Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement this evening after the Princeton Review and USA Today named the University of Virginia as the "Best Value Public College" in the nation. The College of William and Mary was ranked the No. 4 best value.
"I want to congratulate the University of Virginia for moving up to take the top spot in this year's Princeton Review rankings of the nation's 'Best Value Public Colleges'. The recognition by this renowned source, naming the University of Virginia as the best value public college in the nation, and the College of William and Mary as the fourth-best value public college in America, demonstrates that our colleges and universities continue to grow in reputation, quality and value. We are committed to continuing this progress. Our continued investments in higher education, initiated through our 'Top Jobs' legislation and strengthened through the more than $350 million allocated to higher education in the last two General Assembly sessions, are making the dream of an affordable college education a reality for more students across the Commonwealth. Just last year we saw the lowest average yearly tuition increases at our state colleges and universities in over a decade. I applaud President Teresa Sullivan, Rector Helen Dragas, Vice Rector George Martin, the UVa. Board of Visitors, and the faculty and staff for their dedication to continuing to make UVa one of the nation's premier universities. I look forward to moving forward in our ongoing work with all public and private college and university presidents in Virginia to reach our goal of awarding 100,000 new degrees in the next 15 years, and continuing to make college more affordable and accessible for Virginia students."