The Class of 2021 began to take shape Wednesday when the University of Virginia released its early action decisions.
The number of early applications rose by 24 percent compared to last year, with 20,446 students applying for the non-binding early action program out of more than 36,700 total applications. Regular application decisions will be released by the end of March and all students offered admission will have until May 1 to accept their offers.
Consistent with previous years, the University had an early action offer rate of near 30 percent, sending acceptance letters to 5,910 students. Of those offers, 4,495 were for the College of Arts & Sciences, 96 for the School of Architecture, 66 for the Curry School of Education, 1,178 for the School of Engineering and Applied Science and 75 for the School of Nursing.
The diverse cohort of UVA’s Class of 2021 includes students from more than 65 countries. Though their distance from Charlottesville varies, many will begin their journey on Grounds today by visiting a "UVA 21" site to explore the opportunities that await them at the University.
Even before they set foot on the Lawn, these new students began joining the worldwide Wahoo network by taking to social media to share their exciting admissions news. Moments after the electronic admissions notifications went live online, new students were flooding UVA’s social channels with their own admissions stories using the tag #UVA21.