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UVa Welcomes Largest Incoming Student Body on First Day of Class

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.

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