Students sitting on the steps of the Rotunda on a blue-sky day Dan Addison

UVA received a record number of applications for admission this year—40,971, up from last year’s record-setting 40,804. And it already has awarded 5,970 offers to students in its early admission pathways. Regular decision offers go out April 1.

Prospective ’Hoos now have two early admission cycles to choose from. Returning this year was the early decision option, which UVA eliminated in 2006 when few low-income students chose it. The offers are binding and require students to withdraw their applications elsewhere. In December, UVA extended 751 early decision offers; 56 went to first-generation students. 

In January, UVA admitted 5,219 students, including 586 first-generation students, through early action, which gives students a decision more quickly than regular admission but isn’t binding. 

Between the two early options, 40 percent of legacy students who applied received offers. The overall offer rate was 22 percent.

“Based on our current projections, this will be the most competitive year in history for admission,” says Gregory W. Roberts (Darden ’17), UVA’s admission dean.