The socio-economic diversity made possible by scholarships and financial aid benefits all students—whether from affluent high schools, struggling rural schools, or international schools—as they interact in the classroom with students from different backgrounds and prepare for an increasingly diverse workplace.
U.Va.’s financial aid program has contributed to a remarkable retention rate of 97 percent for undergraduate students, and a six-year graduation rate of 94 percent. U.Va. also has one of the highest graduation rates for African-American students in the country.
According to the Princeton Review’s 2013 list of the “Best Value Public Colleges,” U.Va. offers the best value in the nation among public colleges and universities, providing a world-class education at an affordable price. In 2013, it was one of only two U.S. public universities to meet 100 percent of students’ financial need, according to the 2012–13 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine list of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.”