Virginia’s Colleges and Universities Highly Ranked on MONEY’s Best Colleges List

A view of The Rotunda at University of Virginia, ranked No. 4 on MONEY Magazine’s Top 50 Best Public Colleges list for 2015. A view of The Rotunda at University of Virginia, ranked No. 4 on MONEY Magazine’s Top 50 Best Public Colleges list for 2015. Photo courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corp.

Once again, Virginia’s higher education institutions made a strong showing on MONEY Magazine’s 2015 Best Colleges List.

10 Virginia institutions made the Top 200 overall.

 

 Ranking

Institution

17
University of Virginia
24
Washington and Lee University
48 Tie – Virginia Military Institute and
Virginia Tech
59 James Madison University
75 College of William and Mary
105
University of Richmond
119
University of Mary Washington
127
George Mason University
157
Hampden-Sydney College

 

The Commonwealth had seven schools make the Top 50 Best Public Colleges list:

 

 Ranking

Institution

4
University of Virginia
15
Tie - Virginia Tech and VMI
19 Tie- JMU with another school
26 Tie - College of William and Mary with 2 other schools
42 Tie - University of Mary Washington with another school
47
Tie - GMU with 2 other schools

 

Virginia also had strong results in the Top 50 Best Liberal Arts Colleges list with four schools:

 

 Ranking

Institution

4
Washington and Lee
10
VMI
26 Tie – University of Richmond with another school
38 Hampden-Sydney College

 

Bridgewater College was counted among the Top 50 Most Affordable Private Colleges. Hampton University was included in the Top 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value list.

The editors at MONEY Magazine only included the 736 schools with an above-median graduation rate from the list of 1,500 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The schools were then ranked on 21 factors falling into the three categories of quality of education, affordability and outcomes.