Mar 24, 2015

UVa admits 8,786 for Class of 2019

Seconds after the admissions folks at the University of Virginia pushed the button releasing decisions on Friday evening, the “regulars” on College Confidential began lighting up the discussion board.

“Accepted!!!” crowed one happy applicant.  “I was so worried after being deferred early but I’m glad it all worked out.”

Another took the time to console, “Accepted!  Congrats to all of those who made it, and people who didn’t:  these applications are crazy, life is crazy, and one way or another it will all work out.”

And the news wasn’t universally happy.

“This year was an absolute massacre…Our salutatorian got waitlisted, and everyone else I’ve spoken to in the top 10 was rejected,” moaned another applicant.

Some of the decisions were painful.

“After the 2009 season, I didn’t think there could be a tougher year, but this one was harder, said Jeannine Lalonde, senior assistant dean of admission (Dean J).  “It’s been a long six months, but I think that the result is one of the most amazing classes we’ve ever assembled.”

To give the decisions context, Dean J posted preliminary numbers for this year and recommended that admissions junkies with a real “need to know” could research numbers
as far back as 1977 on the webpage maintained by the UVa Office of Institutional Assessment.

But the simple comparison with 2014 is interesting enough.
Last year at this time, UVa reported receiving 31,042 applications (this number tends to jump around a little) and made initial offers to 8,972 students.

For this year’s class, the total number of applications decreased very slightly to 30,853, with the number of in-state applicants increasing from 9,014 reported this time last year to 9,147 for the class of 2019.

The overall decline in numbers came from among out-of-state students who submitted 21,706 applications—down from 22,028 last year.

To gain control over class size, admissions decreased offers to 8,786—about two percent less than last year. Of these offers, 3,800 went to Virginians (3,903 last year), and 4,986 went to out-of-state students (5,069 last year). Overall, the initial admission rate decreased to about 28.5 percent.

According to information provided by UVa to the
Common Data Set, 5,543 students were offered spots on the wait list last year, and 3,456 accepted the offer.  Of those students, 42 were eventually admitted.  

In any event, here are all the "unofficial" numbers released yesterday by the UVa admissions office:

Total number of applications: 30,853 (down from 31,042 last year)
Total number of VA applications: 9,147 (up from 9,014 last year)
Total number of out-of-state applications: 21,706 (down from 22,028)

Overall offers:
8,786 (8,972 this time last year)
Total VA offers:  3,800 or 41.5% of resident applications (3,903/43.2% last year)
Total out-of-state offers:  4,986 or 23% of nonresident applications (5,069/23% last year)

The offers for nonresidents are higher because historic yield—or percent of students deciding to enroll—for nonresidents is generally lower.

Dean J also reports that the middle 50% SAT score for admitted students was 1970-2250 (ACT composite:  30-34). And 93.2 percent of the students receiving offers of admission were in the top 10 percent of their class.

“Remember that your decision is not a statement about your value. Most of our applicants are qualified,” said Dean J on
her blog. “They are perfectly capable of doing the work at UVa. Our first-year class just isn't large enough to accommodate everyone.”

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