Monday, June 1, 2020

Final Transcripts

We just wanted to send a quick reminder about submitting those final transcripts.  If you have paid your deposit, this is imperative.  If you want to be considered for a spot off the wait list, you should send your transcript.  Do us a favor and make sure all of your grades have been posted before you request the transcript.

You must send a transcript including your spring grades even if you are taking summer courses.  If you are in summer courses, you'll need to send two transcripts - 1) now and 2) when your summer courses are over.

Some of you attend a school with trimesters where transcripts won't be available until June.  Please make sure to send those as soon as possible.

We look forward to taking a look at your updated transcripts!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Fall Decisions: The Stats

For those that are curious, here are some statistics about the fall class:

Total applications: 2860
Overall acceptance rate: 38%

Applications by school/Acceptance Rates:

School of Architecture 48 29.0%
College of Arts and Sciences 1972 41.5%
Curry School of Education 43 56.0%
Engineering 371 34.0%
Batten School of Public Policy 10 10.0%
McIntire School of Commerce 233 14.5%
School of Nursing 183 41.0%

Virginian overall acceptance rate: 50%
Out of state overall acceptance rate: 26%

VCCS Enrollment makes up 43% of the total class

Fall Decisions: The Wait list

You can use this post as a space to make comments or ask questions about the wait list. 

If you are interested in staying on the wait list, please make sure you click the button labeled “remain on the wait list.”  If you don’t do this, we will not review your file again in the future. Once you’ve clicked it, that does the trick.  This page stays the same after you click the button in case you change your mind at a later date. If you do end up changing your mind and want to leave the waiting list, please come back and decline the spot. 

Admitted students have until May 15th to make their decisions. After this deadline passes, we will begin to look to see how many students we can take off the wait list. These numbers vary from year to year and unfortunately, it can be a long process. We won’t make any decisions on May 16th.  There is a bit of a wait. Why? Because we have to wait for your final exams to end, and for you to send us updated grades. We hope to make our decisions by the end of June however. Offers are usually made in waves meaning we'll reach out one or two times. 

How do we make these decisions?  We absolutely need to see your transcripts listing your spring 2019 grades.  In short, send us your final transcript. Trust us. If you want us to look at your file again, send it along.  You’ll want to do this, but only after your exams are completed and ALL of your grades are posted.  To send this transcript, please use the same address that appears on the right panel of this blog. Ideally, you would want to get these to us by the first week of June, but there is still time after that period. We know there can be extenuating circumstances. If you were not taking classes this spring, feel free to send a note/email/letter of continued interest to It will get to the transfer committee, so you do not need to put it to anyone’s attention. Please do not send us additional essays or recommendations. 

If your grades are strong, this may help you earn the offer, but we can’t offer to everyone from the wait list, so we’ll be looking at the strongest candidates.  If you earned poor grades this past spring, it would be difficult for us to admit you.

Our wait lists are divided by school – Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Nursing, Batten, Commerce, Kinesiology.  So, you are only on a wait list for that particular program.  It is not ranked, and it is only made up of students who elected to remain on the wait list.  That’s why we can’t give a firm number of right now. Historically, about 20% of the applicants are offered a spot on the wait list, but not everyone elects to stay on it.

If you are eventually offered admission from the wait list and need financial aid information in order to make your decision, we will do our best to help you with this.  If you post here, please be considerate of each other’s feelings, emotions, reactions and the like. We will delete any inappropriate commentary. Good luck all!

Fall Decisions: Not offered Admission

This is obviously not the decision you were looking for when you set out on this journey.  We wish we could admit all of the great applicants who have applied.  The reality is that we only have so much space, making admission highly selective.  We want you to be proud of your accomplishments and proud of the fact that you stuck your neck out and applied to transfer from your world to a whole other world. Even that is an accomplishment. This decision is not a declaration of your personal worth or who you are.  We trust that you have other options and hope you can find peace in that next step.
We do not have an appeals process, but depending upon the length of time you’ve been in college and your desired school here at UVA, you may be able to apply again in the future. You’ll need to complete a new application. For those of you who are in your first year of college, or in community college, with an interest in the College of Arts and Sciences, spring 2020 applications (available beginning on August 1) will be due October 1. If you post here, please be considerate and supportive of each other’s feelings, emotions, reactions and the like. We will delete any inappropriate commentary. We wish you the best of luck wherever this decision may lead you.

Fall Decisions: Offered Admission

Please use this post to ask questions if you have been offered admission.

Congratulations!!! Welcome to UVa!

Please take note that we never promise admission to a particular major.  You have been admitted to the school to which you have applied. Major declaration and planning will occur at orientation and over the summer, and sometimes into the fall semester for rising third years.  For rising second-years, you have plenty of time to declare.

For those of you who applied to Architecture or McIntire, watch out for information on required summer courses (in your offer letter for Architecture and over email for McIntire).
Your $400 admissions deposit can be paid online.  This goes towards your first semester’s tuition. Below your online “letter,” you should see buttons to accept or decline our offer of admission.  Clicking “YES” will not completely secure your spot in the class.  You will need to pay your $400 deposit to set it in stone.  You can pay with a credit card (we do not accept VISA) or with an e-check.  As specified in the letter, you will have until May 15th to put down a deposit.

Financial aid information will start to go out next week, if your financial aid has been reviewed.
You should keep a close eye on your to-do list in the event that Student Financial Services needs more information from you. 

As far as the next steps go, 72 hours after you deposit, you should be able to take UVA’s responsible computing quiz, officially set up your email account and look into orientation. Housing and dining information will take a couple of weeks to come.   It is so important to keep an eye on both your old and new email addresses.  EVERYTHING happens on email.  Don’t miss important deadlines by ignoring these accounts. Hopefully, the email address you put on your application is the one you check most often. Your academic credit will not be evaluated until you pay your deposit and send in your final transcript. This evaluation is ongoing until summer orientation.   If you’re curious about what might transfer, check out our transfer credit analyzer.  Generally, you will not sign up for classes until orientation.  Specialty schools may reach out and tell you you can register at an earlier date, but this won't happen to until late Jane at the earliest.

If you decide not to come to UVA, please be sure to decline the offer using the other button-- the "NO" button. We and our wait listed students would really appreciate you taking the time to do this.

Lastly, keep up the good work and good grades!  We’ve admitted because you have shown us you can perform well in college-level coursework. You’ve come this far.  Let’s keep it up!   Feel free to come back to the blog for moral support during that final exams.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Pass/Fail Transfer Credit from Spring 2020 Semester

Good morning, Everyone!

We just received the official announcement from Academic Affairs with the details of awarding credit and transferring in coursework that has been switched to Pass/Fail grading this semester. This is for all of our undergraduate colleges:

When evaluating external credit for transfer to UVA, UVA will use the following criteria for courses taken during Spring 2020. These criteria will be used to evaluate courses normally accepted for credit at UVA:

Pass/Fail, CR/NC, S/U Grading Options Implemented Expressly for Spring 2020 in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic:

If the institution's Spring 2020 COVID-19 grading policy is limited to two grades (e.g., Pass/Fail, CR/NC, etc):
·        Courses receiving P/CR will be accepted for full credit.
·        Courses normally considered equivalent to a UVA course that receive a P/CR will meet all prerequisite and degree requirements normally met by that equivalency.
If the institution's Spring 2020 COVID-19 grading policy includes an additional grade to distinguish passing grades below C (e.g., P+/P-/W):
·        Courses receiving the lower passing grade will be accepted as generic transfer credit but will not fulfill prerequisites or degree requirements beyond total number of credits required for a degree.
·        Courses receiving the lower passing grade will be assigned a generic course identifier (e.g., BIOL 1000T).

Standard Grades Earned During Spring 2020

Grades Higher Than C:
·        Courses will be accepted for full credit.
·        Courses normally considered equivalent to a UVA course will meet all prerequisite and degree requirements normally met by that equivalency.
Grades C- through D-:
·        Courses will be accepted as generic transfer credit but will not fulfill prerequisites or degree requirements beyond total number of credits required for a degree.
·        Courses will be assigned a generic course identifier (e.g., BIOL 1000T).

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Office of Admission Status - Updated: 3/17/20

Hello Everyone,

In response to the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, the University has made the decision to cancel information sessions and tours until further notice. This decision was made by University leadership after consulting with leading medical experts. It is our hope that these efforts and this decision will best protect the health of our students, staff, faculty, and visitors and assist in slowing the spread of the virus. 

For the time being, the Office of Admission will not be meeting with visitors in person but our admission deans are available to talk by phone or email if you have questions, and we will be providing updates on social media and on our institutional coronavirus webpage.

We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience if you had a visit planned. We are honored that you are considering the University as a possible college destination, and it is our sincere hope that you will consider arranging a visit to UVA once we are back to normal operations.

In the meantime, below are links to some resources that we hope will help you get to know our community, our students, and the University Grounds. 

Most importantly, stay healthy and take care of yourselves and your families.

Best wishes,

The Office of Undergraduate Admission

Thursday, January 30, 2020

A Reminder: High School Transcripts are Required

Often many applicants are surprised that we require a high school transcript, or a GED score report from our transfers. This is an important part of application review and yes, it's required for everyone, no matter how old you are, or how long you have been in school!

This also goes for international students and students who finished high school abroad. This can present difficulties for these students.  Please make sure to consult with your school or school district to have these documents sent to us. If your transcript need translating, you will want to work on this as soon as possible. Most of our applicants use WES for their translation service.  We don't need the evaluation, only the translation. Some international schools do not provide transcripts, but rather summaries or test results from secondary education.  We will take those documents as well.

We tend to look closer at the high school records of rising second-years, because after all, that was less than a year ago for most applicants.  While we require them for any applicant, typically the longer you have been away from high school, the less closely we'll look at that record.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Spring Semester Coursework

Happy New Year to Everybody!

As we begin to look at the spring semester - if you're intending to apply for fall transfer, keep in mind our transfer course requirements as you double check your spring registration. As you may already know, these course requirements are the foundation of a successful transfer application and ensure that you'll have a smooth transition to your degree progress at UVa.

One helpful tool for the transfer course requirements is the credit analyzer - found here. As many previous enrolling students have taken courses you may have taken, you can see how those courses have transferred in. However, please know that the list isn't exhaustive - meaning it's entirely possible that courses you have taken may not be listed on it, but still be transferable when you enroll at UVa. Use your judgement to select courses at your institution that fit into the recommended subjects.

Taking the appropriate courses and earning strong grades are the most important aspects of file review. Now, back to those transfer course requirements. Once you click through to each school -- the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, etc. -- you'll see a list of exactly what you need to take.  Follow this closely, but it's highly recommended that you look to see what UVA students are taking their first two years as well.  It may be wise to take an additional math course if that's what Psychology or Biology is looking for. Some departments have done a great job of speaking directly to transfers on their pages.  Here are some examples -economicspsychology, and media studies. Some give curriculum guides like chemistry and mechanical engineering.  A quick google search will give you information on curricula all over the University.  Our best applicants have planned out their schedules using this information and it shows on transcripts.