University of Virginia GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

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Over two-thirds of all student applying to the University of Virginia will receive rejection letters. The university made the lists of top public universitiestop southeastern collegestop Virginia colleges, and top business schools. It should come as no surprise that UVA is one of the most selective public institutions in the country, and successful applicants will need both grades and standardized test scores that are above average (often significantly above average).

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University of Virginia Admission Standards

University of Virginia GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission.
University of Virginia GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data Courtesy of Cappex

University of Virginia GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph

In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of students who got in had "A" averages, an SAT score (RW+M) above 1200, and an ACT composite score of 25 or higher. Chances of admission improve as those numbers go up, and an applicant will be in a much stronger position with a combined SAT score above 1300 and an ACT composite score of 29 or better.

Even with an "A" average and strong standardized test scores, an applicant has no guarantee of admission. As the graph below reveals, hidden beneath the blue and green on the graph is a lot of red. Many students with scores and grades that were on target for UVA were rejected. The opposite is also true: some students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because UVA has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. Students who show some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal. A winning essay, strong letters of recommendation, and interesting extracurricular activities can mean the difference between an acceptance letter and a rejection.

The University of Virginia also looks at the strength of an applicant's academic record, not just grades. The admissions folks will be looking for students who have challenged themselves throughout high school rather than taking easy courses. High grades in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Honors classes can all play an important role in the admissions process.

Rejection Data for the University of Virginia

GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Students Who Were Rejected and Waitlisted from the University of Virginia.
GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Students Who Were Rejected and Waitlisted from the University of Virginia. Data Courtesy of Cappex

The graph at the top of this article makes it look as if most students with strong "A" grades and above average SAT/ACT scores are likely to be admitted. The reality is quite different. When we strip away the blue and green dots for accepted students, we see that a significant number of students with perfect GPAs and strong standardized test scores were rejected from the University of Virginia. The reasons for this can be many: shallow extracurricular involvement; no demonstration of leadership experience; sloppy or generic application essays; and so on.

For universities like UVA with low acceptance rates and a high admissions bar, applicants should never assume that they are likely to get in. You'll want to make sure you apply to schools with a range of admissions standards to help ensure you'll receive at least one acceptance letter. Schools that are popular with applicants to the University of Virginia include Virginia Tech, George Mason University, the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, Duke University, and Vanderbilt University.

If you're interested in the University of Virginia, be sure to explore the sights with the University of Virginia Photo Tour, and learn more about the admissions standards, graduation rate, costs, and other data with the UVA Admissions Profile.