Jane Haley

The University of Virginia is ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row among 50 “best value” public colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review, one of America’s most widely known education services and test preparation companies.

The Princeton Review teamed with USA Today to present its list, “The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges for 2010.” The rankings appeared today in USA Today and were announced this morning on NBC’s “Today” show.

The list features 100 schools in all – 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities. The top 10 are ranked; the remaining 40 are listed alphabetically.

“We’re looking at a pretty diverse list of schools,” David Soto, director of content development for The Princeton Review, said in USA Today. “These schools are exceptional, and they’re giving their students the aid they need.”

In its profile of UVA, the editors at The Princeton Review wrote: “UVA exerts a tremendous effort to ensure that its undergraduates have access to an affordable education regardless of economic circumstances.”

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