Virginia schools got high marks in a popular set of college rankings released Tuesday.
U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Richmond in a tie for the 25th best liberal arts college in the nation in the latest installment of its annual “Best Colleges” rankings. Virginia Commonwealth University came in 167th in the separate national universities category.
Both schools landed on the list of “up and coming” colleges. VCU was one of 23 universities to receive the honor. UR joined Salem’s Roanoke College and eight other liberal arts colleges on that list, which was based on assessments by college presidents, provosts and deans.
The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech were also ranked in the national university category, in ties for numbers 23 and 69, respectively. William and Mary tied for 32nd, and George Mason ranked 141st among national universities.
Washington and Lee tied for 14th in the liberal arts college rankings. Hampden-Sydney landed in a three-way tie for 97th in the same category.
Virginia Union, classified by U.S. News as a regional college, was tied with southwest Virginia’s Bluefield College for 53rd in the southern region. James Madison placed as the southern region’s 6th best regional university and Longwood University came in 31st. The University of Mary Washington placed 13th in the same category.
U.S. News judges colleges in seven categories to compile the rankings. Those factors, in order of assigned weight, are assessments from peers in academia, freshman retention rates, faculty makeup, applicant selectivity, school spending per student, graduation rate and alumni giving rate.