West Virginia University has been ranked Number 30 by Forbes as one of the nation's top "Best Buy Colleges" in 2012, according to a news release from WVU.
The ranking shows the commitment that the schools listed, including WVU, make to off the highest quality education at the most affordable price, official said.
The Top Best Buy Colleges were calculated by taking a university's overall quality rank on Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, and dividing that number by the school's tuition and fee, according to the news release.
"This designation reassures to us that the land-grant mission at WVU is in full force," said WVU President Jim Clements. "As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, WVU is still providing an affordable, top-quality education that is accessible to students who qualify for admittance."
Officials said Forbes' "quality rank" evaluates schools in the areas of teaching, graduation rates, career prospects and the levels of debt graduated tend to accumulate.
WVU is the highest rated among Big 12 schools and is ranked sixth among land-grant universities that made the list, according to the news release.