Based on what my friends say and some personal internet research I’ve repeatedly heard that of the elite public schools UVA is one of the least holistic schools in the nation.
I’m an in-state student from a very competitive HS with a 1430/32 which is about avg for UVA but I have a 3.4 GPA which is like a full point below their average. I have a very solid set of EC’s, essays and teacher recommendations (I hope at least) though.
Based on their weird essay topics it would seem to me that they do care about the softer parts of an application. But literally everyone I’ve talked to strongly disagrees.
What do you think, is it even worth applying?