During a press conference last week, UVA President Teresa Sullivan introduced the school’s newest recruits to the public. Of the 3,450 first-year students, 67 percent come from Virginia, 91 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, and they averaged 1,339 on their SATs.

“This is the strongest academic class that we have admitted, as measured by their standardized test scores and their class rank,” Sullivan said.

In spite of the fact that the University’s state funding has dropped to around 10 percent of its academic operating budget and is less than one-third of what is provided at nearby flagship UNC-Chapel Hill, UVA is still ranked among the top public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review and others.

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