Princeton Review names William & Mary a 'best value'

William & Mary is one of the top values in the nation, according to a report released by the Princeton Review this morning.

sealThe university ranks fourth among public colleges and universities in the report, which looks at academic excellence, cost, financial aid and other factors at 150 universities and colleges across the country. The ranking was featured on the Today show this morning. William & Mary ranked sixth among public universities in the same listing last year.

The announcement comes just about a month after Kiplinger’s Personal Finance also lauded William & Mary for its value. At the end of December 2012, the magazine listed William & Mary fourth among its list of top 100 American public colleges and universities that combine “outstanding education and economic value.” It was the fourth year in a row that William & Mary was listed as the fourth in the country.

Although today’s Princeton Review report, which is produced in partnership with USA Today, does not rank the schools one through 150, it does include top 10 lists for the 75 schools in both the public and private categories. The remaining schools are listed in alphabetical order. The institutions that appear on the list were selected from 650 colleges where the Princeton Review conducted institutional and student surveys in 2011-12.

The University of Virginia topped the list of public colleges, followed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and New College of Florida.