University of Virginia (VA)

University of Virginia (VA)

Common Application 

Early Action: Nov.1, 2016
Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017 

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please         share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn            from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                         importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions:

l   We are looking for passionate students to join our diverse community of scholars, researchers, and artists. Answer the question that corresponds to the school/program to which         you are applying in a half page or roughly 250 words.

1.         College of Arts and Sciences - What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way?

2.         School of Engineering and Applied Sciences - UVA engineers are working to solve problems that affect people around the world, from our long-term water purification project        in South Africa to continuing to research more efficient applications of solar power. However, most students start small, by using engineering to make a difference in daily           life. If you were given funding for a small engineering project that would make your everyday life better, what would you do?

3.         School of Architecture - Describe an instance or place where you have been inspired by architecture or design.

4.         School of Nursing - Discuss experiences that led you to choose the School of Nursing.

5.         Kinesiology Program - Discuss experiences that led you to choose the kinesiology major.

l   Required of ALL applicants, regardless of school or program. Answer one of the following questions in a half page or roughly 250 words:

1.         What’s your favorite word and why?

2.         We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.

3.         Student self-governance, which encourages student investment and initiative, is a hallmark of the U.Va. culture. In her fourth year at U.Va.,Laura Nelson was inspired to            create Flash Seminars, one-time classes which facilitate high-energy discussion about thought-provoking topics outside of traditional coursework. If you created a Flash           Seminar, what idea would you explore and why?

4.         U.Va students paint messages on Beta Bridge when they want to share information with our community. What would you paint on Beta Bridge and why is this your                   message?

Documents Required: 
  • $70 Application Fee
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score reports for 2 SAT Subject Tests (Recommended)
  • Official score reports of TOEFL or IELTS
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid Year Report
  • Official Transcript 
  • 1 Academic Teacher Evaluation
  • 1 Counselor Recommendation

Other Information: 

Address: Office of Admission
               Peabody Hall, McCormick Rd.
               Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: 434-982-3200
Fax: 434-924-3587
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 5820
ACT Code: 4412