Best colleges in Norfolk

The Heart of the Virginia Waterfront

On the water and on the national stage for young professionals

Nestled where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, Norfolk is an aquatic play land that will enchant you with its equally alluring nightlife, delicious seaside cuisine, and arts and entertainment offerings. Surrounded by the water, it's not surprising to learn that Norfolk will keep you busy with all the kayaking, sailing, fishing and water skiing you can handle. Beyond its waterfront lifestyle, Norfolk's higher education portfolio is stacked. With 3 major universities in town and 40 education institutions within reach, Norfolk has a robust list of major options whether you fancy fashion merchandising or aim to be a marine biologist. Norfolk's nautical charm is also met with some pretty stellar career options, too. Home to highly respected organizations like BlackHawk Products Group, FHC Health Systems, Landmark Communications and Portfolio Recovery Associates, and named in the top 10 markets for business relocation and expansion by Expansion Management Magazine, you'll want to set your sea legs in Norfolk even after graduation.

Norfolk, with its 144 miles of shoreline, wealth of premier festivals and special events, one-million square foot McArthur Shopping Center, and highly adored Greens on the Green farmers market, is a city that will have you feeling like you're on vacation 24-7. But Norfolk is so much more than just an entertainment hotspot. Norfolk is home to the world's largest naval base and the North American Headquarters for NATO. In addition to its prominence in the military community, Norfolk has been named one of the top 10 booming downtowns by USA Today, a testament to its ever-growing marketplace. With an average temperature of 69 degrees, you'll be soaking up the sun and surf year around. Trust us, you don't want to miss out on Norfolk's friendly, work hard play hard culture and outstanding collegiate environment.

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Best Four Year Universities in Norfolk

William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

William & Mary offers 72 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a small suburb. In 2019, 2,718 students graduated with students earning 1,653 Bachelor's degrees, 734 Master's degrees, 315 Doctoral degrees, and 16 Certificates.

Hampton University
Hampton, VA

Hampton University offers 138 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 882 students graduated with students earning 640 Bachelor's degrees, 141 Master's degrees, 96 Doctoral degrees, and 5 Certificates.

Christopher Newport University offers 24 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,161 students graduated with students earning 1,088 Bachelor's degrees, and 73 Master's degrees.

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Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA

Regent University offers 285 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 2,208 students graduated with students earning 989 Master's degrees, 703 Bachelor's degrees, 355 Doctoral degrees, 130 Certificates, and 31 Associate's degrees.

Old Dominion University offers 239 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 5,318 students graduated with students earning 3,811 Bachelor's degrees, 1,034 Master's degrees, 264 Certificates, and 209 Doctoral degrees.

Virginia Wesleyan University
Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Wesleyan University offers 43 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 278 students graduated with students earning 259 Bachelor's degrees, and 19 Master's degrees.

Norfolk State University offers 58 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 802 students graduated with students earning 612 Bachelor's degrees, 177 Master's degrees, 10 Doctoral degrees, and 3 Associate's degrees.

ECPI University
Virginia Beach, VA

ECPI University offers 64 degree programs. It's a large, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 4,222 students graduated with students earning 2,018 Associate's degrees, 1,221 Bachelor's degrees, 855 Certificates, and 128 Master's degrees.

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach offers 13 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 106 students graduated with students earning 82 Bachelor's degrees, 21 Associate's degrees, and 3 Certificates.

Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia Beach offers 41 degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 366 students graduated with students earning 277 Associate's degrees, 48 Certificates, and 41 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Norfolk

Riverside College of Health Careers offers 6 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 167 students graduated with students earning 137 Associate's degrees, and 30 Certificates.

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Centura College-Norfolk offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 134 students graduated with students earning 75 Certificates, and 59 Associate's degrees.

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Centura College-Newport News
Newport News, VA

Centura College-Newport News offers 10 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 103 students graduated with students earning 65 Associate's degrees, and 38 Certificates.

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Northeast Community College offers 125 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a remote town. In 2019, 951 students graduated with students earning 780 Associate's degrees, and 171 Certificates.

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Fortis College-Norfolk offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 111 students graduated with students earning 104 Certificates, and 7 Associate's degrees.

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Thomas Nelson Community College offers 76 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,520 students graduated with students earning 893 Associate's degrees, and 627 Certificates.

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Tidewater Community College offers 114 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 4,045 students graduated with students earning 2,576 Associate's degrees, and 1,469 Certificates.

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Rappahannock Community College offers 37 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway rural area. In 2019, 908 students graduated with students earning 633 Certificates, and 275 Associate's degrees.

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List of all colleges in Norfolk

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
William & Mary Logo William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
4/5
12 : 1 8,773
Hampton University Logo Hampton University Hampton, VA
5/5
16 : 1 4,293
Christopher Newport University Logo Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
3/5
17 : 1 4,919
Riverside College of Health Careers Logo Riverside College of Health Careers Newport News, VA
3/5
13 : 1 305
Regent University Logo Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
4/5
75 : 1 10,365
Old Dominion University Logo Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
3/5
27 : 1 23,675
Virginia Wesleyan University Logo Virginia Wesleyan University Virginia Beach, VA
5/5
17 : 1 1,487
Norfolk State University Logo Norfolk State University Norfolk, VA
3/5
23 : 1 5,601
Centura College-Norfolk Logo Centura College-Norfolk Norfolk, VA
4/5
9 : 1 165
Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Chesapeake Logo Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Chesapeake Chesapeake, VA
4/5
  233
ECPI University Logo ECPI University Virginia Beach, VA
4/5
32 : 1 13,487
Tomorrow's Image Barber And Beauty Academy of Virginia Logo Tomorrow's Image Barber And Beauty Academy of Virginia Newport News, VA     20
Virginia School of Hair Design Logo Virginia School of Hair Design Hampton, VA     38
Centura College-Newport News Logo Centura College-Newport News Newport News, VA
4/5
20 : 1 179
Central School of Practical Nursing Logo Central School of Practical Nursing Norfolk, VA     24
The Art Institute of Virginia Beach Logo The Art Institute of Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA
4/5
124 : 1 248
Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia Beach Logo Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA
4/5
45 : 1 1,761
Tidewater Tech-Trades Logo Tidewater Tech-Trades Norfolk, VA
4/5
  420
Northeast Community College Logo Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE
2/5
41 : 1 5,258
Fortis College-Norfolk Logo Fortis College-Norfolk Norfolk, VA
4/5
63 : 1 378