- Do you have quotas or targets for certain schools or areas?
- What is a legacy? How does legacy status affect admission?
- Is a student's level of interest used in the selection process?
- Do you fill the majority of the class through Early Action?
- Do you prefer applicants submit the SAT or ACT?
- How do you determine Virginia residency? Can an out-of-state student become a Virginian after a year at UVA?
- How do I set up an interview?
- Does UVA prefer AP or IB curricula?
- What AP/IB scores do I need to get credit?
- Do you recognize dual enrollment credit?
- How do I submit documents for my application?
- Can I submit a recommendation from someone who knows me outside of school?
- Can I submit my resume?
- How are home-school applicants reviewed?
- When will I get an admission decision?
- What decisions might I receive if I apply through Early Action?
- If not admitted to the school/major on my application, can I designate a second choice?
- How can I switch schools after being admitted?
- What are my chances of being admitted if I'm on the waiting list?
- How do I accept my offer of admission?
What percentage of applicants are admitted?
We have pledged to maintain a 2/3 majority of Virginia residents in our student population, but 2/3 of our applicants tend to come from out-of-state. As a result, our offer rate for Virginia residents tends to be much higher than the rate for out-of-state students. Last year, we admitted 44% of the Virginia residents and 23% of the non-Virginians. You can see date from previous years on the Office of Institutional Assessment website.
What minimum GPA and test scores do I need to be admitted?
We don't have a minimum GPA. We don't have a minimum SAT score.
As strange as these answers sound, they're both true. A cumulative GPA, for example, only reveals so much; it says little about the difficulty of a student's course load, 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 UVA 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 imprecise instrument. Setting an absolute minimum would be asking these tests to do something they weren't designed to do.
Of course, our applicant pool is broad and deep, so most admitted students have excelled in school and scored well on the SAT or ACT (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.
Do you have quotas or targets for certain schools or areas?
No. While we maintain a 2/3 majority of Virginia residents in our student population, there are not restrictions on how many students we may admit from a particular school, town, county, or region.
What is a legacy? How does legacy status affect admission?
A legacy is a student whose parent, step-parent, or adoptive parent has a degree from UVA. Out-of-state legacy students are reviewed in a matter that is similar to the Virginia residents in the applicant pool. Legacies residing outside of Virginia pay the out-of-state tuition rate.
Is a student's level of interest used in the selection process?
No. When we read your application, we will not use previous contact as a factor in our review.
Do you fill the majority of the class through Early Action?
We do not fill our class during the Early Action process. We hope that you will submit your applciation when you feel it is in a strong position. Remember that Regular Decision applicants will have grades from the first semester of senior year in their files before we finalize our decisions.
Do you prefer applicants submit the SAT or ACT?
We have no preference between the SAT and ACT.
How do you determine Virginia residency?
The laws governing domiciliary status - that is, whether a person is considered a legal resident of Virginia - are set by the state legislature. If students wish to be considered legal residents for the purposes of admission and tuition, they must answer the residency questions on our application. For more information, please see the Office of Virginia Status webpage.
How do I set up an interview?
While prospective students are welcome to visit for an information session and tour, we do not offer interviews.
Does UVA prefer AP or IB curricula?
We do not have a preference for once type of course. We suggest that students take advantage of advanced course options at their high school, regardless of the type of curriculum available.
What AP/IB scores do I need to get credit?
We generally give credit for scores of 4 or 5 on AP exams and 5, 6, or 7 on Higher Level IB exams. There are some exceptions to this and practices can vary from one school to another. The Undergraduate Record has specific information about AP and IB credit.
Do you recognize dual enrollment credit?
Yes! You can use the transfer credit analyzer to see how credit from different colleges is treated when transferred to UVA.
How do I submit documents for my application?
We are a paperless office, so you should submit your part of the applciation online. Counselors and teachers may choose to submit documents online or by mail.
Can I submit a recommendation from someone who knows me outside of school?
We require one recommendation from your school counselor and one from a teacher of your choice so that we can learn more about your school performance. Whille you are welcome to submit an extra recommendation, we prefer letters that provide insight into your classroom style.
Can I submit my resume?
The Common App has allowed schools to opt in or out of a resume upload on the application. We have turned this function off, as we do not accept resumes. The application provides space to tell us about your most important honors and activities.
How are home-school applicants reviewed?
The Common Application has a supplement for home-schooled applicants that will provide us with the information we need to make a decision.
When will I get an admission decision?
Early Action applicants can expect decisions to be posted to their Student Information System (SIS) accounts by the end of January. Regular Decision applicants can expect decisions by the end of March. Keep an eye on the admission blog for updates!
What decisions might I receive if I apply through Early Action?
The admission committee may admit, deny, or defer Early Action applications. If an applicant is deferred, their application will be placed in the Regular Decision pool and reviewed once mid-year grades have been received.
If not admitted to the school/program on my application, can I designate a second choice?
No, we do not allow applications to multiple schools or programs. Select the school/program that most interests you at this time, knowing that you are able to change schools as a student at UVA.
How can I switch schools after being admitted?
You may write to the Dean of Admission, Greg Roberts, to request a change of school.
What are my chances of being admitted if I'm on the waiting list?
We will send you detailed information about the waiting list process, including statistics about past years.
How do I accept my offer of admission?
You can accept your offer of admission by paying the admission deposit via your Student Information System account.