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Thursday, February 13, 2020

The #UVA Scholars Programs (Don't Call Them Honors Colleges!)

We are working on getting a first round of invitations to our scholars programs out by the end of the month. Those invitations will initially come by email and a hard copy of the invitation letter will follow. Another round of students will be invited to join those programs at the end of our reading season. I thought I'd cover three of the biggest questions/concerns about the scholars programs here and link to each so those interested can explore the opportunities they provide.

1. UVa does not have separate honors colleges.

A lot of state universities have honors colleges. These colleges often have separate curricula, faculty, and resources. We don't have have this at UVA. We have four scholars programs: Echols, Rodman, College Science Scholars, and the Miller Arts Scholars


2. The application to UVA is the application to Echols, Rodman, and College Science Scholars.

We keep the first three scholars programs in mind when reviewing every application. There is no special application or way to designate interest in those programs. All applicants are automatically considered for them. The best way to show that you're scholars material is to have a stellar academic record and show intellectual curiosity and a willingness to go above and beyond presented subject matter in school.


3. You can join all four programs after you arrive, too.

All four scholars programs accept students once they complete some work at UVA. There is information about how they add students on their websites. Keep in mind that no first year will be an arts scholar. Miller Arts Scholars requires certain UVA coursework for applicants


I'm happy to answer your questions about these programs in the comments.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Let's Talk about #UVA24 Early Action: Admitted!

Admitted students can use this entry to talk.

I imagine you might also want to join the UVA Class of 2024 Facebook group to chat with your future classmates. There will inevitably be a GroupMe that spins off from that group, too. Please be careful about joining groups that say they are for the incoming class. Remember, that Facebook group is for students.

Parents, you can check out the UVA Parents website, the UVA Parents Fund Facebook page, and the UVA Parent Network group on Facebook (the last is run by parents, not by UVA)

This was in your letter, but you can submit an enrollment deposit between now and May 1st. We'll be sending an invitation to our open houses for undecided students soon. Orientation registration will open around April 1st and you'll get more information about that in the future.


Congratulations! We are so lucky you are considering joining us!
Image by Jen Fariello Photography

Let's Talk about #UVA24 Early Action: The Defer Decision

Deferred students can use this post to talk.

Your application hasn't finished it's journey yet.

We know the wait is tough, but we think reviewing your application during Regular Decision could help your case. You must submit the deferral form in your portal if you want to be considered in Regular Decision and and submit your midyear grades by February 15th.

Hang in there! Review the defer FAQ page for answers the most common questions and follow the directions there about submitting new information.


Jack hopes you can find a peaceful place to wait.

Let's Talk about #UVA24 Early Action: The Deny Decision

Denied students can use this entry to talk.

I know this is hard to handle and some of you might not have gotten a disappointing admission decision yet. I hope you all can look at your options and get excited about your other schools. If your immediate reaction is "I'll transfer", don't let that plan keep you from getting involved in campus life at the school you choose. I think many students come to think of their next choice as "home" and can't imagine leaving it after a little while. Give yourself time to explore your options.

Some students inquire about being moved to the defer group. We do not have an appeal process. This decision will not change.

Please be polite and respectful of others when posting.



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Unofficial #UVA Early Action Statistics

Here are some unofficial numbers about the Early Action process. These numbers were up to date on Friday morning. If you are a reporter, please contact the Office of University Communications for current, official information and all of your reporterly needs. :)

The Office of Institutional Assessment is the source of all official statistics about UVA. They take a census to determine the final statistics for the class. You can see official admission data in the data digest part of their website. 


Early Action Applications

Total number of Early Action applications: 25,160
Total number of VA apps: 7,250
Total number of OOS apps: 17,910
We use completed applications in our statistics.

Early Action Offers

Overall offers: 5,219
Total VA offers:  2,502 (35% offer rate)
Total OOS offers:  2,717 (15% offer rate)
Enrollment Goal: ~3,750
It's misleading to average these offer rates together because residency is a major factor in our review. If you are going to share these numbers, cite BOTH offer rates. 

Early Action Defers

Overall defers: 6,447
Total VA defers: 1,795
Total OOS defers: 4,652
Read more about deferral here (this link is in all defer letters).

I can also share that our total application number is at 40,971 right now. Remember, we use completed applications in our stats, so the total may go down by the end of the Regular Decision process.

A couple notes:

1. I do not have additional statistics. I have a queue full of Regular Decision applications in front of me and I need to give them the same time and attention I gave early files.

2. If you are deferred, you must submit the defer form in your portal if you'd like to be considered in RD and follow the directions on the defer student page about what you may add to your file.

3. Admitted students will get a paper copy of the offer letter by mail.

4. The Echols, Rodman, and College Science Scholars program invitations will come by email at the end of February. Echols and Rodman also allow self-nomination after your first semester. Miller Arts Scholars only apply after the first semester.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

#UVA Early Action Decisions Coming this Friday for #UVA24!

If you're a regular reader of the blog, participate in my live q&a sessions on Instagram, or see me reply to questions on Twitter/reddit/etc, you've inevitably noticed that we release admission decisions early whenever possible.

Our calendar had to shift to accommodate the new Early Decision process this year. The stated time for Early Action decisions to be released is mid-February (April 1 for Regular Decision, btw). I'm so happy to share that we are finishing the Early Action ahead of schedule and will post results to student portals in a couple days.

Early Action notification will be the evening of 
Friday, January 31, 2020!

This is official. Please do not call our office to confirm it. The decisions will go up after hours so most applicants are checking from home instead of school and there are fewer people on the system after the business day is over. I do not control the time of the release. There's a technical team that has to go through several processes to get the portals updated.

If you want to chat with some other students, here's a link to a students-only Facebook group for the Class of 2024. I'm not in that group (it's for students only), but I'll be watching the comments here and checking in on Instagram, Twitter, and reddit to answer questions.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

#UVA Art Supplement Deadline Extended!

We just found out that SlideRoom wasn't working on January 1st, so we are extending the deadline to submit art supplements for Regular Decision applicants to this Friday. Please email Matthew Mangione in our office if you have further issues with the system.