These are best colleges and universities in Virginia, according to WalletHub

WalletHub recently released its annual ranking for the state’s most impressive educational institutions.

University of Virginia (Photo by Melinda Fawver/

It’s that time of year where excitement, and maybe a little stress, starts to creep in for high school juniors and seniors. College applications are being filled out, campus tours are scheduled and the first early decision college application deadline is coming up quick (Friday, Nov. 1). It goes without saying: college is on a lot of students’ brains right now.

And it’s on their parents’ brains too, especially the cost of tuition. In light of that, WalletHub, a personal finance website known for releasing annual lists and rankings on a variety of topics, recently released its 2020 Best College & University Rankings across the country.

Who did the best in Virginia? University of Virginia ranked in at No. 1, with College of William & Mary and the University of Richmond trailing right behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

WalletHub compared over 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 33 key measurements grouped into seven categories, like student selectivity, cost and financing, career outcome, student-faculty ratio, graduation rate and median salary upon graduation.

Find the top 10 list for Virginia colleges and universities, below.

  1. University of Virginia
  2. College of William & Mary
  3. University of Richmond
  4. Washington and Lee University
  5. Virginia Military Institute
  6. Virginia Tech
  7. James Madison University
  8. University of Mary Washington
  9. George Mason University
  10. Bridgewater College

To see the full list of the top colleges and universities in the nation, and to read more on how the key measurements were selected, click here.

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