First Year Admission Process

The Echols Scholars Program accepts a limited number of rising second-year students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences into the program annually. Admission is by application made during the spring semester and is open to all first-year students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences. First-year admission is managed by the Echols Scholars Program and is aimed toward the recruitment of students whose high school records may not have commended them for an initial acceptance into the program, but who have distinguished themselves academically during their first year at the University.

No single factor determines suitability for acceptance. Criteria for selection include having taken a challenging selection of coursework each semester and demonstration of academic exploration and curiosity in and outside of the classroom. As with the initial selection to the program, there is no fixed number of first year acceptances. Students invited to join the Echols Scholars Program at the end of their first year are given the same privileges as students selected out of secondary school. 

The deadline for application by first-year students in the College seeking admission into the Echols Scholars Program will be April 18, 2018. 

The Echols Application has five components:

  • The application form (available here by early March)
  • Responses to three application essay questions
  • An unofficial advising transcript from SIS
  • A one-page resume
  • A recommendation letter from a UVA faculty member or TA

For any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Echols Program Coordinator, Bridget Cullinane-Anthony at