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What our students say....

Zoey
Lynchburg, VA

Talks about...

  • Why U.Va.
  • Being undecided
  • A favorite class
  • What the Lawn means to students

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Blair
Lynchburg, VA

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  • Most surprising thing you've found about U.Va.
  • How has college been different from high school?
  • Who was your favorite professor?
  • What are the arts like at U.Va.?

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Virginia Hawkins
Dallas, TX

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  • What are some of your intellectual interests?
  • Describe one of your favorite learning moments while at U.Va.
  • What is your favorite memory of U.Va.?

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Sarah Cole
Vienna, VA

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  • How do you spend your spring breaks?
  • Where do you go to study for exams?
  • Did you visit U.Va. before deciding to attend?
  • Have you taken a University Seminar? Which one? Why?

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Regan O'Brien
Vienna, VA

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  • Where do you go to study for exams?
  • What is your favorite extracurricular and why?
  • How would you describe the students that attend U.Va.?
  • How is college different from high school?

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Emily
Baltimore, MD

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  • Where are your closest U.Va. friends from?
  • Did you visit U.Va. before deciding to attend?
  • Why U.Va.?
  • What was your favorite class?

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Christina Reynolds
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Talks about...

  • What are your intellectual interests?
  • What is the most surprising thing you've found at U.Va.?
  • Where are your closest U.Va. friends from?
  • How do you spend your spring breaks?

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Anna Schneider
Standardsville, VA

Talks about...

  • What are your intellectual interests?
  • Where are your closest U.Va. friends from?
  • If you were stranded on a deserted island, which book would you want to have with you?

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Bethesda, MD

Talks about...

  • Intellectual interests
  • Most surprising thing you've found at U.Va.?
  • Where are your closest friends from?
  • How do you spend your spring breaks?

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Advice for High School Students

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the University of Virginia.

U.Va. is an exciting place where students with a wide range of interests will be challenged and supported in a diverse curriculum. There are some things that you should do in high school to prepare yourself for life at U.Va. If you are just getting started with the college search, check out the College Board's Big Future website to get acquainted with the process.

1. Take the best program available to you in your core subjects.

Make sure that your class schedule demonstrates that you are taking advantage of all that your school offers. Talk to your counselor and parents to help determine the right program for you. Colleges will want to see that you are pursuing a strong schedule, but they will also want to see good grades.

What do we mean by the core subjects? Those are English, math, foreign language, social studies, and science.

2. Prepare for your standardized tests.

Give yourself time to become familiar with the formats and timing of the standardized tests you’ll be taking. U.Va. requires you to take either the SAT or ACT. We strongly recommend the SAT II subject tests to supplement those scores.

By the way, we want to see applicants in the best light possible, so we look at the best combination of scores when we review standardized test information.

3. Get to know your school counselor and teachers.

Your school counselor and teachers have years of experience working with students preparing for college. They are a great resource to use as you navigate the college search and application process. They’ll also be writing letters of recommendation for you and you want to make sure they have some interesting things to tell your colleges.

4. Get involved in your school or community.

While we are obviously looking for talented students to enrich life in the classroom at U.Va., we are also looking for students who will add to our community in different ways. With over 700 student organizations  at U.Va., we value variety, so get involved with whatever activities you find rewarding.

Once you compile a list of colleges in which you are interested, you’ll probably be interested in the visit options for prospective students and families. You may also want to see cities where Office of Admission staff will be making visits to members in the coming year.

As you prepare for your senior year in high school, you’ll want to review the application instructions. U.Va. is a Common Application school and there is a U.Va. Supplement to the Common Application.