Class of 2015 Profile

Class of 2015 Profile

The Class of 2015 is a diverse and accomplished group of students from across the country and around the world. The 356 students come from 43 states, the District of Columbia and three foreign countries, and attended 150 undergraduate institutions.

Median LSAT: 170
25%-75% LSAT: 164-171
Median GPA: 3.87
25%-75% GPA: 3.53-3.93
Average age: 24 (range is 20 to 44)

356 students enrolled from among 6,108 applicants
55% men, 45% women
21% identify themselves as minority students
66% have work experience after college
2 years on average of post-college experience
7% have graduate degrees

Geographic Representation

Students come from 43 states and the District of Columbia, and as foreign citizens (from Canada, South Korea and China). In addition to Virginia, the following states are represented by five or more students:

California 35 North Carolina 9
New York 28 Illinois 7
New Jersey 22 Washington, D.C. 7
Texas 19 Tennessee 6
Florida 17 Alabama 5
Maryland 15 Connecticut 5
Pennsylvania 11 Massachusetts 5
Georgia 10 Ohio 5
Utah 10 South Carolina 5

Where They Went to College

Members of the Class of 2015 come from 150 undergraduate schools. Schools with four or more alumni include:

University of Virginia 19 Boston College  5
College of William & Mary 14 Northwestern University  5
Duke University 12 Rutgers University 5
Brigham Young University 11 University of Southern California  5
University of Florida 9 Washington and Lee University  5
Vanderbilt University 9 Dartmouth College  4
Georgetown University 7 George Washington University  4
University of Texas 7 Pennsylvania State University  4
University of California, Los Angeles 6 Stanford University 4
University of Georgia  6 University of California, Berkeley  4
University of Maryland  6 University of Michigan 4
University of North Carolina  6 University of Notre Dame 4

All Schools

Abilene Christian University 
Acadia University 
American University 
Amherst College 
Arizona State University 
Auburn University 
Belmont University 
Boston College 
Brandeis University 
Brigham Young University 
Brigham Young University, Idaho 
Brown University 
California State University, Northridge 
California State University, Sacramento 
Centre College 
Chapman University 
Clark University 
Clemson University 
Colby College 
College of William & Mary 
College of Wooster 
Columbia University 
Cornell University
Cumberland University 
CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College 
CUNY Hunter College
Dartmouth College 
Davidson College 
Drew University 
Duke University 
Eastern Michigan University 
Eastman School of Music  
Emory University 
Florida International University 
Florida State University 
Franklin & Marshall College 
Furman University 
George Mason University 
George Washington University 
Georgetown University 
Grove City College 
Hamilton College 
Hampton University 
Harvard University 
Haverford College 
Hobart College 
Hofstra University 
James Madison University 
Johns Hopkins University 
Kenyon College 
Lehigh University 
Loyola Marymount University 
Marist College 
Miami University 
Middlebury College 
Mount Holyoke College 
New York University 
North Carolina State University 
Northern Michigan University 
Northwest Missouri State University 
Northwestern University 
Ohio State University 
Old Dominion University 
Oral Roberts University 
Patrick Henry College 
Pennsylvania State University 
Pepperdine University 
Pomona College 
Princeton University 
Purdue University 
Radford University 
Rhode Island College 
Rice University 
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey 
Roger Williams University 
Rutgers University
Saint Mary's College of California 
Saint Mary's College of Maryland 
Salisbury University 
Seattle Pacific University 
Stanford University 
SUNY Binghamton Center
SUNY Empire State College 
SUNY Stony Brook University
Syracuse University 
Texas A&M University 
Texas Christian University 
Texas Tech University 
Trinity College
Troy University 
Truman State University 
Tulane University 
University of California, Berkeley 
University of California, Irvine 
University of California, Los Angeles 
University of California, Riverside 
University of California, San Diego 
University of California, Santa Barbara 
University of Central Arkansas 
University of Central Florida 
University of Chicago 
University of Colorado 
University of Denver 
University of Florida 
University of Georgia 
University of Houston 
University of Illinois 
University of Iowa 
University of Kentucky 
University of Louisville 
University of Mary Washington 
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts 
University of Memphis
University of Miami 
University of Michigan 
University of Mississippi 
University of Nebraska
University of Nebraska, Kearney 
University of North Carolina 
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
University of North Florida 
University of Notre Dame 
University of Oklahoma 
University of Pennsylvania 
University of Richmond 
University of Rochester 
University of Saint Thomas 
University of South Carolina 
University of Southern California 
University of Southern Mississippi 
University of Tampa 
University of Texas 
University of Texas, Dallas 
University of Tulsa 
University of Utah 
University of Virginia 
University of Washington 
University of Wisconsin
Vanderbilt University 
Villanova University 
Virginia Commonwealth University 
Virginia Tech 
Washington and Lee University 
Washington University 
Weber State University 
Williams College 
Wingate University 
Yale University 
Youngstown State University

Class of 2014 Profile

Chelsie Smith

CHELSIE SMITH double-majored in international business and English and minored in Spanish at the University of Maryland.

“Choosing the ‘right’ law school was one of the most important decisions in my life. After comparing all of the programs, centers, and student life and extracurricular opportunities, my heart was set on UVA,” Smith said. “Little did I know that my first week of law school would far surpass my entire experience as an undergraduate student. My fellow classmates, the professors and even the deans have made this place feel like home away from home. I am confident UVA is the ‘right’ law school for me.”


John McGlothlin

Before law school, JOHN MCGLOTHLIN served as a paratrooper and Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army, in a military career that included deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Originally I wasn't going to apply to UVA because I wanted to go to school in a big city," he said. "[But] in the post-Admissions process, UVA just stood head and shoulders above the other schools I got into. The culture's different, the follow-up is different."

McGlothlin joined the Army after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks inspired him to go beyond reporting the news, he said.

"As a journalist, you can influence the news by reporting things that people need to know, and then they might change their behavior. But you're a step removed. You put it out there and you hope people respond to it," he said. "That wasn't good enough for me anymore."

he is turning to law next because the law "seems to underpin everything," he said. "It's the foundation that everything's built on."


Faye Zhao

FAYE ZHAO studied applied mathematics at Yale before coming to Virginia.

"I chose UVA for a variety of reasons," Zhao said. "I came here to learn from professors who are not only engaging teachers but also renowned scholars. I came to meet fellow students with backgrounds as rich as they are diverse. I fell in love with the idea of spending the most stimulating three years of my life in a city as charming as Charlottesville, and I could not deny the allure of studying law at an institution so synonymous with Thomas Jefferson, the greatest figure in the history of American law."