The University Office of Undergraduate Admission released its early action offers for the Class of 2022 Thursday. The University’s early acceptance rate was 27.8 percent, with 5,994 offers of admission from a pool of 21,573 early action applicants — the most in the University’s history. Last year, the University had an offer rate of 28.9 percent for early action applicants. In an email to The Cavalier Daily, Dean of Admission Gregory Roberts said the University extended 2,615 early action offers of admission to Virginians this year. 3,379 offers were made to out-of-state applicants. Of those accepted early action, 1,906 were students of color — an increase from the 1,900 admitted last year. The University also extended offers to 471 applicants who would be the first in their families to attend college — an increase from 441 last year. Roberts also stated that the University made early action offers to 3,369 women and 2,625 men. The middle-50-percent range of SAT scores of accepted early action students also rose to 1390 to 1520, an increase from 1350 to 1500 last year. The middle-50-percent range of ACT scores was 32-35. Overall, the University received a total of 37,188 early and regular applications for the Class of 2022, a one percent increase from last year’s record-setting pool. Applicants came from all 50 states and 147 countries across the world. Of the total applicant pool, 11,739 are minorities — a four percent increase from last year’s pool — and 4,483 would be first-generation college students, a 10 percent increase from 2017. Roberts said the Office of Admission looks for intelligent students coming from a diversity of backgrounds and beliefs. “Students who are self-starters and who are eager to challenge themselves and take academic risks tend to stand out as do students who are kind and thoughtful citizens and leaders,” Roberts said. “We look for students who are not afraid to stand up for their beliefs and who are interested in making a difference in our community and the world around them.” According to Assoc. Dean Jeannine Lalonde’s “Notes from Peabody” admissions blog, admitted early action applicants will learn if they were also accepted into the Echols, Rodman and College Science Scholars “next week by mail.” The University’s enrolling class is targeted to be about 3,725 students. Regular application decisions will be released by April 1. This article has been updated with additional information from the University Office of Admission and Dean of Admission Gregory Roberts.