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To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub’s analysts compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. Find out how Virginia fared. (Image: File photo)

Did your alma mater rank as one of the top 10 Virginia schools?

There's a lot of talk round these parts about how transient a city D.C. is. And while that's very true, there are still those of us who are born and bred locals. For those of us who grew up in the area, we know that there's a wee bit of competition among the Virginia colleges to be defined as the best school in the state. Yes, yes we are sure Thomas Jefferson loved your school the most. So when we heard that Wallethub had actually released an official ranking, we had to check it out!

To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub’s analysts compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 26 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

So just in case you really want to drum up some drama this weekend, here's the official Wallethub ranking of hoos college is truly the best.

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in Virginia

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

Let's take a closer look at how the top three schools performed in certain metrics... (1 = Best; 18 = Average; 36 = Worst)

School Snapshot: University of Virginia

  • 3rd – Admission Rate
  • 30th – Net Cost
  • 25th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 14th – On-Campus Crime
  • 10th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 2nd – Graduation Rate
  • 3rd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: College of William & Mary

  • 5th – Admission Rate
  • 32nd – Net Cost
  • 16th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 6th – On-Campus Crime
  • 9th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 3rd – Graduation Rate
  • 6th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Washington and Lee University

  • 1st – Admission Rate
  • 36th – Net Cost
  • 2nd – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 19th – On-Campus Crime
  • 26th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 1st – Graduation Rate
  • 1st – Post-Attendance Median Salary

Didn't go to school in Virginia? You can see the full rankings and analysis for colleges across rhe country here.

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