Applying: Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership

Admitted students will enroll in the degree program for the final two years of their undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia.

To be eligible for admission, students must have accumulated 60 credits prior to their Batten School matriculation. Thus, in most instances, University of Virginia undergraduates will apply to the program during their second year. However, first year students who will have accumulated 60 credits prior to the start of their second year are also eligible to apply.

First year students who anticipate having 60 undergraduate credits before the start of their second year should contact the Admissions Team at or 434.924.3477. They may be eligible to apply in their first year.


In addition to the 60-credit requirement, students have to complete two prerequisites courses prior to enrolling in the fall term:

  • ECON 2010 or equivalent (earning a C or higher)
  • LPPL 3100 OR PSYC 2600 or equivalent (earning a C or higher) 

Application Deadlines:

Application opens - November 15, 2019

Application deadline - January 31, 2020

Decisions released - March 2, 2020

Decision deadline - March 9, 2020

Academic Program* - March 18, 2019 - 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Welcome Reception* - March 18, 2019 - 6:30 - 7:30 pm

*Academic Program & Welcome Reception are for the newly admitted BA undergraduate Class of 2022

All application materials for admission must be submitted by the corresponding deadline by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Additionally, all supplemental materials (e.g. unofficial transcripts and recommendations) must be submitted by the date of the official deadline. Your application may be completed online and submitted electronically once you have answered all the required questions. You do not have to complete the online application in one sitting – you may access your application and change your answers as many times as you like. To do that, use the Username and Password that you created when you first completed the Interest Page and/or started your application.

Collected through the Online Application

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae. You will be prompted to upload this document in the application system. A Word or .pdf document is fine.
  • A Personal Essay of 500 words. Last year’s essay was the following: “The Batten School believes in the importance of leadership, irrespective of official titles or positions. Tell us about a time you led when you were not asked, elected or appointed to do so.” Check back soon for the essay question for the 2019-20 cycle.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation. You are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Your recommenders must submit their letters via this online application module. There will be more instructions regarding letters of recommendation within the application itself. When Batten receives your letters of recommendation, you will be notified by email.
  • Unofficial SAT or ACT Scores must be reported via the online application.
  • Unofficial Copy of All College Transcripts should be uploaded to your online application. 
  • Application Addendum (OPTIONAL). There is no penalty for not submitting an application addendum! However, some applicants may have additional information that would be useful for the admissions committee. Feel free to amplify the positive dimensions of your background that are not covered in other parts of this application. Similarly, you may wish to put some seemingly negative information in your application into context for the admissions committee. Please format this application addendum as a letter to the admissions committee, not to exceed one page.
  • $75​ Non-Refundable Application Fee. You may pay your application fee via credit card or e-check at the time you submit your application. For questions about payment, or if you believe you qualify for an application fee waiver, please call Courtney Leistensnider at 434-243-2428, or complete the fee waiver application waiver form.