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University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate21%

UVA Admissions

It is extremely difficult to get into University of Virginia. The acceptance rate at University of Virginia is 21%. In 2023, just 9,951 out of the 47,971 students who applied were accepted.

If you are applying to University of Virginia, the fee for the application is $70.

University of Virginia Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of University of Virginia's admissions stats.

University of Virginia 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 89.6%
Mean SAT Score 1445
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 51%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 21%
Waitlist Yes

University of Virginia Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Virginia.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 February 15

Applying Early to University of Virginia?

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

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. University of Virginia will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at University of Virginia is 44%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 21%.

University of Virginia accepts approximately 22% of early action applicants and 21% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, University of Virginia admitted 960 of the 2197 students who applied early decision. Last year, University of Virginia admitted 6,285 of the 29,38 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

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

More on University of Virginia Admissions

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into University of Virginia is extremely difficult.

Transferring to University of Virginia

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Virginia

In 2022, University of Virginia waitlisted 8,690 students and 4,924 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 86 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important for Getting Into University of Virginia?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. 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 admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at University of Virginia

What does University of Virginia consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
State Residency Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with University of Virginia for more information on admission factors.

University of Virginia Application Requirements

To apply to University of Virginia, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with University of Virginia's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Virginia?

University of Virginia has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school. University of Virginia considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 38.7% submitted a class rank. At University of Virginia 89.6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 98.2% were in the top 25% and 99.6% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Virginia, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 89.64%
3.75 and 3.99 6.81%
3.50 and 3.74 2.39%
3.25 and 3.49 0.55%
3.00 and 3.24 0.37%
2.50 and 2.9 0.21%
2.00 and 2.49 0.03%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Virginia directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of Virginia is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 51% of University of Virginia's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 21% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Virginia?

To be competitive with other University of Virginia applicants, you should strive to score between 1400 and 1510 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Virginia 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1510 and 25% of scored lower than 1400, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Virginia student is 1445.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Virginia students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 690 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Virginia students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 690 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Virginia, you should strive to earn between 32 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Virginia's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Virginia students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

More Information on Transferring to University of Virginia

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to University of Virginia.

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 University of Virginia during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

University of Virginia Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Virginia?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Virginia.

Does University of Virginia accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Virginia accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does University of Virginia accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ University of Virginia accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Virginia?

❌ No, University of Virginia is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is University of Virginia's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for University of Virginia is 21%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Virginia?

✅ University of Virginia's early decision acceptance rate was 44% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at University of Virginia?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at University of Virginia was 22% in 2021.

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UVA Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into UVA? UVA is a selective institution. The UVA acceptance rate is 21%. This means that the institution accepts 20 out of every 100 applicants.


UVA Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1400 - 1510


Math SAT Range

700 - 780


Reading SAT Range

690 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1510 and Above


1400 to 1510


1400 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UVA students is 1445. Applicants with SAT scores of 1510 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UVA, while applicants with SAT scores between 1400 to 1510 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1400 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UVA.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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