A top 25 school consistently rated as the #1 or #2 public school in the country. A school where 95% of the kids who attend graduated in the top 10% of their high school class. A school where you have to earn your grade, because you're competing against the best of the best.
JMU & VT are both great schools. Virginia is one of the best states in the nation for incredible colleges. But neither are quite at UVA or W&M's level.
VT engineer - "I go to Tech, I'm an engineer. Where do you go?"
UVA student - "UVA. I'm a bio major"
Radford students - "Those are some freakishly smart dudes...let's get out of here and go get drunk. Then let's go to a VT football game and pretend like we are Tech students because they're good at football. And we like football."