August 27, 2013
The University of Virginia officially welcomed its newest wahoos on Tuesday for the first day of classes on grounds.
"First day, I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit overwhelmed, but I quickly found way around," first-year Sauson Soldozy said. "Getting used to walking a lot."
The university is welcoming more than 3,500 first-year students, which is the largest incoming class in the school's history. They come from 44 states and 72 countries.
"You'll be able to look back and say I went to the University of Virginia," first-year David Figueroa said. "I mean, it's a great college. It's top 25 in the nation, and you can't beat that."
The students are smart, too. About 92 percent of the first-years ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes.
"This is the place to be," first-year Michael Kochubeevsky said. "People always say you should be lucky to be here. I understand why they say that."
The first-years aren't the only new ones on grounds. The university is also welcoming nearly 700 transfer students.