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University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

In 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia stating. "This institution shall be founded on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow the truth wherever it may lead, nor tolerate any error as long as reason is left to combat it."

Jefferson designed the university's buildings, which have attracted international and national attention over the years. In 1988, the World Heritage Committee added the Rotunda to its prestigious list of the world's most significant cultural properties. A decade earlier, the American Institute of Architects had proclaimed the university's Central Grounds as the outstanding achievement of American Architecture since 1776.

The University of Virginia offers widely recognized graduate programs in the humanities, architecture, education, nursing, engineering, and applied sciences.

US News and World Report's 1991 survey of the nation's universities ranked the University of Virginia 21st in overall performance. The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the School of Law rank in the top ten list for the nation.

Housing opportunities range from on-Grounds apartments and houses to The Range, rooms in the original Academical Village designed by Jefferson that are awarded to students by lottery. Family housing is available both on and off-grounds.

Undergraduate enrollment is listed at 11,306 and graduate enrollment at 4,615. Minorities account for 16.7% of the population and Hispanics make up 1.1% of the total.Overview

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1819
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 14,676
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $2,466,810,166
Admissions Address

Office of Admission, PO Box 400160
Charlottesville, VA 22904



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Average high school GPA: 4.0
Send application by: January 2
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: John A. Blackburn
Admissions office telephone: (434) 982-3200
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 2
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.virginia.edu/~admiss/ugadmiss/home.shtml Tuition deposit: $250 (Refundable by May 1)
Room deposit: None (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 4 5
Science 2 4
Lab N/A N/A
Foreign language 2 5
Social studies 1 4
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 16 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 31
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 31
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Very important
Alumni/ae relation: Very important
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Very important
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Very important
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 37%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 37%
Total applicants: 16,086
Total acceptances: 6,019
Total freshman enrollment: 3,091
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

Male applicants: 7,218
Male acceptances: 2,680
Male freshman enrollment: 1,325
Female applicants: 8,868
Female acceptances: 3,339
Female freshman enrollment: 1,766
Out-of-state freshmen: 33%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 3,231
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 1,915
Students enrolled from waiting list: 145

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 88%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 97%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 48%
Average high school GPA: 4.0
First-year students submitting GPA: 84%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 98%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 600 – 710
Math: 620 – 720
Combined: 1220 – 1430

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 31.0% 40.0%
600-699 48.0% 45.0%
500-599 17.0% 14.0%
400-499 4.0% 2.0%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 15%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 26 – 32
Math: 26 – 32
Composite: 26 – 31

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 40.0% 48.0% 41.0%
24-29 50.0% 40.0% 49.0%
18-23 9.0% 11.0% 8.0%
12-17 1.0% 1.0% 1.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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