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.
The University of Virginia is nationally recognized for providing a world-class education at an affordable price. The 2014 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine list of the 100 best values in public colleges ranks U.Va. No. 2 nationally. The Princeton Review ranked the University No. 3 in its 2014 Best Value Public Colleges and Universities category.