Virginia again ranked #1 by SmartAsset

Close on the heels of the 2019 Session of the Virginia General Assembly where bipartisan leadership recognized we have a top-performing higher education system by passing reform-based investment in college affordability and talent development – online publication SmartAsset has again named Virginia the top state for higher education in the nation. This will be the fourth year that Virginia was rated the best or second-best for higher education.

“This makes four years in a row in which Virginia was either the best or second-best state for higher education. Schools in this state have a graduation rate of 71%, or second-highest in our study, and offer their students great long-term value. Our data shows that schools in Virginia offer a 20-year average return on investment of $417,711, or fourth-most in the study.” reported Smart Asset.

SmartAssets’ ranking is calculated using five metrics – student faculty rations, average net price, graduation rate, in-state attendance rate and the 20-year return on investment. Click here to read the full report.

“While I am excited to see this news, I am not surprised.” Said VBHEC Chairman G. Gilmer Minor III. “Virginia’s higher education system has been repeatedly identified as our chief competitive advantage and our Commonwealth’s continued investment will keep these top rankings coming.”

The 2019 Virginia Generally Assembly included new higher education investments totaling $134 million and passage of key legislation on institutional partnership performance agreements and tech talent, the General Assembly took major steps to improve college access for young Virginians and align higher education programs with state economic development efforts.

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