The University released early action admission decisions Friday evening for the incoming Class of 2024. According to statistics provided by Dean of Admissions Gregory Roberts, out of the 25,160 students that applied in the early action cycle, 5,220 were offered admission — a 20.7 percent acceptance rate. Last year’s early action pool had an acceptance rate of 26 percent.
The University received a record breaking number of applications this year, totalling 40,971 with all application cycles — early decision, early action and regular decision — combined. This breaks the previous record of 40,804 total applicants that was set during last year’s application cycle, which had an overall acceptance rate of 23.8 percent.
From this year’s early action pool, 586, or 11 percent, of the offers were to first-generation scholars, and 542, or 10 percent, were to legacies.
In December, the University admitted 748 students who applied during the early decision round — a process that binds students to enrollment if they receive an offer — which yielded a 35 percent acceptance rate. Of the early decision cycle acceptees, seven percent are first-generation college students and 26 percent are legacy students.
Minority students comprise 40 percent of early action offers, and eight percent of those admitted early action are foreign nationals. Additionally, 56 percent of the early action students offered admission identify as female. The non-Virginian offer rate was 15 percent, and the in-state offer rate was 34.5 percent.
The average SAT score was 1439 out of 1600, and over 95 percent of those admitted from the early action pool rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
Decisions for the regular decision admission cycle will be released April 1.