I really want to go to the University of Virginia but my stats are pretty low. I don't think its such a popular major there but I'm not sure. I've been working on my art portfolio for about a year and a half now (9 hrs a week this summer) and its coming out really amazing (if i do say so myself). I'm very confident that it will be impressive, but how much can this help me with getting into UVA? I heard about two other people (also from NY/out-of-state) who went to a competitive high school (like mine) and had B+ averages, but also had spectacular art talent (presumably amazing portfolios too) and both got in to UVA last year. I haven't heard about there SAT scores but I'm pretty sure they weren't great either. So my question is how much can my art portfolio impact the admissions decision? (I know a lot of people say it can't make up for academic deficits in an application but it did for those other people!) Could my art portfolio possibly compensate for a just okay gpa and good but not amazing sats?
If you can tell me my chances/how much my portfolio can help them that would be great!
Here are my stats if it helps:
gpa: 3.57 unweighted/3.80 weighted (3 APs, 2 college credit courses, 9 Honors)
SAT: 2050 (Reading-690, Writing-680, Math-690
Extracurrics: Varsity Cheerleading (Captain), Varsity Badminton, National Art Honor Society, Art Club, Fashion Club, Speech & Forensics Club, Three 1st place art awards, art on exhibition, Scholar athletics awards, Paid fashion internship this summer, Hebrew High School education, Founder of community service program for my cheerleading squad and organized fundraising for it, Piano-have been taking private lessons for 7 years.
Any info about this would be really appreciated, thanks for your time :)