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UMW Ranked “Best Buy” For Third Year in a Row

With tuition rates skyrocketing around the country, an affordable university education is hard to find.

For the third year in a row, the University of Mary Washington was rated a public college “best buy” in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, said a university press release.

UMW was the only college in Virginia, Maryland or the District of Columbia to make the list.

“We long have known that University of Mary Washington offers a tremendous return on investment, and we’re glad the rest of the world is recognizing the value of the educational experience here,” said UMW President Richard Hurley in the release. “You can’t find a better buy in higher education today — rigorous academics combined with a rich array of out-of-classroom activities, all of which comes with a relatively moderate price tag.”

The colleges in the guide are chosen based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance. UMW is among 20 public institutions featured in the guide. This year’s guide also features 21 private institutions.

In recent years, UMW has also been featured in guidebooks by Forbes and the Princeton Review’s edition of 150 “Best Value Colleges” and “The Best 376 Colleges.”

Public Best Buys (Fiske, 2012) :

  • University of Aberdeen (Great Britain)
  • Arizona State University
  • University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Evergreen State College
  • University of Florida
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of Iowa
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Mary Washington
  • McGill University (Canada)
  • New College of Florida
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina State University
  • Ohio University
  • University of Oregon
  • Oregon State University
  • Queen’s University (Canada)
  • University of St. Andrews (Great Britain)
  • SUNY—Geneseo
  • University of Toronto (Canada)
  • University of Washington

Best Buy Private Institutions :

  • Adelphi University
  • Alfred University
  • Baylor University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Cooper Union
  • Cornell College
  • Deep Springs College
  • DePaul University
  • Drexel University
  • Elon University
  • Florida Southern College
  • Hendrix College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Juniata College
  • Marquette University
  • Millsaps College
  • Morehouse College
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • Presbyterian College
  • College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Spelman College
  • Trinity University (TX)
  • Wheaton College (IL)