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Forbes Rates VMI Among America’s Best

LEXINGTON, Va., Aug. 10, 2011 – Virginia Military Institute remains among the nation’s best colleges, according to rankings released earlier this month by Forbes magazine.

VMI ranks No. 65 among the 650 colleges on the Forbes listing of Top Colleges in America, down from No. 60 in last year’s list. VMI was ranked 13th among colleges in the South. In the Top 100 Best Buy College list, VMI was ranked 73rd, down from 64th on last year’s list.

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. 25; University of Virginia, main campus, No. 46; and College of William and Mary, No. 49.

Virginia schools ranked below VMI were Hampden-Sydney College, 89; University of Richmond, 129; James Madison University, 160; Virginia Tech, 179; Hollins University, 237; Randolph-Macon College, 240; Sweet Briar College 253; George Mason University, 273; University of Mary Washington, 291; Emory and Henry College, 307; Roanoke College, 402; Randolph College, 430; Christopher Newport University, 482; Liberty University, 535; Old Dominion University, 557; Virginia Commonwealth University, 567; Longwood University, 628; and Mary Baldwin College, 647.