Best colleges in Virginia

Stuck Between An Education and An Experience

Known as the Mother of States, this may just be the Mother of All Education

You may think Mid-Atlantic beaches when you imagine Virginia, and you wouldn’t be wrong. But Virginia also has more than 100 colleges and universities with any major you could ever want. Some universities are especially known for their technology and innovation. With this many higher education options, Virginia is very educated - 36.1% of the population hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.* With a 5.5% unemployment rate and growing markets in food processing, aerospace, data centers, IT, life sciences, and more, you’ll be in the right place for a job after graduation. And with an average weekly wage of $1,050, higher than the national average, you’ll be able to start that savings account or live bigger in Old Dominion.

And positioned as the gateway to the South,* Virginia is also in an ideal place geographically for fun. When you go to college in this state, you can put your books down to enjoy any outdoor activity in any of the four seasons. You can visit caverns, beaches, national & state parks, see the beginnings of America in museums, and enjoy a scenic view of the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains. There are no gaps between rocks and hard places here.

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Best Four Year Universities in Virginia

Washington and Lee University offers 38 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2020, 600 students graduated with students earning 446 Bachelor's degrees, and 154 Doctoral degrees.

The University of Virginia (UVA) is a public university founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson in the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia. The university is known for its beautiful and iconic Jeffersonian architecture rooted in Roman and Greek techniques, and sprawling central lawn which is used to host graduations, school events, and local festivals. Charlottesville is located near Monticello, where Thomas Jefferson lived and worked during the school’s early years. Since its inception, the school has expanded to include a medical school, law school, and massive athletics department that competes in the ACC, represented by the school’s mascot, the Cavalier.  

UVA is one of the wealthiest public universities in the world with an endowment exceeding $7 billion, and an annual budget of over $1.9 billion. The current enrollment at UVA is 25,000 students, and most class sizes are under 20 students, making it an intimate and competitive learning environment. Due to its proximity to Washington D.C., UVA has cultivated ties with some of the nation’s top governmental programs like the FBI and CIA, as depicted in the film The Silence of the Lambs. 

UVA students have plenty to do while on-campus with over 100 academic and social clubs to choose from, along with a popular Greek system that is situated a few miles from the central lawn. Some well-known colleges at UVA include the Darden School of Business, Curry School of Education, and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. It is one of the top public universities in the United States and is highly competitive for both undergraduate and graduate applicants. Notable alumni include poet Edgar Allen Poe, artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and actress Tina Fey.

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William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

William & Mary offers 76 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a small suburb. In 2020, 2,639 students graduated with students earning 1,604 Bachelor's degrees, 729 Master's degrees, 275 Doctoral degrees, and 31 Certificates.

University of Richmond
University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond offers 83 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2020, 1,098 students graduated with students earning 823 Bachelor's degrees, 116 Doctoral degrees, 104 Master's degrees, and 55 Certificates.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers 289 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2020, 8,838 students graduated with students earning 6,443 Bachelor's degrees, 1,428 Master's degrees, 725 Doctoral degrees, 187 Certificates, and 55 Associate's degrees.

Virginia Military Institute offers 14 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2020, 372 students graduated with students earning 372 Bachelor's degrees.

Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney, VA

Hampden-Sydney College offers 28 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway rural area. In 2020, 221 students graduated with students earning 221 Bachelor's degrees.

Randolph-Macon College offers 44 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 336 students graduated with students earning 336 Bachelor's degrees.

Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA

Regent University offers 212 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 2,269 students graduated with students earning 1,112 Master's degrees, 661 Bachelor's degrees, 413 Doctoral degrees, 45 Certificates, and 38 Associate's degrees.

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University offers 104 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2020, 5,554 students graduated with students earning 4,677 Bachelor's degrees, 791 Master's degrees, 46 Certificates, and 40 Doctoral degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Virginia

Standard Healthcare Services-College of Nursing offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2020, 213 students graduated with students earning 162 Certificates, and 51 Associate's degrees.

Eastern Virginia Career College
Fredericksburg, VA

Eastern Virginia Career College offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize suburb. In 2020, 130 students graduated with students earning 92 Associate's degrees, and 38 Certificates.

Saint Michael College of Allied Health offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2020, 40 students graduated with students earning 23 Certificates, and 17 Associate's degrees.

Advanced Technology Institute
Virginia Beach, VA

Advanced Technology Institute offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2020, 221 students graduated with students earning 171 Certificates, and 50 Associate's degrees.

Centura College-Newport News
Newport News, VA

Centura College-Newport News offers 8 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2020, 98 students graduated with students earning 75 Certificates, and 23 Associate's degrees.

Riverside College of Health Careers offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2020, 163 students graduated with students earning 124 Associate's degrees, and 39 Certificates.

Centura College-Norfolk offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2020, 93 students graduated with students earning 62 Certificates, and 31 Associate's degrees.

Columbia College
Centreville, VA

Columbia College offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2020, 50 students graduated with students earning 50 Certificates.

Centura College-Richmond Main
North Chesterfield, VA

Centura College-Richmond Main offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2020, 57 students graduated with students earning 57 Certificates.

Columbia College
Vienna, VA

Columbia College offers 13 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2020, 254 students graduated with students earning 232 Certificates, and 22 Associate's degrees.

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School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Washington and Lee University Logo Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
5/5
9 : 1 2,183
University of Virginia-Main Campus Logo University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
4/5
17 : 1 25,628
William & Mary Logo William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
4/5
13 : 1 8,939
University of Richmond Logo University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
5/5
9 : 1 4,056
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA
3/5
18 : 1 37,024