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Forbes Rates VMI Among America’s Best


LEXINGTON, Va., July 25, 2013 – Virginia Military Institute remains among the nation’s best colleges, according to rankings released earlier this month by Forbes magazine.

VMI ranks No. 87 among the 650 colleges on the Forbes listing of Top Colleges in America, up from No. 115 in last year’s list. VMI was ranked 15th among colleges in the South and 17th on the list of 25 top public colleges in the nation.

This year’s rankings were based on 12 factors distributed over five categories: post-graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate, and competitive awards.

Only three schools in Virginia ranked above VMI on the Top Colleges list: Washington and Lee University, No. 21; University of Virginia, main campus, No. 29; and College of William and Mary, No. 44.

Virginia schools ranked below VMI were University of Richmond, 88; Virginia Tech, 110; James Madison University, 168; Hampden-Sydney College, 189; George Mason University, 197; University of Mary Washington, 229; Sweet Briar College, 252; Randolph-Macon College, 277; Hollins University, 408; Christopher Newport University, 416; Randolph College, 421; Virginia Commonwealth University, 459; Emory and Henry College, 463; Roanoke College, 490; Old Dominion University, 514; Longwood University, 578; Mary Baldwin College, 627; and Liberty University, 636.