Monday, December 6, 2010

Spring Specifics

We received about 320 applications and 13% of applicants were admitted. The in-state/out-of-state ratio was standard at 2/3rds and 1/3rd. These are not vacancies that we have to fill, but a yearly infusion of transfers that are factored into to enrollment numbers each year. This means about 40 students were offered admission.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Spring 2011 Transfer Decisions

All transfer decisions will be posted online tomorrow, November 30 at 5PM EST. Letters will only be mailed (December 1) to students who are offered admission. This is a new move for us and the first time we've done it this way. There is no wait-list process for spring admission. An applicant is either offered or not offered. DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE to ask for your decision on November 30. We will be putting on the finishing touches all day long.

You can check your decisions online from this access point. Entering your UVA Computing ID and Password will get you into your self-service account.

If you've lost the email with this information, contact our help desk at We, in the office of admission cannot help you with this issue. You can also call them at (434) 924-HELP. They're available 24 hrs/day.

Good luck everyone!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Spring Applicants: Check your Student Self-Service Page

I am sure I am preaching to the choir here, but please make sure to become familiar with your to-do list on your student self-service page. I'm told that many students are missing particular transcripts. Your to-do list will tell you which transcripts haven't been matched up to your file. Now, granted if you requested a transcript on Nov 1, it might not be in your file yet. But hopefully, it will find it's way there by the end of this week.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall Transfer Open House

We often get questions about specific open houses for those who are interested in transferring. We typically have these twice a year. The first for this school year will be on Friday, November 12. You must register and you can do that here:
Make sure you click "Transfer" and that will give you the option to register for the Nov 12 session that starts in the Newcomb Hall Theater.

The program will have three parts:
10:00am -10:45am: Transfer Information Session (tentative student panel planned)
10:45am - Noon: Walking Tour of Grounds
12:15pm - 1:00pm: Individual School Sessions

In the individual school sessions, you'll have the ability to visit the Architecture, Engineering, Education and Commerce schools. A session for the College of Arts and Sciences will take place in the Newcomb Hall Theater.

We encourage you to have lunch on grounds and visit classes on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. Check out the Open Class List for a listing of available courses.

We hope to see you on the 12th!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Don't let this be you

As we near the application deadline and you get excited about applying to your transfer school(s), remember that we (UVA) only take students for the College of Arts and Sciences and Architectural History in January. For those interested in Commerce, Engineering, etc, you'll have to wait until March 1 for the Fall semester deadline. Hopefully, this will alleviate some confusion on your end and extra work (in contacting you) on our end.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Spring Deadline Just Ahead

Is it just me, or does it seem like this semester is speeding by? And just ahead lies the application deadline for the spring semester. You must apply using the Common Application

I just mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, but we only accept applications for the College of Arts and Sciences and Architectural History in the Spring.

We don't accept applications from freshman for the spring semester.

The College Officials Report and Secondary School Report are not required. The Instructor Evaluation or a similar recommendation is recommended.

Our notification date is December 1.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Transfer Chat TONIGHT!

Come find us online tonight from 7-9PM EST. Go to, enter a user name and you should be good to go. There should be two rooms open, one for admissions questions (transfer lounge) and the other for questions about UVA students ( student life). See you online!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Coming Soon: Online Transfer Chats

Have any questions you want answered in real-time? Want to find out what it's like to be a student at UVA? We are hosting two chats this fall, and the first one is next week. Join current students and admissions deans on these dates.

1) Wednesday, October 13
2) Wednesday, November 17
Both will occur from 7-9pm EST.

More details next week...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Announcing the Pre-Comm Blog

Those of you who are interested in studying business might consider the McIntire School of Commerce. This is a two-year program whether your internal or external (like yourselves). So, if you are looking to come to UVA for your 2nd year of college, you would have to apply to the College of Arts and Sciences as a Pre-Comm student, finish your pre-requisites in your 2nd year here and then apply to the Commerce school. If you are looking to come to UVA for your 3rd year of college, you would apply directly to the Commerce School. The admissions process is competitive, but the administrators at the Commerce school are very approachable and do a great job of informing prospective students about the admissions process. That's why it comes as no surprise that they have launched their own blog. You can find them here and I've listed the blog on one of the menus to the right.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Let's Look at Majors

While it is important to be aware of the pre-requisites for the schools to which you're applying, it is also helpful to know what to expect once you get here or see if there's more you can take before you transfer. I would encourage everyone to take a look at your area of interest(s).

At this site, you'll find a list of all our majors:

It's up to you to dig a bit deeper and check out the departments' websites. Here are a couple of freebies for you: Biology -- and Economics --

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Spring Admissions Process

Welcome to new readers and welcome back to the old readers,

With the school year starting around the country, it's time we updated the blog for the spring admissions process.

Here are five things you should know:

1)Freshman students are not eligible. You may apply for Fall 2011, but not Spring.
2)We only review applications for the College of Arts and Sciences and Architectural History.
3)The deadline for all materials to be submitted is November 1
4)If you've applied before, you'll need to fill out a new application.
5)The VCCS Guaranteed Admission Agreement is not applicable for spring.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wait List is Closed

It has been a long wait on both our end as well as yours, but the transfer wait list is now closed. Your SIS account should show this change today or tomorrow. And so that you have it in writing, letters will go out this week. I know this may come as a disappointment for some of you, but as many of you have said over the last few days, it will allow you to move on and make other plans for this fall. I want to thank you for your questions and assistance with your fellow bloggers. I am hopeful that the camaraderie that one often finds on here continues into the next phase.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Please note that the person managing this blog is currently away from the office due to an unexpected emergency. There have been a number of questions regarding the end of waitlist activity. At this time, the waitlist has not been released and will not likely be completed until mid-July. If you have further questions at this time, please direct them to the office of admission at 434-982-3200. Thank you for your continued interest in attending the University of Virginia and have a nice week.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Final Transcripts for Admitted Students

If you are an admitted student, and you're looking to see if we've received the transcript containing your spring grades, please look at your SIS account. We are getting a lot of calls and emails from students wanting us to check this out, but if you're admitted, you can easily tell from your To-Do List. If you have misplaced or can't remember this information, you should contact the 24-hour Help Desk at 434-924-HELP (4357) or

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Waitlist Update #2

Well, the time has come. A batch of wait list notifications will go out tonight via email. Remember to check the email address you gave us on your application. In due time, your SIS account will reflect this change. Please follow the instructions when it comes to deadlines and procedures. If you are not interested in accepting the offer, let us know. This will help us move along in the process. You will receive a letter in a few days, but you should act upon the offer through your SIS account.

This likely won't be the only day notifications go out, but when we close the wait list at the end of June, everyone will get a letter to say the process is complete.

I will update you with more when I can.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Waitlist Update

We are just beginning to move to the waitlist. We expect to take 50-100 students per usual. Most will come from the College of Arts and Sciences. Keep reading.

As we begin to look at files, we are not seeing the final transcripts(including spring grades) that are necessary for aiding us with this process. It is very rare that we would make a final decision on a student without these grades.

If you haven't already done so, please send your official transcript to our office. The address is UVA Office of Admission, P.O. Box 400160, Charlottesville, VA 22904.

While I realize I might be preaching to the choir, it never hurts to get a reminder :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

No Wait List News Yet

Hello All,

We are still looking at the class and the numbers. I should have information on the status of the wait list at the end of next week. Unfortunately, this is a waiting game. But, we will begin to work on it at the end of the month and will probably continue working on it until late June.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Important Notes

Pleeeease don’t be anonymous. It makes things very confusing on here. After you make your comment and BEFORE you click on that big orange button, click on “Name/URL” and make up and alias for yourself. It is really hard to answer questions when everyone’s name is anonymous.

If you are on the wait list or admitted, be sure to send your final spring transcript when it becomes available. We will not accept unofficial transcripts. They must be official and sealed.

If you applied for financial aid, and you have not received an aid award, make sure to check your to-do list. You might be missing an important document that is holding up your decision.

Revisiting the Offer


It has been a crazy couple of days in the office. I promise to get to all of your comments by tomorrow. Here are some topics that seemed to come up a lot in the commentary. Hopefully, most of you have received letters and that should clear up a lot of questions.

Paying your Deposit and Matriculating

You have until May 15th to deposit. Pop-ups have been an issue with payment. Please disable these and you should be set. Once you do this, it takes about 72 hours(and sometimes less) to be fully matriculated. This will allow you to seek out registration for Orientation and Housing.

Financial Aid

There was another cluster of financial aid awards posted yesterday. If you have questions about your package and materials (it does take a few days for Student Financial Services to review the info) you can call them at (434) 982-6000.

Transfer Guide

The College of Arts and Sciences puts out a great guide for new transfers. You can find it here.

Orientation We do have orientation for transfer students. Most of you will come on July 22 or 23, but Commerce has an extended program that is required if you want to start in the Fall. Those dates are August 18-20.All questions regarding commerce orientation should be directed towards their office. All Orientation questions can be directed towards general Orientation.

Credit Evaluation

Your school will begin to evaluate credit after you turn in your final grades. That means you need to send them as soon as they become available. This will help you with registering for classes at orientation. As you can imagine this is a long process that probably won’t be completed until the end of June.

Want to take summer classes?

As one of your fellow bloggers found, anyone is welcome to sign up for summer classes. There is a specific office devoted to summer coursework. For more info, go to


I'm not sure of the timing for mailing or releasing housing information, but their website is

There is a new residential college created especially for transfer students. Check it out at

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Correction on Wait List Button

I apologize for the confusion. I assumed the process would be the same for transfers as it was for first-years whereby they can select to remain on the wait list. I'll look into it and get back to you. For now, there is nothing you need to do to stay on the wait list. You will all be reconsidered.

On Monday, I will attempt to get to all of your questions.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Were you waitlisted as a transfer for Fall 2010?

You may use this entry as a place to post comments or questions about being in this position.

If you are still interested in us, please make sure you click the button(on your self-service page) that indicates that you want to "remain on the wait list." If you don't do this, you will not be reviewed again in the future.

We will also need your spring 2010 grades in order to make these decisions. After final exams are completed and your grades are finalized, please make sure you mail us your official transcript. Our address is University of Virginia, Office of Admission, P.O. Box 400160, Charlottesville, VA 22904.

After the deposit deadline of May 15, we'll begin to look to see how many students we can take off of the wait list. This can be a long process, but it really depends on the year. We hope to make our decisions by mid-June and if this date changes, I will let you know.

Not Offered Admission?

This is the hardest of all. I wish we didn't have this option, but unfortunately, we are unable to admit all of our applicants. Please be polite and considerate of others' feelings in your commentary if you must write here.

Offered Transfer Admission?

I'd like to create a forum for every decision you might see later today. Please be respectful of your fellow applicants and our office. I will delete comments if necessary. Your status page is pretty basic. A more detailed letter will come to you in the mail in a few days.

Feel free to ask questions here if you've been offered admission.

Just below your letter are buttons to accept or decline your offer. If you accept, you'll then be instructed to pay the $250 deposit. Only clicking yes will not secure your spot in the class. You will need to pay as well. You can pay with most credit cards(we don't use VISA) or with an e-check. You'll have until May 15 to put down your deposit. If you have decided not to come to UVA, please click the button declining your offer. This will help us in our next phase. I will address questions about housing, orientation and credit evaluation next week.

Thank You!

Thanks for all of the messages readers! More importantly, thank you for applying. We were lucky to get all of your applications, but there are always more applications than spots available in the class. Please remember that the decision that comes out this season, no matter what it may be, has nothing to do with your great value as a student and person. May you be a great contributor to your school and community wherever you end up.

Financial Aid

Financial aid offers will be posted for offered students on Monday. I'm not sure of the exact time. This can also be found on your student self-service page. Student Financial Services(SFS) has advanced a bit in that they will not send financial aid awards in the mail. You'll only be able to see them or any necessary documents requested online. I understand that they'll mail more information(payment plan, etc) in the summer after you have deposited.

In order to receive financial aid, you must fill out the FAFSA and the University Financial Aid Application(UFAA).

Decisions will be released after 5pm today (FRIDAY)

Hello all,

Decisions will be released online today after 5pm. Most of the letters will go in the mail today as well. DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE. We will not give out decisions over the phone. And in fact, we are still making decisions as you read this.

You can check your decisions online. You know that very well, but tell your friends who do not read the blog.

The place to go is here where you would next click on SIS Login on the left hand side. Again, using your UVA Computing ID and Password will get you into your self-service account.

If you've lost the email with this information, contact our help desk at We, in the office of admission cannot help you with this issue. You can also call them at (434) 924-HELP. They're available 24 hrs/day.

Good luck to everyone!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

UVA's YouTube Web Channel

Wahoohopeful has been leaving some videos for us to watch. Like many schools, we have our own web channel on YouTube. Here is the link: The stories come from all types of media and various types of media and events at UVA and around town. Take a look:
President Casteen is retiring this year after 20 years as President. There was a big lunch party for him last week and I think that's the first video you'll find.

Friday, April 23, 2010

In Preparation for May 1

I might be preaching to the choir here, but I wanted to remind you all that you can check your decisions online come May 1. Letters will be mailed as well, but your decision can be viewed on your self-service account. This is not only the place for decisions, but it's where you can view your financial aid award and pay your deposit once you're admitted. Suffice it to say, this is an important place that you should get familiar with before decisions are released. There are a number of the applicants who haven't looked at their account. We sent this email to them yesterday.

"Thank you for applying as a transfer student to the University of Virginia. We noticed recently that you have not yet logged onto your self-service account to check on your application status. As we approach the release of decisions on May 1, we recommend that you take a minute to log onto self-service ( If you are having trouble logging on or feel that you are missing your log-on credentials, please contact the help desk as soon as possible. They are available 24/7 at 434-924-4357 or at"

Let's hope all of these applicants look into it before May 1.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Earth Week at UVA

With nail-biting anticipation, we can all feel the anxiety building. May 1 is just around the corner, but until then, I will try and come up with some interesting events going on around Grounds as the semester closes.

For instance, Earth Day is just not enough for us. We are in the midst of Earth WEEK as we get closer to April 22. The University has an entire office devoted to sustainability awareness, be it in the dining halls, recylcing plastics in the residence halls and having more paper conscious offices. The Office of Sustainability is spearheading earth week and there are various mini-events going on in conjunction with it. For more information, check out this link:

To answer some of your other questions, the Guaranteed Agreements only apply to the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering.

The date of release is May 1. I don't foresee it coming out any earlier, but again, I will let you know here.

I think what you've done so far is fine loyal readers, but I would strongly discourage you all from putting personal information up on the blog.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Here's the thing about course descriptions

Just for observation's sake, as we dig in with the transfer applications, we've discovered another reason why we ask you for course descriptions. Many of your colleges do not list Spring 2010 courses on their transcripts. Your current courses are very important because they help us determine how close or far you are from achieving the general ed requirements. If you haven't emailed us yet(especially if your courses are not on your transcript), there's still time. Email catalog descriptions to

Friday, March 12, 2010

Materials are making their way to your files

You all have been very patient in understanding that materials don't go into your file automatically. We have many diligent employees working to open mail, scan documents, put a name to the document on the system and then link them to your file. You see, everything is electronic. We read your applications on computer screens, like you see in Dean J's post here: So, we have to take the time to make sure everything is complete in it's electronic format before it's "ready to read." That being said, if you ordered your transcript towards the end of February, beginning of March, it came in with hundreds of other documents for your fellow applicants. The good news is (and I spoke to a supervisor in this department yesterday) that the team is almost all caught up on everything that's come into our office. If you know that it's been more than a month since you sent something, you may email our office and we can look into it for you. Please note that such a request will take us 24-72 hours to get back to you. The best email address to use is If you got married or divorced at any time in your education career, please alert us to this. Usually, we can pick up on this, but if you it seems to be taking too long for documents to get to your file, that might be the issue.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Coming Soon: The Fall 2010 Deadline

If you're reading this blog, you might be well aware that it's less than two weeks until the deadline on March 1. I just thought I'd post a reminder.

Did you apply for Spring 2010, but you weren't offered admission? You have until March 1 to tell us you would like to be considered for our Fall review. Here are the important things you should know.

If you haven't done so already, you must write to us to tell us you want to be reviewed.

-You can write a letter to us, but in order to insure speedy delivery, you may email us at PLEASE put "Transfer Applicant Rollover" in your subject line.
- You must send us your updated transcript. This includes Fall grades if you were in school in the Fall. The postmark deadline is March 1. The address again is UVA Office of Admission, P.O. Box 400160, Charlottesville, VA 22904
-You must also send a list and description of your current classes. You can email these to the same address.
-You do not need to pay or fill out a new application.
-Your SIS account should reflect the Fall 2010 process during the first week of March.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Breaking News! Transfer Session Rescheduled!

The transfer session will now occur on Wednesday, February 17, at 1pm in the Newcomb Hall Theater. The tour will take off from the same location at 2pm.
For parking information,
Please arrive early to look for parking. We are expecting higher than normal crowds due to many high schools having their winter breaks.

Weather and Transfer Session!

With the inclement weather coming our way again, we are are canceling tomorrow's session and tour. Please stay tuned for more information. Hopefully, we'll be able to reschedule for another time before March 1.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Arts Supplement

Students with exceptional talent in art, dance, drama or music, and who plan to major, minor or significantly engage in the arts are encouraged to submit a Common Application Arts Supplement.

The catch is that we are not participating in the common app arts submission process. For detailed instructions, please go here:

If you submit through the common app, we will not receive the supplement.

The deadline for submission is also March 1, 2010.

Monday, January 25, 2010


When you spend some time with your Common Application, you find the School Forms section. Don't be alarmed. We do not require these forms. Please read my post from January 15th of last year. Click on the link below for all the information you need.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Transfer Information Session

If you follow this blog closely, you know that we try to have information sessions every Fall and Spring. Our next one will be held on Wednesday, February 10th from 1-3:30pm. It will be in the Newcomb Hall Theater. This includes a 1 hour sit-down session followed by a walking tour of the grounds that lasts anywhere from 1.25-1.5 hours. Reservations are not necessary.