The best Virginia Colleges vary widely in personality, mission and location. My picks for the top 17 Virginia colleges
include public and private universities, public and private liberal arts colleges, two women's colleges, and two military colleges.
Photo Credit: Randolph-Macon College
You can probably guess that the University of Virginia
, College of William and Mary
and Washington and Lee University
are on the list. Some of the other top picks may be less familiar. The schools on the list were chosen based on a variety of factors including academic reputation, curricular innovations, first-year retention rates, four- and six-year graduation rates, financial aid and student engagement. Check out the list
to see who made the cut.
To get a partial idea of what it takes to get into these top Virginia colleges, I've created side-by-side comparison charts of the ACT scores and SAT scores of matriculated students.
Is there another Virginia college that you think deserves a spot on the list? If so, share your recommendation below.
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