FAQs

What should I do if I accidentally applied for the wrong school or under the wrong decision plan?

To change your decision plan (Early Decision, Early Action, or Regular Decision) or your school choice, you must email [email protected] by 5 PM Eastern on November 15th for Early Decision and Early Action or 5 PM Eastern on January 15th for Regular Decision. If requesting a school change, you will be required to submit the supplemental essay for the school to which you are switching. After these dates, your application will be considered as it was submitted.

Will you fill the majority of the class through Early Decision?

We will not fill our class during the Early Decision process. We hope that you will submit your application 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.

How are home-school applicants reviewed?

The application prompts applicants to provide the information we need to make a decision.

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 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 remember that 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.

When will I get an admission decision?

Early Decision applicants can expect decisions by the middle of December. Early Action applicants can expect decisions to be posted by the middle of February. Regular Decision applicants can expect decisions by the end of March. Keep an eye on the admission blog for updates!

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 no restrictions on how many students we may admit from a particular school, town, county, or region.

What decisions might I receive if I apply through Early Decision or Early Action?

The admission committee may admit, deny, or defer early 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.

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 28% of the Virginia residents and 17% of the non-Virginians. You can see data from previous years on the Office of Institutional Assessment website.

If not admitted to the school/program on my application, can I designate a second choice?

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.

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. Legacy status is acknowledged in our review process. Legacies residing outside of Virginia pay the out-of-state tuition rate.

How can I switch schools after being admitted?

You may write to the Dean of Admission, Greg Roberts, to request a change of school.

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.

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.

Do you prefer applicants submit the SAT or ACT?

We are test optional for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 application years and have no preference between the SAT and ACT.

How do I accept my offer of admission?

You can accept your offer of admission by paying the non-refundable admission deposit in your student account.

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 website.

Can I study abroad during my first year at UVA?

Students offered admission to the College of Arts and Sciences may apply for UVA London First or UVA Valencia First. For more information, see the UVA Global First website.

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.

What is the Test Optional Policy?

UVA will NOT require that applicants submit standardized testing to be considered for admission for at least the next application cycle. If you have test scores, you are welcome to submit them, but those without test scores will not be penalized during our holistic review of applications.

Does UVA prefer AP or IB curricula?

We do not have a preference for one type of course. We suggest that students take advantage of advanced course options at their high school, regardless of the type of curriculum available.

How do I choose to be Test Optional?

Students will choose whether or not to be test optional when they submit their Common Application. You have until the application deadline to change this decision. 

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.

What if I chose test optional but received my scores after the deadline?

Students who want their test scores considered for EA or ED admission must choose to do so by the application deadline, then have until November 22 to self-report their new scores in their applicant portal.

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. 

Does UVA super-score the SAT or ACT?

For applicants submitting test scores, has been the Office of Admission’s long-standing policy to consider the best test scores submitted by applicants. We use the top score from each SAT section across all administrations of the same exam. We hope you will submit all of your scores knowing that we will recombine the sections to get the best possible set of scores. If reporting an ACT score, report the composite and sub-scores as they appear on your official score report without any recalculation.

How do I submit documents for my application?

We are a paperless office, so you should submit your part of the application online. Counselors and teachers may choose to submit documents online or by mail.

How does the admission process work for the QuestBridge College Match?

If you are selected as a QuestBridge Finalist (by QuestBridge) and wish to rank UVA as one of your college choices, your QuestBridge application will be forwarded to UVA’s Office of Undergraduate Admission. In addition to the QuestBridge application, however, there are a few other things we’ll need (like the UVA Supplement available through our online portal and your official high school transcript). 


For more detail about application requirements (and more QuestBridge-related FAQs), check out the UVA page on the QuestBridge site.

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 a core academic subject so that we can learn more about your school performance. While you are welcome to submit an extra recommendation, we prefer letters that provide insight into your classroom style.

Members of the UVA community may submit recommendations using this form.

How does financial aid work with the QuestBridge College Match?

Students admitted via the QuestBridge College Match are guaranteed full financial support with grant-based aid for all four years at UVA. UVA’s financial aid guarantees to meet 100% of demonstrated need for all domestic students, even those who do not receive the Match.

For more on the QuestBridge process at UVA check out the UVA page on the QuestBridge site.

 

Can I submit my resume?

We do not accept resumes, research abstracts, or writing portfolios. The application provides space to tell us about your most important honors and activities.