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College Admissions

Here is a case study prepared by FAIRGRADE researchers that demonstrates the admissions trends at the University of Virginia and their relation to GPA scores. 


University of Virginia:  Admissions Trends 
(30%-35% out of state students per year)

 Academic
Year
 Freshman
Applicants
 Freshman
Applicants 
Admitted
%Admitted 
Average
HS GPA
(enrolled 
freshman)
Enrolled 
Freshman with 
GPA>=3.75
(percentage)
 2004-05  14,822  5,760  38.9% 4.01 n/a
 2005-06  15,657  5,898  37.7% 4.04 83%
2006-07 16,086 6,019 37.4% 4.07 86%
2007-08 17,798 6,273 35.2% 4.05 85%


FAIRGRADE acknowledges that FCPS' current 6-point scale and weighting policy is generally taken into account for admissions to Virginia public colleges.  But with increased competition for seats in Virginia's public colleges, more FCPS students must consider going out-of-state for college.  

FAIRGRADE's extensive research shows that many out-of-state colleges and universities do not know FCPS' grading policy nuances, nor do they necessarily make adjustments to FCPS student's GPAs for admissions' decisions. 
 

"High school grades are the most important factor in college admissions." 

 Source:  National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
 Hawkins & Clinedinst - NACAC, 2006