When the Class of 2016 arrives on Grounds in August, its members will likely be the best-qualified first-year students in the University of Virginia's history.

Those who logged in Friday and received offers of admission, along with classmates who were admitted in January under the new "early action" program, average a combined score of 1,396 points (of a possible 1,600) on the math and verbal sections of the SAT, and 95.7 percent rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes. Those scores are the highest ever, and compare with last year's admitted applicants' marks of 1,380 and 94 percent, respectively.

In total, UVA extended 7,759 offers of admission, with a goal of enrolling 3,360 students this fall.

"Year after year, the University attracts some of the brightest young people from Virginia, the rest of the nation, and all over the world, and this year's admitted students are no exception," University President Teresa A. Sullivan said. "We look forward to welcoming many of these students to the Grounds next fall."

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