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From record applications, UVA extends 7,000 early offers

The Rotunda, as seen in early spring
Sanjay Suchak

Between its early-decision cycle in December and its early-action cycle in February, UVA has made nearly 7,000 admission offers for the Class of 2027.

The 1,042 early-decision offers in December were binding, while 5,930 nonbinding offers came from the early-action cycle. This year, UVA received a record 55,845 applications, up from 50,813 applications the previous year—itself a record. The early-action cycle accounted for 65 percent of applications, with 27 percent from regular decision and 8 percent during early decision.

The final regular admissions cycle will extend offers by April 1. The target goal is enrolling a first-year class of 3,970 students.

To avoid over-enrolling, offers were made to 5 percent fewer applicants in the early cycles compared with the 7,350 offers that were made last year by this time. “We do save space for regular decision because there’s some great kids there, too,” said Greg Roberts (Darden ’17), UVA’s dean of admission. “Then ultimately we’ll be able to go to wait-list to fill needs if we find ourselves short of our target on May 1.”

While offers have been made to applicants from 97 countries and across the United States, Roberts highlighted the representation of students from 394 of the commonwealth’s 623 high schools. Two-thirds of UVA’s student body is from Virginia.

“One of our goals is to attract students from all over the state and all over the world, and we were pleased that students [came] from some of the areas that traditionally don’t send us as many applicants—like Southwest Virginia, Shenandoah, those sorts of places. We were pretty significantly up in ED and EA offers from these areas of state,” Roberts said.

So far, most of the offers to incoming students have gone to the College of Arts and Sciences (5,122) and the School of Engineering (1,492). The School of Architecture extended 167 offers; the School of Nursing 108; and the Kinesiology program in the school of education 83.