Virginia schools ranked in ‘Best Colleges’ list

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Twenty-two of Virginia’s public and private colleges are ranked in a survey of “America’s Best Colleges” by

The website’s ranking of 610 colleges list is based on 11 factors measuring the quality of education each school provides, the experiences of their students and how much their graduates achieve

Three Virginia schools are among the top 50 colleges on the list: Washington & Lee University, No. 37; the University of Virginia, No. 44; and the College of William & Mary, No. 46.

Another three Virginia colleges were in the top 100: VMI, No. 60; the University of Richmond, No. 84; and Sweet Briar College, No. 87.

The other Virginia schools ranked as follows: Randolph-Macon College, 103; Virginia Tech, 156; James Madison University, 169; Hampden-Sydney College, 205; University of Mary Washington, 208; Hollins University, 267; Emory and Henry College, 278; George Mason University, 297; Roanoke College, 433; Longwood University, 462; Old Dominion University, 498; Virginia Commonwealth University, 531; Christopher Newport University, 533; Mary Baldwin College, 553; and Liberty University, 609.

Williams College in Massachusetts was No. 1 in the rankings, which were compiled with research from the Center for College Affordability & Productivity. The center considered factors such as average salaries of graduates, number of alumni who become corporate officers, student retention rates, average student debt, student evaluations of classes, and college quality vs. cost.

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