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INFORMATION FOR FIRST-YEAR APPLICANTS

When the Committee on Admission reads applications, we value intellectual ability, academic achievement, and personal qualities that will contribute to the University community.

The University of Virginia accepts first-year applications for either Early Action or Regular Decision admission. Early Action is a non-binding, non-restrictive admission plan for first-year applicants. Students who apply Early Action may also apply to other institutions. To be considered under Early Action, students must submit the complete application by the November 1 deadline. Admission decisions for Early Action will be released online by January 31. The admission committee may offer admission, deny admission, or defer admission review to the regular decision process.

Regular Decision applicants submit the complete application by January 1 and will receive an admission decision by April 1. First-year students offered admission through either Early Action or Regular Decision must accept their offer of admission and submit their $400 deposit by May 1.

UVa is a member of the Common Application. All candidates are invited to submit their applications online: www.commonapp.org. The admission committee will review complete applications, which include the following materials: the Common Application and UVa Supplement to the Common Application, school forms (Secondary School Report, transcript, counselor recommendation, teacher recommendation, and Mid- Year Grade Report), official SAT or ACT with writing results, and the application fee.

The committee neither requires personal interviews nor uses them in the evaluation process. Candidates are considered without regard to their financial circumstances.

In particular the Committee on Admission focuses on these credentials: Excellent performance in a rigorous secondary-school program, including at least four units of English, four of college-preparatory mathematics, two of foreign language, one of social science, and two of science (chosen from biology, chemistry, or physics; engineering applicants must take three units of science, including chemistry and physics). These are minimum requirements; since most successful applicants exceed them, we recommend that candidates take the most rigorous academic program available in their schools, including at least five academic courses each year and AP, IB, and honors courses whenever possible.

We require results from the SAT or ACT with writing and use the highest score on each part of the SAT and the highest composite score on the ACT. Results from SAT II Subject Tests of your choice are optional. A recommendation from the high school, usually from the guidance counselor, is required. We require an additional recommendation from a teacher. The Common Application allows your guidance counselor to submit recommendations online along with other required school forms. A supplemental recommendation should come to us by fax, not by mail.

Timetable

August
Common Application available online.

October 1
Application deadline for January transfer applicants to the College of Arts & Sciences, Architectural History, and Urban & Environmental Planning only.

November 1
Early Action application deadline for first-year admission candidates.
Postmark deadline for the Secondary School Report, transcript, and teacher recommendations for Early Action applicants.
Deadline for Early Action applicants to submit the optional supplement online for visual and performing arts and/or for Architecture.

January
Last possible testing date for Regular Decision applicants taking SAT and SAT Subject Tests; last possible testing date for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (if applicable).

January 1
Regular Decision application deadline for first-year admission candidates.
Deadline for Regular Decision applicants to submit the optional supplement online for visual and performing arts and/or for Architecture.

January 10
Postmark deadline for the Secondary School Report, transcript, and teacher recommendations for Regular Decision candidates.

January 31
Early Action admission decisions released online. Students admitted under Early Action will have until May 1 to make their non-refundable $400 deposit and reserve a seat in the first-year class.

February 14
Submission deadline for Mid-Year Report.

March 1
Financial aid application deadline for state and institutional need-based aid. FAFSA and CSS/Profile must be completed and submitted by this date. State and institutional need-based aid will not be available to late applicants.
Application deadline for fall transfer admission candidates.

April 1
Regular Decision admission decisions released online.

May 1
Deadline for all admitted first-year students to accept the offer of admission and submit their non-refundable $400 deposit.

First-year students at UVa