And the continued increase in EA applicants provides impressive proof that admission to the Commonwealth’s flagship university remains a highly sought after prize among high school students—both from within the state and across the country.
Predictably, most of the early applicants, 10,792 (or 73 percent) came from out of state. The balance—4,027 applicants—came from within Virginia.
Out of this year's EA pool, 4590 students were admitted—about 20% more than last year. Of these, 2057 were from Virginia (51.1% offer rate), and 2533 were from out of state (23.5% offer rate). Typically, more offers are made to nonresidents because the “yield” among students faced with out-of-state tuition is significantly lower.
According to assistant admissions dean Jeannine Lalonde (Dean J) those offered early admission bids were exceptionally well qualified. The middle range of SAT scores of this year's admitted students fell between 2020 and 2260. And 95 percent of the offers went to students in the top ten percent of their high school classes.
Although over 6450 students were denied admission during the first round of consideration, another 3771 were thrown a lifeline by being deferred to the regular decision pool. These applicants will receive decisions before April 1 and are being encouraged to send new test scores and midyear grades as soon as possible.
All students will have until May 1 to make up their minds. And those who were lucky enough to be admitted to UVa’s Class of 2018 can expect to receive significant encouragement to commit as soon as possible.