's courseload, or whether a student's grades have improved over time, or the level of grade inflation (or deflation) in a student's school. If we established a firm minimum GPA – a point below which no applicant would have any chance of being admitted – we'd miss a fair number of students who might make U.Va. a better, stronger place.

"The same is true for SAT scores. Most people who work in admission at highly selective universities believe that standardized testing is a useful but blunt instrument – an ax, not a scalpel. Setting an absolute minimum – "1400 in, 1390 out" – would be asking these tests to do something they weren't designed to do.

"Of course, we do use GPAs and SATs. All other things being equal, applicants with good numbers stand a better chance of being admitted; and because our applicant pool is broad and deep, most admitted students have excelled in school and scored well on the SAT (see our Profile for more information). But we don't have set minimums for either, and we try hard to take into account all of the information we see in each application."

Admission Stats (Class Entering 2003)

14,868 applications
39% admitted
85.1% of enrolling students ranked in top tenth of class
1324 median SAT I

Q
I've heard U.Va. is a good school, but how is it rated in outside sources such as US News & World Report's annual College Rankings?
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The University of Virginia has regained its No. 1 ranking among public universities, according to the 2004 U.S. News & World Report. Since U.S. News began ranking public schools in 1998, U.Va. has never been lower than No. 2, and this is the fourth time in seven years it has claimed the No. 1 spot. In its 2004 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” U.S. News also ranked U.Va. as No. 21 in its Top National Universities category, which includes public and private institutions. In both rankings, U.Va. tied with the University of California-Berkeley. In the 17-year history of the rankings, U.Va. has never dropped out of the top 25 listing (see charts below).

More ranking information.


Q What is Access U.Va.?
A

Access U.Va. is an ambitious financial-aid program – unprecedented among U.S. public institutions – designed to keep higher education affordable for all students who qualify for admission, regardless of economic circumstance.

There are four key components to Access U.Va. They include:
Replacing need-based loans with grants in the financial aid packages of low income students.
Capping the amount of need-based loans offered to any student.
Meeting 100 percent of demonstrated need for all undergraduate students.
Counseling on college financing and debt management.

For more information please visit the Access U.Va. web site or read the Access U.Va. Q&A.

 
Q My child has been accepted for admission to U.Va. What should I expect in the coming months and where do I find information?
A Congratulations! You can find the information you need regarding dates, paperwork, housing, and other essentials on the new student and orientation web site.
 
Q What are the deadlines for applications?
A For first-year applicants, the postmark deadline is January 2 (or November 1 for the binding Early Decision Plan). For transfer applicants who wish to enroll in the fall semester, the postmark deadline is March 1; for transfer applicants who wish to enroll in the spring semester (available only in the College of Arts and Sciences), the postmark deadline is November 1.
 
Q What are the estimated costs?
A
2004-2005 Tuition and Fees (2 semesters) Virginians Non-Virginians
Undergraduate Tuition and Required Fees $ 6,790 $ 22,890
Room (average for on-Grounds housing) and Board $ 5,960 $ 5,960
Total $ 12,750 $ 28,850

For more information on tuition and fees, visit the Student Accounts web site.

 
Q What percentage of students attending the University receives financial aid? What kind of financial aid is available?
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About 45 percent of all undergraduate students receive financial aid each year. Financial aid is normally a combination of gift assistance, loan funds, and/or employment. The financial aid "'package" is determined by the availability of the various types of financial aid and the individual circumstances of the student.

$55 million in aid is distributed by the Office of Financial Aid to undergraduates. Most aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated need. Applicants for need-based aid must file the FAFSA and the University Financial Aid Statement no later than March 1.
Merit Scholarships: Non-need-based aid is offered through ROTC and athletics. Approximately 25 Jefferson Scholarships are available through the Alumni Association to first-year students who have excelled as scholars, leaders, and citizens.

Undergraduate Financial Aid for 2002-03
In-state
Out-of State
1st-year students receiving any type of aid
50%
45%
Average aid package of those receiving aid
$5,770
$14,006
1st-year students receiving need-based aid
20%
24%
Average aid package of those receiving aid
$6,935
$14,654
 
Q Where can I find the academic calendar?
A The registrar's office posts the official University Academic Calendar, which includes this academic year and the next two.
 
Q My son/daughter has been offered admission to U.Va. and has accepted. What are the next steps to take to before the fall semester begins?
A U.Va. expects that the entering student will register for and attend one of the nine sessions of the University's Summer Orientation Program offered in July and August (including one for international students). Parents are also strongly encouraged to attend the simultaneous Parents' Summer Orientation Program. Orientation is designed to welcome and introduce all entering students and their parents to the University of Virginia. It helps new students make the transition from their previous environment to the diverse academic, intellectual, and social culture of the University. Special programs are scheduled for parents.
 
Q What arrangements can be made for tuition payment?
A Information on tuition payment is posted at the Student Accounts Office. The University offers a tuition Installment Payment Plan through a third-party vendor.
 
Q Does U.Va. offer students internships/externships?
A The University has a popular internship program for undergraduates. For more information, see the University Internship Program web site and the University Career Services web site. The Summer Internship Program offers real-life opportunities to students during the summer.
 
Q What are the study-abroad options for U.Va. undergraduates?
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Undergraduate students in all six schools may study abroad in programs either sponsored or approved by our Office of Overseas Study. Offering both an extensive resource library and a full-time study-abroad advisor, the office works closely with students who wish to spend a summer, a semester, or a year overseas. The University currently offer study-abroad or exchange programs in Australia, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom; we also encourage students to enroll in preapproved programs offered by other colleges and universities.

Approximately 15 percent of all students study abroad during their undergraduate years at U.Va. Visit the Study Abroad web site.

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