The annual rankings, released on Feb. 5. are based on data collected from Fall 2011 through Fall 2012. The criteria used in the rankings includes affordability, academics and financial aid.
The Princeton Review chooses 150 colleges each year as "Best Value" colleges, 75 public and 75 private. Although the Princeton Review doesn't rank all of the colleges, the top 10 in each category are rated.
Rounding out the top 10 public colleges are: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, New College of Florida, College of William & Mary, University of California, North Carolina State University, University of Wisconsin, State University of New York at Binghamton, University of Michigan, and University of Georgia.
The top 10 "Best Value Private Colleges" are: Swarthmore College, Harvard College, Williams College, Princeton University, Pomona College, Yale University, Rice University, Hamilton College, Claremore McKenna College, and Grinnell College.
Gaining the top ranking is another reason for students to choose UVA as their number one choice. Founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, UVA is a top pick for many students in Virginia, as well as students across the country and international students.
In the 2011-2012 academic year, UVA enrolled 21,106 students, including 6,515 graduate students.
The University of Virginia has eleven schools: The School of Architecture, the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Nursing, the Darden School of Business, the School of Law, the School of Medicine, the Curry School of Education, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Many of our area's top doctors and lawyers are graduates of UVA, as are many across the nation.
Each year, students from around the world apply by the school's Nov. 1 early action deadline, hoping to be chosen for acceptance. Many additional students apply by the Jan. 1 common application deadline.
Over 90 percent of first-year students rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating high school classes. Many more students apply each year than are selected. The 2010-2011 entering class included 3.425 students selected from 23,986 first-year applicants.
UVA students proudly wear the school's orange and navy blue colors as they cheer on their Virginia Cavaliers in 25 NCAA Division 1 varsity sports.
As you can see from these photos taken at UVA this week, the campus and buildings are beautiful. UVA is located in the city of Charlottesvile.
You can learn more about the University of Virginia at their website. You can see the complete list of the Princeton Review's top 150 colleges at their website.