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Rally Had Minor Impact on Admissions as UVa Addresses Financial Needs and Its Own History

The University of Virginia can seem like a textbook college campus: white columns and porticos, long lawns and statues of Thomas Jefferson and Homer.

In 2017, though, UVa’s Rotunda steps were transformed into a maelstrom as white supremacists carried torches and attacked protesters. For months, the school was roiled by protests and political soul-searching.

The turmoil did have an impact on prospective college students who submitted early applications just two months after the Unite the Right rally: African-American applications dropped in the first round. But, by May, admissions rightsized and the Class of 2022 became UVa’s most diverse ever.