The following public universities have been recognized as a “best value”:

The University of Virginia
- U.Va. offers students the best education for their money of all the nation's public universities. It was named the No. 1 best value for all public universities, according to "Best Value Colleges for 2009" ranking released by The Princeton Review and USA TODAY.

Indiana University
- IU is a major multi-campus public research institution in the United States.
- It is one of just three Big Ten universities included among the 50 "Best Value" public colleges and universities according to the Princeton Review (2009).

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- UW-Eau Claire was named one of Top 100 'Best Value' Public Universities in the nation. It is the only college or university from Wisconsin included on the list of top 100 "Best Value Colleges for 2009" in the United States by The Princeton Review.
- All graduate degree programs offered by UW-Eau Claire are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

James Madison University
- JMU is ranked 21st in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2010 list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges, moving up from 28th in the 2009 survey.
- The Princeton Review's 2010 guide also selected JMU as one of the nation's top 50 best values for a college education.
- JMU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Appalachian State University
- 22nd in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s list of the top 100 values in public colleges and universities in the nation (2009-10 rankings). Appalachian’s in-state costs were listed by the magazine at just over $11,500.
- It been included in Consumers Digest magazine’s listing of the top 50 best values for public colleges and universities. In the article “2007 College Road Map—Making the Right Choices”, the magazine ranked the University at 21st based on cost, quality of education offered, academic excellence of freshman enrollment, student-faculty ratio, graduation rates and the number of faculty members holding a Ph.D. or highest terminal degree in their field.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- Virginia Tech was ranked 8th "best value" public university for 2010, according to "The Princeton Review" and USA Today.
- The Kiplinger "100: Best Values in Public Colleges" list (February 2010 issue) ranks Virginia Tech 16th among 100 institutions "that combine outstanding economic value with a first-class education".

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek