Princeton Review Lists UMW Among Nation’s Best Values

The University of Mary Washington has been named to the Princeton Review’s 150 “Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition.” The list of best value colleges, announced Tuesday, Feb. 7 on the Princeton Review website and in USA Today, features 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities.

Mary Washington is listed among the nation’s 75 “Best Value Public Colleges.” The Princeton Review bases its rankings on surveys of administrators and students at 650 institutions it identified as having excellent academics. The selection criteria examined more than 30 factors in the areas of academics, cost of attendance and financial aid, using data from surveys conducted from fall 2010 through fall 2011.

“We are delighted that once again the University of Mary Washington has been recognized for delivering a top quality education while providing a great value,” said President Richard V. Hurley. “An investment in a UMW education is an investment in innovative teaching and development of intellectual curiosity. Our students are exposed to rigorous academics that prepare them for the real world. In a time when it is so important to seek the greatest return on our investments, Mary Washington’s place on the Princeton Review list reaffirms this commitment to our students.”

Other Virginia public schools on the list include Christopher Newport University, the College of William & Mary, James Madison University, Longwood University, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

In recent years, the university has seen its academic reputation garner national recognition. For the second year in a row, the Peace Corps has ranked the University of Mary Washington No. 1 in the nation among small universities for alumni now serving as Peace Corps volunteers. In addition, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine listed UMW in the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2012, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Reviews edition of “The Best 376 Colleges.”

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News release prepared by:  Brynn Boyer                       

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.


  1. Kathryn Fowler Bahnson says:

    Articles like this make my heart and mind just singggggggg………with pride and respect.
    I’m not surprised, since I spent 4 terrific years there and
    knew it was quite special at the time. My love, admiration continue
    to grow each year and double after a reunion year.
    Class of 1966