University of Virginia Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, & More

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The Lawn at the Universit of Virginia ( more photos). Photo Credit: Allen Grove

With an acceptance rate of just 30 percent, the University of Virginia is one of the most selective public universities in the country. Successful applicants typically have "A" averages and SAT/ACT scores that are significantly above average (a combined SAT score above 1300 is typical). The university uses the Common Application, and applicants will need to submit application essays, a counselor and a teacher recommendation, and scores from the SAT or ACT.

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Admissions Data (2016)

University of Virginia Description

Established over 200 years ago by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia has one of the most beautiful and historic campuses in the U.S. Explore it with a University of Virginia photo tour.

The school consistently ranks among the top public universities, and with an endowment now over $7 billion it is the wealthiest of the state schools.

UVA is part of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. Located in Charlottesville, the university is near Jefferson's home at Monticello. The school has strengths in academic areas from the humanities to engineering. UVA is a member of the Association of American Universities, and it was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its many strengths in the liberal arts and sciences.

Academics are supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 23,883 (16,736 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44 percent male / 56 percent female
  • 94 percent full-time

Costs (2016–17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $16,412 (in-state); $45,756 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,294 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,726
  • Other Expenses: $2,754
  • Total Cost: $31,186 (in-state); $60,530 (out-of-state)

UVA Financial Aid (2015–16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 56 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 34 percent
    • Loans: 28 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $19,017
    • Loans: $7,520

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 3 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 88 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 94 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball, Wrestling, Lacrosse
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Soccer, Rowing, Basketball, Field Hockey, Swimming, Volleyball, Tennis

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    Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics