The University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, University of Maryland (College Park) and Virginia Tech are ranked in the top 25 public universities in the U.S., according to the annual Best Colleges U.S. News & World Report.
The University of Virginia was ranked the highest of greater D.C.-area schools, topping the list in third place. Founded by Thomas Jefferson, UVA is located in Charlottesville.
The College of William and Mary, located in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the second oldest college in the U.S. and is ranked number six on the list. King William III and Queen Mary II of England founded the school in 1693.
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Located between D.C. and Baltimore, the University of Maryland (College Park) is number 22 on the list. With over 28,000 undergraduates enrolled at the school, more than 800 clubs and organizations are on campus, including about 35 fraternities and sororities.
A former military technical institute in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is in 25th place. It is a research powerhouse, with seven research institutes and two university research centers that offer undergraduate and graduate students research opportunities.
George Mason University is tied with four other schools for 68th place. GMU has three suburban campus locations near D.C. but the school’s Fairfax, Virginia, campus is the hub of undergraduate student life.
University of Maryland (Baltimore County) is ranked in 89th place. About 45 minutes outside of D.C., the university offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and more than 30 graduate programs, including those in engineering, science and public policy.
Located in Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University is ranked number 90. Cheering on the school’s Division I sports teams, the VCU Rams, is a popular outlet for students.