Best Values in Public Schools list includes Virginia, Maryland, JMU

(WJLA) - Three prominent universities in Maryland and Virginia have been named as ones where students get the most bang for their buck.

The 2014 edition of Kiplinger's Best Values in Public Colleges ranks the University of Virginia as the #2 school in its list, which ranks schools based on their academics, lower-end tuition and high availability of financial aid.

Kiplinger says that UVA, which boasts just a 30 percent admission rate, covers more than 75 percent of in-state tuition on average for students.

Beyond Virginia, The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg ranked 4th, while the Unviersity of Maryland in College Park clocked in at 7th. The top ranking on the list went to the University of North Carolina.

James Madison University (22nd), Virginia Tech (27th), St. Mary's College of Maryland (48th), the University of Mary Washington (61st), Salisbury University (63rd) and George Mason (72nd) also were named in the top 100.

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