For the first three years that Lee Kussman was a student at the University of Virginia, she expected she would live somewhere exotic post-graduation—a place like San Francisco. But by the time she was ready to graduate with her systems engineering degree in 2014, she knew that Charlottesville was where she wanted to be.
“The more I thought about it, the more I realized Charlottesville really checked the boxes for me, and I had a community here that I really loved,” Kussman says.
Kussman is not alone. Thousands of students leave the university each May, but hundreds of them choose to stay. According to data from UVA’s Career Center, 202 graduates from the Class of 2016 reported they would be remaining in the city after graduation. Additionally, Charlottesville was among the top three postgraduate destinations for the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016.