We take every aspect of your personal profile into consideration when calculating your admissions chances.
If you could create a college course that all UVA students would take, what would it be about and why?
How will you use an engineering degree to change the world for the better?
Describe a significant experience that deepened your interest in studying in the School of Architecture.
Describe a health care-related experience or another significant interaction that deepened your interest in studying Nursing.
Describe an experience that has deepened your interest in studying kinesiology.
Answer 2 of the following questions.
What‘s your favorite word and why?
We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. What is one of your quirks?
UVA 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?
About what topic could you speak for an hour?
Take us to your happy place.
You can wake up tomorrow and a skill you already have will become expert-level. What skill is that?
What is the last gift you gave someone that wasn‘t bought with money?
What website is the internet missing?
After a challenging experience, how do you recharge?
Tell us about a place you‘d like to share with everyone, but also keep to yourself.
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.
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you‘ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.