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Under a late act of the Legislature, students from Virginia over
eighteen years of age are, on examination, admitted into the Academic
Schools without being required to pay tuition fees therein.

The expenses of such students, exclusive of text books, clothing, and
pocket-money, will be—

For those who board, from  $250 to $281 
For those who mess, from  $191 to $200—or less. 

By authority of the General Assembly, the following regulations have
been adopted by the Board of Visitors as to the General and Special
Examinations for admission of Virginia students into the University:

General Examination.

Applicants are required to pass, once for all, to entitle them to matriculation,
on their first coming to the University, an examination in the
English Language and in Arithmetic. In English, they will be required
to show both a practical knowledge of the language, as proved by orthography


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and by correctness in composition, and also a theoretical
knowledge of the inflections and Syntax. In Arithmetic, they will be
required to know the four elementary processes, Vulgar and Decimal
Fractions, and the metric system of Denominate Numbers.

Special Examinations.

After passing the General Examination, the students that desire to
study Latin, Greek, Mathematics, or History and Literature, will be required
to pass the following Special Examinations for each school:

I. For admission to the School of Latin—the full knowledge of the
Inflections of the language will be rigorously demanded; besides this,
acquaintance with the elementary principles of Syntax and ability to
translate any passage from books I and II of Cæsar's Commentaries or
from Cicero's four orations against Catiline.

II. For admission to the School of Greek—a full and exact knowledge
of the Attic Inflections, especially of the verb, will be rigorously demanded;
besides this, acquaintance with the elementary principles of
Syntax, and ability to translate any passage from the first two books of
Xenophon's Anabasis.

III. For admission to the School of Mathematics—the knowledge of
Algebra, embracing the fundamental operations, single and quadratic
equations, proportion and progressions, and of Plane Geometry.

IV. For admission to the School of History and Literature: For the
Class of History—Modern Geography, and an Elementary History of
Greece, Rome, the United States, or England: for the Class of Literature—an
Elementary History of England.

For admission to the other Academic Schools, not specified above,
only the General Examination will be required. The preparation required
for the advanced classes, Intermediate or Senior, in the several
schools, is shown by the courses laid down in the Catalogue.

The examinations of Academic Students from Virginia, over eighteen
years of age, for admission under the late act of the Legislature, will
begin on the 23d, 25th, 27th, and 30th of September.

All students that intend to apply for examination under the law are
urged to report themselves promptly to the Examiners before the beginning
of the session, (1st of October.) Those that come later, after the
work of the session has begun, will of necessity be subjected to inconvenience
and delay.


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The time of the special examination will be fixed by the several professors,
each for his own school.

The Faculty of the University, prompted by their experience of the
preliminary examinations of the present session, wish most earnestly to
call the attention of the public, and especially of their brother teachers
in Virginia, to the importance of accuracy and thoroughness in the elements
of education, especially in English orthography and composition,
in elementary geography and history, in arithmetic, and in the inflections
of the classical languages. Students that are well grounded in these
elementary studies can do well from the first, and can advance themselves
steadily from class to class; but looseness and inaccuracy of knowledge
in these lead only to prolonged and disheartening failure. The stress of
the preliminary examinations will, therefore, be laid upon accuracy in
elementary knowledge.

Note.—In the Schools of Greek and Mathematics, young men are
advised to prepare themselves at least for the intermediate classes.