Aghedo

Erica Aghedo graduated from Harvard University and worked as an assistant vice president at Citigroup before starting law school at Virginia. "I was drawn in by UVA's academic reputation," said Aghedo, who also has a master's degree in international relations from Columbia University. "At this stage, I understand the value of having a top legal education from a top school. And, in addition, the warm welcome I received from [Admissions Dean Anne Richard] when I visited made Charlottesville already feel like home."

Shandy

Before law school, Matt Shandy studied political science at the University of Oklahoma and interned with U.S. Rep. Tom Cole and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. "Initially it was probably the prestige of UVA that led me to apply. But then I came and visited, and it was the people and community that convinced me to stay," Shandy said. "The people that I met, particularly here at the Law School, were just so warm and welcoming. The interest that they seemed to take in me and the warmth with which they embraced me, I thought was pretty special."


Faria

Elena Faria said she has always been interested in the law, but gained a greater passion for advocacy as a freshman at the University of South Carolina, when she joined the school's judicial council that hears student disciplinary cases.

"When I started thinking about law school, and specifically UVA, I was really interested in the Center for Families, Children and the Law here," Faria said. "And I could really see myself participating in something like the Family Mediation Clinic, the Child Advocacy Clinic or the Prosecution Clinic. I love advocating for women and children.

"The Grounds are beautiful. Charlottesville is lovely. For a small town, it's got everything. And it's just such a great school, with a great reputation. Nationwide, everybody knows about UVA. I felt like this school had the resources to help me succeed, and at the time I thought I could contribute to the incoming class in a significant way, I hope."

Class of 2016 Profile

As of Oct. 5, 2013, per the ABA

The Class of 2016 is a diverse and accomplished group of students from across the country and around the world. The 330 students come from 40 states, the District of Columbia and nine foreign countries, and attended 146 undergraduate institutions.

Median LSAT: 169
25%-75% LSAT: 164-170
Median GPA: 3.87
25%-75% GPA: 3.53-3.94
Average Age: 24 (range is 19 to 37)

Geographic Representation

Students come from 40 states and the District of Columbia, and as foreign citizens (from Argentina, Canada, China, India, Jamaica, Nigeria, South Korea, Poland, and Trinidad and Tobago). In addition to Virginia, the following states are represented by five or more students:

California 34
Florida 23
New York 23
Maryland 15
North Carolina 13
New Jersey 10
Pennsylvania 10
Texas 9
Massachusetts 8
Ohio 7
Georgia 6
Utah 6
Connecticut 5
Michigan 5
Washington 5

 
Where They Went to College

Members of the Class of 2016 come from 146 undergraduate schools. Schools with four or more alumni include:

University of Virginia 24
University of Florida 11
University of North Carolina 10
University of California, Berkeley 8
Cornell University 7
University of Maryland 7
University of Pennsylvania 7
Brigham Young University 6
College of William & Mary 6
Duke University 6
Georgetown University 6
University of California, Los Angeles 6
Washington and Lee University 6
Dartmouth College 5
Florida State University 5
George Mason University 5
Harvard University 5
Virginia Tech 5
University of Notre Dame  4
University of Washington 4
Vanderbilt University 4

 
All Schools

American University
Arizona State University
Ashland University
Auburn University
Baruch College
Baylor University
Belmont University
Boston College
Boston University
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University, Idaho
Bryn Mawr College
Canisius College
Carson Newman University
Catholic University of America
Chapman University
Christopher Newport University
Clemson University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of William & Mary
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Drake University
Drew University
Duke University
Elon University
Emory University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
Fordham University
Furman University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Gordon College
Goshen College
Harvard University
Howard University
Illinois Wesleyan
University
James Madison University
Kent State University
Long Island University
Marymount University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Miami University
Michigan State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Middlebury College
Millikin University
Molloy College
Morehouse College
Muhlenberg College
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
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Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oklahoma Christian University
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Ouachita Baptist University
Patrick Henry College
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Pepperdine University
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Rice University
Roanoke College
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Sarah Lawrence College
Smith College
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Texas A&M University
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University
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The Cooper Union
The New School
Tufts University
University of Delaware
University of Alabama
University of British Columbia
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University of California, Davis
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University of California, Riverside
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University of Notre Dame
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University of Pennsylvania
University of Portland
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
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University of South Dakota
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University of Southern Mississippi
University of Texas
University of Texas, Dallas
University of the Pacific
University of Utah
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Utah Valley University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington & Jefferson College
Washington and Lee University
Washington College
Washington University
West Virginia University
Wheaton College
Williams College
Yale University

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