UVA sees spike in first-generation applicants

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The University of Virginia saw a 10-percent jump in first-generation applicants this year for its class of 2022.

While the deadline has passed to apply to be a Cavalier next fall, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has a lot of decisions to make with its largest applicant pool for the third consecutive year.

"This year, we were up about one percent, which doesn’t necessarily seem like a lot but after everything that we’ve gone through in the summer, we were pleased to see so many students that were interested," said Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Greg Roberts.

This increase might surprise some who thought students would be deterred from coming to UVA after the violence of Aug. 12.

"I had a lot of people ask me, 'are you worried to go to UVA after this,'" said Haley Palmer, a first-year student. "I think that the way that the community came together to celebrate the diversity we have and show that that’s not the UVA mindset probably helped with the uptick in applicants."

School officials said besides a spike in the number of first-generation applications, they also saw a four-percent increase in minority applicants from 2017.

"UVA had a number of resources in place to support me not only as a first-generation student but as an African-American student," said Jared Brown, a UVA graduate. "UVA has done a remarkable job in terms of creating a financial aid package. There were a number of supports in place to ensure I was successful while I was here."

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