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U of R ranked "Best Value" college

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email 

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Over the next few months, high school seniors will start picking which college they want to attend and we have some numbers that may help you and your child decide. There are eight Virginia colleges and universities that Kiplinger is reporting are among the top 100 best value colleges in the country.

There are two lists, one ranking private schools, the other rating public. It looks at schools that give the all around best value for the best education and the University of Richmond is one of them.

If you're looking for the best value for higher education, look no further. The University of Richmond took number 14 this year something that excites administrators.

"What it demonstrates I think is a continued commitment on the part of the University of Richmond to offer a high quality education for very good students irrespective of their ability to pay for that education," said U of R provost, Steve Allred.

The list doesn't just factor in the cost per year but also the admission and graduation rates among other criteria.

For example Washington University in Saint Louis ranked higher than U of R with tuition at more than $54,000 a year. Belmont University in Nashville ranked lower with tuition at under $32,000. University of Richmond tuition is just over $51,000. University officials pride themselves on accepting students without knowing their financial background and once they've been accepted they help students meet their financial and academic needs. Governor McDonnell has even acknowledged the eight Virginia schools on the list. His press secretary spoke to us by phone.

"They provide excellent education and opportunities for students so that they may succeed in the future in the global economy," said press secretary, Stacey Johnson.

U of R officials are grateful for the higher ranking this year and tell us they have always worked to provide the best value. Governor McDonnell issued a statement today. He congratulates all the schools for their hard work and dedication.

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