UVa Applications on the Rise; Basketball Success Could Have Impact

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

March 25, 2014

The University of Virginia has released unofficial admission statistics, and the number of applications is up while the class size is staying the same.

In 2014, UVa received a total of 31,042 applications and offered admission to 8,972. The university's enrollment goal is 3,570.

That's an increase compared to 2013, when UVa received 29,253 applications and enrolled a class of 3,540. In 2009, the university received 21,831 applications.

The tours of grounds for prospective students continued on Tuesday, despite the snow. Janny Delgado brought her daughter, Kayla, for a tour from the Los Angeles area.

"As a parent, we definitely want to understand what it does have to offer for any child," Janny Delgado said. "This campus is beautiful. Snowing right now, but beautiful."

And despite her proximity to beaches and the ocean, Kayla said she doesn't mind the snow.

"Walking, I was just mesmerized," she said. "I was stepping in the snow everywhere, even though it was really cold and brutal, but I like it because it's different."

The number of applications for admission is only expected to increase as years go by.

"We're looking for great kids," said Greg Roberts, UVa's dean of admission. "We're looking for smart students who are interesting and diverse and bring a lot to the university academically and otherwise."

As more people apply to UVa, it only makes the university more academically competitive.

"It's a disappointing time for some families who don't quite make it, and we're sensitive to that," Roberts said. "But we're doing the best we can to make sure the review is thoughtfully done and respectful of the student's time and effort."

About two-thirds of students offered admission to the Class of 2018 are from Virginia, and many are in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

"You think of admission as a field where you're looking at a bunch of statistics. But our job is to admit human beings," Roberts said. "We think it's a very personal, thoughtful and thorough review. We're looking for what they've done in and outside of the classroom."

With recent success of the UVa men's basketball team, which so far has reached the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament, Roberts said he's curious to see how the popularity will translate in terms of admissions.

"The publicity surrounding the basketball team is terrific, locally of course, but as we get more national recognition, you never can tell," he said. "It could mean more applications next year. It could mean more students accept our offer this year. It's difficult to say."

But even without basketball, the university continues to attract students from all over the country.

"I'm totally sick of sand and ocean water and all of that stuff," Kayla said. "[The university] attracted me because of the scenery and the location, and once I came here and took the tour, I just fell in love with it."

Those offered admission have until May 1 to make a decision.

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