Decision Day, Part 1: UVA Releases Early Action Decisions


(Photo by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications)

January 25, 2019

This fall, a record 25,126 students applied to the University of Virginia’s Class of 2023 via the early application process – about 17 percent more than last year. Early Friday evening, they learned whether they had been admitted.

From that pool, 6,550 received the news they were hoping for – an offer rate of 26 percent. Last year, UVA had an early action offer rate of 27.7 percent.

Overall, a record 40,804 students have applied for admission through either the early action or regular admissions processes, a nearly 10 percent increase from last year.

Early action applicants increased by nearly 17 percent from last year.

“Our first reaction after the early application deadline in November was a mixture of excitement and concern,” UVA Dean of Admission Greg Roberts said. “The size of the early pool is incredible this year, and reviewing so many applications in a short period of time is challenging. What’s more, the talent, depth and diversity of this group is astounding and record-breaking, making the selection process even more difficult.”

Graph of First generation graduates.  444 in the Class of 2022 and 627 in the class of 2023

The number of accepted first-generation college applicants rose by 41 percent via early action from last year.

UVA offered admission to 41 percent more applicants who would be the first in their family to attend college than a year ago (444 to 627), and admitted nearly 4 percent more minority students via early action.

In addition, the mean SAT scores of accepted early action students rose from 1,447 to 1,449.

The offer rate for out-of-state students dropped 2.1 percent, from 21.4 percent to 19.3 percent.

Moments after the electronic admissions notifications went live online, newly admitted students – who hail from 50 states and 155 countries – were flooding UVA’s social media channels with their admissions stories using the hashtag #UVA23.

“We’re honored that this accomplished group of students is interested in UVA and believe the class of 2023 has the potential to be our most impressive yet,” Roberts said.

Many of those not admitted Friday will have a second chance; their applications were deferred to the regular admissions cycle.

Regular application decisions will be released April 1. All students offered admission have until May 1 to accept their offers.

The enrollment target for this year’s class is 3,750 students.

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