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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Early Action coming next year

Friends, for the first time ever, I have a guest blogger on Notes from Peabody.  I think you'll agree that this is a fantastic guest to have...

I hope everyone is enjoying the fall and that you've been able to find some time to have some fun amidst the chaos of applications, essays, SAT and ACT testing, and classes. I am writing today because I have a special announcement regarding admission to UVA. Beginning with the first-year class applying for admission for the Fall 2012 term (current high school juniors), the University will offer an unrestricted Early Action admission plan. We believe this plan will allow those of you who are strongly considering UVA to apply by November 1, 2011 and receive a decision in January 2012. As most of you know, early action is a non-binding admission plan that allows you to receive an admission decision from a college or university early.  You are not required to deposit and secure your place in the class until May 1. Students applying for financial aid can still compare aid offers and make their admission decision in May.

We explored many early admission options and, after careful consideration, determined that an unrestricted EA plan is the most flexible and helpful to students and families. You will be hearing more about the specifics of this plan in the coming months. We are excited about this decision and hope you are too. Unfortunately, this plan is not in effect for those graduating high school in 2011. We have begun to review submitted applications for Fall 2011 admission and expect to have decisions released in late March.

I wish you all the very best for the year. Please let us know if we can help in any way. Good luck and thank you for your interest in UVA.

Greg Roberts
Dean of Admission

If you're a long time reader, you've probably seen me field many requests for an Early Action program since we did away with Early Decision back in 2006.  You'll also remember that I wrote about how any change in deadlines would have to be announced well in advance of the affected application season because of the procedural changes that must be made within our office and with our friends at the Common Application. So, there you have it.  EA will be in effect for students who are juniors this year.