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UVa admits 8,972 for Class of 2018

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Seconds after the admissions folks at the University of Virginia pushed the button releasing decisions on Friday night, the “regulars” on College Confidential began lighting up the discussion board.

“Accepted in-state after previously being deferred!” exclaimed one happy Virginian. “Ahhhhhh I’m so happy!!!”

“I can honestly say that I'm surprised,” reported an out-of-state applicant. “I didn't think that my essays were good at all.”

But the news wasn’t universally happy.

“UVA wasn't my first choice, but it's definitely disappointing to get flat out rejected,” mused an applicant from Michigan.

And for those who thought there was no logic to the decisions, Jeannine Lalonde, senior assistant dean of admission (Dean J) was quick to point out, “We dedicate months to this process and arrive at decisions after collaboration and discussion.”

To give the decisions some context, Dean J posted preliminary numbers for this year and recommended that admissions junkies with a real “need to know” could research numbers as far back as 1977 on the webpage maintained by the UVa Office of Institutional Assessment.

But the simple comparison with 2013 is interesting enough. Last year at this time, UVa reported receiving 29,005 applications (this number tends to jump around a little) and made initial offers to 8,528 students.

For this year’s class, the total number of applications went up by seven percent to 31,042, with the number of in-state applicants increasing from 8,831 reported this time last year to 9,014.

But the bulk of the increase in applications came from out-of-state students who submitted a grand total of 22,028 applications.

To provide for a larger class size, the admissions increased offers to 8,972—about five percent more than last year. Of these offers, 3,903 went to Virginians (3,594 last year), and 5,069 went to out-of-state students (4,934 last year). Overall, the initial admission rate remained steady at about 29 percent.

According to information provided by UVa to the Common Data Set, 4,172 students were offered spots on the wait list last year, and 2,606 accepted the offer. Of those students, 185 were eventually admitted.

In any event, here are all the "unofficial" numbers released today by the UVa admissions office:

Total number of applications: 31,042 (up from 29,005 last year)
Total number of VA applications: 9,014 (up from 8,831 last year)
Total number of out-of-state applications: 22,028 (up from 20,174)

Overall offers: 8,972 (8,528 this time last year)
Total VA offers: 3,903 or 43.2% of resident applications (3,594/40.7% last year)
Total out-of-state offers: 5,069 or 23% of nonresident applications (4,934/24.5% last year)

The offers for nonresidents are higher because historic yield—or percent of students accepting offers—for nonresidents is generally lower.

Dean J also reports that the middle 50% SAT score for admitted students was 1970-2240 (ACT composite: 30-34). And 92.5 percent of the students receiving offers of admission were in the top 10 percent of their class.

“Remember that your decision is not a statement about your value. Most of our applicants are qualified,” said Dean J on her blog. “The vast majority of the applicant pool is perfectly capable of doing the work at UVa. Our first-year class just isn't large enough to accommodate everyone.”

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