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UVA Admissions

If you want to apply to UVA, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 1 and the fee for the application costs $75.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from UVA by April 1.

UVA Admissions Stats at a Glance

UVA 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 89.6%
Mean SAT Score 1397
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 70%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 36%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to UVA?

University of Virginia offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! UVA will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 31.

The early decision acceptance rate at UVA is 34%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 23%. UVA accepts about 21% of early action applicants and 23% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, UVA admitted 721 of the 2130 students who applied early decison. In 2021, UVA admitted 5,191 of the 25,157 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to UVA?

UVA is an extremely difficult school to get into. UVA evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, UVA accepted 23% of students, around 9,230 of the 40,878 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like UVA, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student. For applicants who are not residents of Virginia, getting into University of Virginia is extremely difficult.

In 2021, UVA waitlisted 6,465 students. Of those, 3,780 eventually got in.

What Does UVA Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UVA

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Very Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

UVA 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UVA must submit the following items. Double check with UVA's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UVA?

Students admitted to UVA have an average unweighted GPA of 4.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 42.4% submitted a class rank. At UVA 89.6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 98.3% were in the top 25% and 99.5% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Virginia, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 42.4%
3.75 and 3.99 5.54%
3.50 and 3.74 2.72%
3.25 and 3.49 1.27%
3.00 and 3.24 0.45%
2.50 and 2.9 0.28%
2.00 and 2.49 0.1%

UVA considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UVA does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 70% of UVA's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 36% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UVA?

To be competitive with other UVA applicants, you should strive to earn between 1330 and 1490 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UVA 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1490 and 25% of scored lower than 1330, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UVA student is 1397.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UVA students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UVA students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UVA?

To be most competitive at UVA, you should strive to earn between 30 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UVA's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UVA students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of Virginia

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to UVA.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in UVA during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

UVA Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UVA?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UVA.

Does UVA accept transfer credits?

UVA accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does UVA accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UVA accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UVA?

UVA is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is UVA's acceptance rate?

UVA's acceptance rate is 23%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UVA?

UVA's early decision acceptance rate was 34% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UVA?

The early action acceptance rate at UVA was 21% in 2021.

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UVA Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UVA is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UVA is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UVA ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


30 to 34


30 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UVA is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into UVA. Students with an ACT score that falls between 30 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 30 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UVA SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1330 - 1490


Math SAT Range

660 - 770


Reading SAT Range

660 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1490 and Above


1330 to 1490


1330 and Less


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UVA students is 1397. Applicants with SAT scores of 1490 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UVA, while applicants with SAT scores between 1330 to 1490 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1330 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UVA.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UVA, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.31. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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