CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia is taking strides to increase diversity in its current pool of potential students.

The university says about 40 percent of students accepted this year are nonwhite.

This diverse pool of people accepted into UVA for fall 2019 ranges from first-generation college students, international students, African-Americans, and more.

The admissions office says 48 percent of students offered admission were white.

When it comes to the racial makeup of the university, the numbers are up across the board.

But another key factor that's important is the number of students that come from rural or underresourced and underserved backgrounds.

The university says its goal is for the entering class to be a reflection of the school’s missions and values.

“So what we're thrilled about with this class is that there are more of all of those types of students, more applied, and we were able to offer admission to more deserving students regardless of their ability to pay,” Greg Roberts, UVA’s dean of admission, said. “These are students who will bring so much to the university and we're excited to get started.”

About 41,000 people applied to UVA, but only 24 percent of that number was admitted.

Overall, the university only has space for about 3,700 students in the fall.

The University of Virginia says two-thirds of the entering class must come from the state of Virginia.

Those admitted will have until May 1 to make an official decision.