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W&M listed sixth 'best value' in Princeton Review ranking

The College of William & Mary has once again been recognized for being one of the country’s top values.

The latest national ranking comes from The Princeton Review, who lists William & Mary sixth for best value among public universities and colleges. The ranking was released Tuesday. The news comes about a month after Kiplinger’s Personal Finance also listed the College on its “best bargain” list. For the third year in a row, Kiplinger’s ranked William & Mary fourth among public schools that combine quality and affordability. William & Mary was listed seventh a year ago in The Princeton Review ranking.

The Princeton Review ranking, which includes 150 undergraduate programs (75 public and 75 private institutions) is based on factors such as academic excellence, cost and financial aid. The company is known for its annual college guidebooks and partners with USA Today each year to present a list of top values for both public and private universities. The ranking includes a separate top 10 list for both types of institutions. All other schools are listed in alphabetical order.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill claimed the top spot among public universities and Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. ranked first among private universities. The University of Virginia ranked second among public schools.

According to a press release, The Princeton Review chose its “Best Value” schools based on data it collected from 650 institutions. Cost and financial aid data came from the fall 2011. Data from academics came from its fall 2010 through 2011 surveys of school administrators. The Princeton Review also considered student surveys that looked at areas such as satisfaction of professors and financial aid.