August 17, 2007
Princeton topped U.S. News & World Report's college rankings, followed by Harvard and Yale. UVa was ranked number two among public universities behind the University of California at Berkley.
UVa was 23rd overall, tied with Georgetown. The College of William and Mary ranked sixth among public universities and 33rd overall. Virginia Tech ranked 29th among top public national universities and number 71 overall.
Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University were ranked in the third tier of the top national universities. Christopher Newport University and Virginia Wesleyan College ranked in the fourth tier of the nation's best liberal arts schools.
James Madison University ranked fourth overall, first among public schools, on the list of top Southern universities offering mainly bachelor's and master's degrees.
Hampton University held onto its spot at Number 25 on the same list of top Southern universities offering bachelors and master's degrees.
The formula for the rankings includes variables such as graduation and retention rates, faculty and financial resources, and the percentage of alumni donating money to their alma mater.