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Virginia Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to Virginia, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not.

However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

Test Type
SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

Percent change to get into :100 percent

With an acceptance rate of 28.9%, admission to Virginia is still competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the top of your class, and have an SAT score of close to 1410, or an ACT score of around 30.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Virginia admission statistics.


Virginia Admissions Statistics

Virginia’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 27%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 36,800 applicants, Virginia admitted approximately 9,936. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 4.23, the average ACT score was 30, and the average SAT score was 1410.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 29, and the 75th percentile score was 33.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1330. The 75th percentile score was 1510.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Virginia is very competitive. Even if Virginia is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere. Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Virginia’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Virginia Application Requirements

To apply to Virginia, you’ll need to fill out the Common Application, submit an ACT or SAT score (writing test optional), optional SAT Subject Test scores, two letters of recommendation, a personal essay and a $70 application fee. Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and January 1st for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common Application and pay an application fee of $70 (or apply for a fee waiver)
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score (writing score optional)
  • Submit SAT Subject tests scores (optional)
  • Submit your high school transcript
  • Submit two letters of recommendation and a personal essay

The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and January 1st for Regular Decision. March 1st is the financial aid application deadline.

Have you been admitted to Virginia? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Virginia Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Virginia, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 46% are male and 54% are female
  • 93.4% graduated in the top ten percent of their class

Virginia has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 4.5%
  • Two or more races: 4.7%
  • White: 63.3%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Virginia offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Economics
  • Business/Commerce
  • Biology/Biological Sciences

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Virginia Tuition Figures

At $32,141 (in-state) to $61,994 (out of state), Virginia’s total cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $30,378.

Here’s a fuller look at Virginia tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $32,141-$61,994
  • Average financial aid package: $28,084
  • The average student debt of a Virginia graduate is $24,598

For the latest numbers and to learn more about financial aid options, click HERE.

Now, what is life like at Virginia? Let’s take a look.


Virginia Location

Virginia’s main campus is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Much of the campus’ architectural style was influenced by American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson.

Remember, you’re going to Virginia for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Virginia Academics

Virginia has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • African American & African Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Architecture
  • Urban & Environmental Planning

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Virginia.


Student Life at Virginia

Virginia has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Virginia’s student activities:

  • Sports Business Society
  • 3D Printing Club
  • Academic Competition Club
  • Active Minds at UVA
  • Aerial Dance Club at UVA
  • Arabic Conversation Club
  • Battleground Faith
  • Be the Match
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Dark Skies, Bright Kids
  • Engineers Going Forward
  • Federalist Society
  • Hackers@UVA
  • Iranian Students Association
  • Kids Acting Out

Are you an athlete? Virginia’s got plenty of options for you.


Virginia Athletics

Virginia offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Virginia’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Squash

Who might you become with a Virginia degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Virginia has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Astronaut Bill Nelson
  • Journalist Ron Suskind
  • Computer science pioneer John Backus
  • Polar explorer Richard Byrd
  • Author Edgar Allen Poe
  • Artist Georgia O’Keefe
  • Self-made billionaire Paul Tudor Jones
  • News anchor Katie Couric
  • US Senator Robert F. Kennedy
  • Arizona governor Janet Napolitano
  • US President Woodrow Wilson

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Virginia is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

Shark Tank Winner, Perfect SAT Scorer, Dermatologist, & #1 Bestselling Author
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