UVA is one of five schools in Virginia to make the cut. Florida is also well-represented on the list, with the New College of Florida and the University of Florida nabbing the second and third spots.
To determine their rankings, the Princeton Review and USA Today considered data from surveys conducted at 650 competitive colleges and universities. Of these, 50 private and 50 public colleges were selected for excellence in academic strength, cost of attendance and financial aid. All financial information was provided in fall 2010, and other surveys took place between the fall of 2009 and 2010.
In their interactive list, USA Today offers a profile of each school which includes information about the school, institutional statistics, financial aid details and "the bottom line." The Princeton Review has more on methodology.
Below, check out the ten best value public colleges for 2011. Did your school make the cut? Let us know in the comments section!