September 25, 2006
Over 900 first-year students last year took advantage of early admissions. Beginning in 2008, that will no longer be an option.
The University of Virginia has decided to drop its early admission program following the likes of Harvard and Princeton who did the same earlier this month. Last year, nearly 30% of the incoming class was early admission. The program has existed since the early 1960's but admission officials say it often times eliminates low income students. They hope putting everyone in the same pool will grow the school's diversity.
"We hope they take this as a signal that the University of Virginia is serious about providing access for students whose income is low, who have done very well in school, who are excellent students and would benefit from the program here," said John Blackburn, UVa's Dean of Admissions.
The elimination of this program will make the application deadline of early January the same for everyone.
The University of Delaware and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also have eliminated early admissions.
Supporters of early admission say the process lessens stress for high school seniors who know what school they are heading to by early December.