Longwood’s commitment to affordability in the face of sharply rising tuition rates across the country has set it apart from other public universities in the state and has also earned the university recognition in several nationwide rankings.

Longwood will be featured in the 2016 Washington Monthly College Guide as one of the top 100 "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges and universities in the region, and remains strongly ranked in the 2016 Forbes magazine rankings, both of which use tuition as one of their benchmarks.

The university will also be featured in the annual "State of Education" issue of Virginia Living magazine.

For the past three years, Longwood has led all Virginia public universities in keeping tuition costs low, and this year became the first institution in more than a decade to approve cost increases of less than 3 percent for a third consecutive year.

"Many students and families consult various rankings when they consider higher education options," said Dr. Jennifer Green, associate vice president for enrollment management and student success. "While rankings alone can’t paint a full picture of life on campus, it’s rewarding to see our hard work to keep cost increases as low as possible be recognized."

The recognitions come on the heels of the Longwood Health & Fitness Center’s ranking as one of the best in the country by Great Value Colleges. Again, the list included affordability in its rankings criteria, and Longwood was praised for giving students access to a high quality, LEED-certified fitness center at affordable tuition rates.

Longwood University is among the 100 oldest colleges and universities in the nation. It is the third-oldest public university in Virginia, and will host the only vice presidential debate of the 2016 general election on Oct. 4.

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