The University received a record-breaking 55,845 applications for the Class of 2027, a 10 percent increase from last year when the University received 50,813 applications. The admissions cycle came to a close Jan. 5 with the regular decision deadline — application numbers and statistics are not official.
Of the 55,845 applicants, 27 percent applied during the regular decision cycle, 65 percent during the early action cycle and the remaining 8 percent applied during the early decision cycle. These statistics are similar to those of the Class of 2026 applicant pool but with a slight increase from the 61 percent early action application. Early decision and early action applications were due Nov. 1.
The early decision cycle is a binding application process under which students who are admitted to the University must enroll and submit a deposit. Applicants who are deferred during early decision are reviewed as a part of the regular decision pool. Early action applications are non-binding and allow students to wait until May 1 to confirm their enrollment.
Regular decision allows prospective students to submit senior year grades and provides students with more time to compile their application. Regular decision announcements are made by April 1.
The binding early decision option was reintroduced in 2019 for the first time since 2006 and the number of early decision applications increased by 35 percent from 2019-20 to 2020-21.
The number of African American applicants this year increased 22 percent, from 3,274 to 3,991. The number of Asian applicants rose from 8,375 to 9,900, marking an 18 percent increase. The number of Hispanic applicants rose 19 percent from 4,483 to 5,316. Additionally, the number of Native American applicants increased from 42 to 52.
White applicants made up 45 percent of the applicant pool, falling one percent lower than last year. The total number of white applicants rose seven percent from 23,534 to 25,112.
International applications increased four percent from 6,000 to 6,421. First-generation applicants rose to 8,668 — a 20 percent increase.
“We’re thrilled by the incredible interest in the University by such an interesting, accomplished, and diverse group of high school seniors,” Dean of Admission Greg Roberts said in an email statement to The Cavalier Daily. “The admission team is busy getting to know these students through their applications.”
The University provides a variety of measures to increase the accessibility of a University education — which is especially important for students applying through the binding early decision option.
Application and enrollment deposit fee waivers are offered to qualifying applicants and the AccessUVA program through Student Financial Services was established to encourage low-income students to visit and apply to the University during the early decision cycle despite binding acceptances. Applicants are encouraged to take part in a Free Application for Federal Student Aid workshop through Student Financial Services before applying to ensure they are awarded full eligible aid.
The number of applicants applying with legacy status — defined as having at least one parent who previously attended the University — only increased by 5 applicants from the 2,720 who applied last year.
Each of the undergraduate schools experienced an increase in applicants, with the School of Education experiencing the highest increase at 19 percent and the College experiencing the lowest increase at seven percent.
Approximately 41,000 of applicants are out-of-state, or 73 percent. The remaining applicants are from Virginia. As per University policy, two-thirds of any matriculating class must be in-state applicants.
“We look forward to releasing admission decisions over the next few months,” Roberts said. “In the meantime, we wish all applicants the very best as they continue their final year of high school.”