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UMW Top Ranked by Kiplinger

UMW is ranked fifth in Virginia, 61st in the nation.

University of Mary Washington.  Photo by Susan Larson.
University of Mary Washington. Photo by Susan Larson.

By Brynn Boyer, UMW, with Susan Larson

The University of Mary Washington is listed among Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2014.

The university ranks fifth among Virginia’s best values and 61st out of 100 four-year public institutions nationwide. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value, according to the February 2014 issue of Kiplinger’s. The list is available online.

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.

Other Virginia schools on the in-state “best value” list include the University of Virginia (2), the College of William and Mary (4), James Madison University (22), Virginia Tech (27), George Mason University (72) and Christopher Newport University (84).

UMW has consistently appeared on the list since 2006.

The University of Mary Washington is a public liberal arts and sciences university with a total enrollment of more than 5,000.  The school features colleges of business, education and arts and sciences, and three campuses, including a residential campus in Fredericksburg, Va., a second one in nearby Stafford and a third in Dahlgren, Va., which serves as a center of development of educational and research partnerships between the Navy, higher education institutions and the region’s employers.

UMW has garnered national recognition in numerous selective guidebooks, including Forbes, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review’s 2012 edition of 150 “Best Value Colleges” and the 2014 edition of “The Best 378 Colleges.”

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