Every year the Virginian-Pilot launches a campaign for all area residents to vote for their favorite restaurant, business, entertainment venue, and (yes) university. The winners are then featured as “Best Of…” with banners and bragging rights reserved for that year to the area’s best as decided by popular vote.
Millions of students are leaving their hometowns and heading to college campuses around the nation in the next few weeks. Out of these students, nearly one in 25 are making the trek from hometowns outside the United States. Their numbers have grown rapidly — from 110,000 in 2001 to over 800,000 in 2013.