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The “Fiske Guide to Colleges,” a leading college guidebook, has selected the University of Richmond for its 2012 edition of the 300 “best and most interesting colleges in the United States, Canada and Great Britain."

Richmond made two special lists in this year’s book for having strong programs in business and international studies.

Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guidebook bases its selections primarily on academic quality.

It includes information about each college’s academics, social life, student body, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities.

Richmond has been featured by the Fiske Guide for all of the 25 years the book has been published. The university consistently ranks as a top-tier liberal arts college and a “best value” by U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, SmartMoney magazine, Forbes.com and other leading college guides.