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W&M among Princeton Review's top-10 values in public colleges

William & Mary is one the nation’s top 10 best values for public colleges, according to a report out today by The Princeton Review.

princeton reviewThe university is ranked eighth on the list, which was also published by USA Today. According to that article, the ranking was created based on a review of “admissions, tuition and financial aid data for about 650 colleges in the 2012-13 school year.”

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill topped this year’s list of public colleges, followed by New College of Florida in Sarasota and the University of Virginia. Among private institutions, Williams College took the top spot followed by Harvard and Swarthmore.

The two top-10 lists are part of The Princeton Review’s book, The Best Value Colleges: 2014 Edition, which was published today. The book includes profiles on 75 public and 75 public colleges. Of the 75 schools in each group (public and private schools), The Princeton Review names the top 10 colleges in ranked order and the remaining 65 in alphabetical order.

In William & Mary’s profile, the magazine praises the university for achieving “a remarkable balance between the dynamic, progressive academics of a liberal arts college and the strong sense of history and tradition one would expect from America’s second-oldest school.”

“As one of only eight ‘Public Ivies’ in the nation, it offers an incredibly high level of academics for low in-state tuition,” the profile states.

The ranking comes on the heels of a similar report by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which was released in December. In that ranking, William & Mary was listed as the nation’s fourth best value in public colleges.

William & Mary consistently ranks among the nation’s top values. Last year, the university was ranked fourth among public colleges by The Princeton Review, and, in 2012, it was sixth.