The University of Virginia received a record number of early decision and early action applications for its Class of 2025. The 2,918 early decision applications and 28,884 early action applications represented 35% and 15% increases over last year, respectively. It doesn’t appear the pandemic is deterring applicants and that’s right in line with what we have been seeing with our clients.
UVA offers both binding early decision and nonbinding early action options and this year both deadlines were November 1. Virginia residents accounted for 54% of the early decision applicants and 28% of the early action applicants. Financial aid concerns and familiarity with the school usually play heavily into applicants’ early application decisions. Consequently, it is not unusual for in-state applicants to be more willing to apply through the binding early decision than out-of-state applicants.
UVA is testing optional this year and that is likely helping to drive the increase in applications. Based on what we have seen so far this season, we expect the school’s applications to increase over last year’s 40,971 and we also expect its overall acceptance rate to dip into the teens.