Roberts said he and his team noticed these same qualities and personal characteristics in many of UVA’s newly enrolled students this year.
“When we had the opportunity to meet these remarkable students through their applications to UVA, we were inspired and impressed,” he said. “When you meet young adults like these who possess a selfless devotion to making lives better, even during a pandemic when they themselves faced significant challenges and obstacles, you can’t help but feel optimistic about the future.”
Roberts said the Office of Undergraduate Admission is “honored to welcome our new students to Grounds this fall.”
“I can’t recall ever being quite as excited about a class,” he said. “I hope they have a wonderful, joyful, uninterrupted college experience. I look forward to seeing what they will do and accomplish in the years ahead, and I am confident that they will change the world.”
Beyond the Standard Numbers
From time to time, UVA surveys its incoming first-year students to get beyond the standard enrollment figures, such as the fact that there are 3,919 students in the newest entering class and that 2,421 of them are from Virginia.
UVA’s vice provost for enrollment is Stephen Farmer, who oversees not only the Office of Undergraduate Admission, but Student Financial Services and the Office of the University Registrar.
He says the survey helps to tell the larger story of new students.
Take the fact that 91% of surveyed students served their communities. “It’s hard to get 91% of any group to agree about anything,” he said. “I think what the statistic suggests is that our students have a heart for others.
“Almost every student who’s enrolling here this year has taken the time to serve others, he said.” And I think that speaks well of them. And I think it’s a hopeful sign for our community.”
By the Numbers: Class of 2025
In the survey, a whopping 90% of respondents said they listened to someone whose opinion differed from their own, and 67% of respondents said they changed their mind on an important issue.
“I think the results suggest that students are open-minded and that they’re willing to listen to other people and, when they feel that they’ve heard a good argument, change their minds,” Farmer said. “I think the results suggest that we, or at least our students, are maybe more open-minded than we think. And I think that’s a good sign.”
Farmer also had uplifting words about this year’s crop of transfer students, who number 712.
“The transfer students are such a rich group,” he said. “You know, they come from so many different walks of life. They truly, really each one of them, has taken a unique path to get to us.”
Twenty-two of those students arrived at UVA through a program at the campus of UVA’s College at Wise. “That’s an important statistic. That’s through the Year at Wise program that we began two years ago,” Farmer said.
“If a Virginian works really hard as a first-year candidate, makes it as far to the waiting list, and we just can’t find a place for him or for her – in the end, we promised them eventual admission to UVA if they spend a year at UVA-Wise and do well. So those 22 students represent students who did everything right when they were in high school, ran out of luck with us – much to our regret – but then hung in there with us, had a good year at Wise and now they’ll come here.”
Farmer also said there are many other “second-chance students in the transfer group.”
“You have more than 300 of our enrolling transfer students are students who applied previously to UVA. And, you know, they did well in school, but it just didn’t quite work out for them the first time around,” he said. “But they had their heart set on UVA. They gave us another chance and they got better news and now they’re here.
“We really appreciate people’s commitment to the University and we appreciate these students giving us another chance to give them better news,” Farmer said. “And we just hope they’re going to have the experience that they dreamed about when they’re here.”
All data for our “by the numbers” statistics is from the UVA Office of Undergraduate Admission.