Greetings from Charlottesville,
I hope this finds you and your family well during this difficult and challenging time.
Given the uncertain prospect of universally accessible, reliable, and equitable SAT/ACT testing in the next admission year due to COVID-19, the University of Virginia will not require that applicants submit standardized testing to be considered for admission to the University, for at least the next application cycle. This one-year pilot policy is for ALL students--first year and transfer, domestic and international.
When making admission decisions, the Office of Admission will continue to offer a comprehensive, personal, thorough, and holistic evaluation of each application. Students who wish to include testing as part of their application may continue to do so, but those who do not will be at no disadvantage in the application review.
Before making this recommendation we consulted with the deans of the Schools of Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, and Education. All expressed a deep commitment to equity and fairness in the admission process for their schools, and given the uncertainty surrounding the availability of testing this year, all offered clear and unwavering support for a one-year pilot test optional admission plan.
Additionally, the University has pushed back its Early Decision application deadline to November 1 to give students more time to examine their college options and submit an Early Decision application, if UVA is their first choice for college.
Over the next year, we will be reviewing the data related to this new, test optional cycle to inform potential, longer-term policy considerations in the future.
We hope this decision will be helpful to your students and their families as they begin the admission process in the coming months.
Thank you for your support, partnership, and friendship. We are grateful for all you do for students and your communities.
Please be safe and continue to fight for justice and peace and equality.
Greg W. Roberts
Dean of Undergraduate Admission
University of Virginia