Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today regarding the Princeton Review's release of the "Best Value Colleges for 2013." Among the 75 best public colleges, the University of Virginia is ranked No. 1 and the College of William and Mary No. 4. Christopher Newport University, George Mason University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Radford University, and Virginia Tech are also on the list. The University of Richmond is on the list of private colleges. The Princeton Review rankings are based on 30 data points covering academics, costs and financial aid, as well as the percentage of graduating seniors who borrowed from any loan program and the average debt those students had at graduation.
"We continue to see Virginia's public and private colleges lead the rankings of top colleges and universities nationwide. That is because we truly have one of the best higher education systems in the world. I want to congratulate the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary for their number one and number four rankings respectively, as well as the nine total Virginia schools who were ranked among the best value colleges in the nation. Over the last three years, we have strived to increase access to a top-quality education in Virginia while making sure our students are adequately prepared for the top-jobs of tomorrow by placing a greater a greater emphasis on the high demand subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. At the same time, through reform-based investments we have worked to get tuition increases in check and reduce the cost of higher education for Virginia's students. In all, we have invested close to $400 million into higher education and undergraduate enrollment at our public and private institutions have increased by 17,000 students. We continue to work to ensure that Virginia's colleges are more affordable and accessible for our students, and we are seeing the results of this work in rankings such as these."
The full list of "Best Value Colleges for 2013" is available at http://www.princetonreview.com/best-value-colleges.aspx.