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Several Local Colleges Make Best Value List

150 Schools Chosen Nationwide

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012  |  Updated 10:40 AM EDT
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Several Local Colleges Make Best Value List

Courtesy of the University of Virginia

Princeton Review has released their top value colleges and some aren't cheap. The University of Virginia ranks highest in our area at #2.

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If you are looking for a college or university that provides great value for your education, you don’t have to look far.

Just be forewarned, value doesn’t exactly mean cheap.

Thirteen different schools from D.C., Maryland and Virginia made the top 150 Best Value Colleges according to the Princeton Review.

The highest ranking local school was the University of Virginia, which ranked number two among public colleges. Virginia Tech, James Madison University, the University of Richmond, the College of William and Mary, Christopher Newport University, University of Mary Washington, Longwood University and Randolph College also made the top 150.

In Maryland, the University of Maryland – College Park, St. Mary’s College and Johns Hopkins University were among the top 150 value schools. And Georgetown University made this list from D.C.

As you’ll notice some of the schools on the list aren’t exactly known for being cheap. Both Georgetown and Johns Hopkins, for example, are private schools with tuitions around $40,000.

"We're very quick to say it can't just be a low sticker price," Robert Franek, lead author of the Best Value Colleges, told USAToday. "The commitment has to be much deeper than that."

The Princeton Review picks 75 public schools and 75 private colleges based on data supplied by more than 650 colleges. The top schools are chosen based on academics, the cost of attending and how much aid is provided to students.  The Princeton Review says some of the high-tuition schools on the list make keep out-of-pocket costs down by offering generous financial aid packages.
 

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