William & Mary is among the nation’s leading colleges and universities when it comes to a commitment to access and affordability for low- and middle-income students, according to a recent report from The New York Times. The annual College Access Index (CAI) looked at three factors: the percentage of students who qualify for Pell Grants, graduation rates, and the net price for low- and middle-income students. Only 170 schools met the standards to make it to the CAI. W&M ranked 15th in the CAI among the nation’s public colleges and universities and 56th overall. William & Mary was also ranked the No. 1 public university in Virginia. The university has climbed 21 spots since it was ranked 77th by the CAI in 2015, through its recent strides to increase economic diversity among the student body.