George Smith is the founding president of IDSVA.
Each cohort is made up of approximately fifteen students, for a total of 45 students in the course of study. Additionally, another 45 students are writing dissertations.
The student body is:
2% Asian; and
20% Black or African-American.
The average retention rate for 1st-year students continuing on to the 2nd year is 89%. The graduation rate is 70%. The cohort default rate on federal student loans is 0% for each of the past three years.