Advertisement Compare the 100 top values in public colleges and universities, or create your own custom lists of individual colleges or schools from a particular state. SEE ALSO: College Finder Map|SPECIAL REPORT: College Rankings, 2016 Sort and compare the 100 top values in public colleges and universities. Use the arrows at the top of any column of data to rank any list of colleges by critical cost and financial-aid metrics. For more information on a particular college, click the college's name for a complete data sheet. FAQs on Our Rankings of Best College Values How We Rank the Best College Values See Past Years’ Rankings of Top Public College Values Select category: Private UniversitiesLiberal Arts CollegesPublic CollegesAll Colleges Public Colleges Rank(in-state) Rank(out-of-state) Name State Admit rate 4-yr-grad rate Total costper yr. (in-state) Cost after need-based aid(in-state) Total costper yr.(out-of-state) Cost after need-based aid(out-of-state) Avg.debt atgraduation Salaryyardstick# 32University of VirginiaVA29%87%$26,348 $6,942$55,644$36,238$22,933$58,600 107College of William and MaryVA338331,65017,73653,35039,43625,73356,400 2734Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVA696121,88115,14538,52531,78927,86557,900 3441James Madison UniversityVA666520,29012,67735,41427,80123,73253,400 8079Christopher Newport UniversityVA565524,38018,73335,67830,03129,38542,400 Cost Data - through November 23, 2015.# - Based on the median earnings of workers who started at a particular college 10 years earlier and who received federal financial aid. The data don't consider whether the student graduated or went on to graduate school.NA - Information not available.SOURCES - Peterson's Undergraduate Database. (© 2015 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.