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.

*yesvirginia.org *Bureau of Labor Statistics *schev.edu

Best Four Year Universities in Virginia

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia-Main Campus offers 247 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 8,241 students graduated with students earning 5,313 Bachelor's degrees, 1,855 Master's degrees, 934 Doctoral degrees, and 139 Certificates degrees.

Based on 60 Reviews
2 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary offers 95 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 2,947 students graduated with students earning 2,117 Bachelor's degrees, 565 Master's degrees, 256 Doctoral degrees, and 9 Certificates degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
3 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA

Washington and Lee University offers 84 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 824 students graduated with students earning 650 Bachelor's degrees, 174 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
4 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond offers 138 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,342 students graduated with students earning 1,011 Bachelor's degrees, 158 Doctoral degrees, 89 Master's degrees, 84 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
5 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University offers 170 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a small city. In 2015, 19,825 students graduated with students earning 8,632 Bachelor's degrees, 7,950 Master's degrees, 1,564 Associate's degrees, 1,417 Certificates degrees, and 262 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews
6 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University offers 139 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 5,296 students graduated with students earning 4,477 Bachelor's degrees, 743 Master's degrees, 44 Doctoral degrees, and 32 Certificates degrees.

Based on 32 Reviews
7 George Mason University Fairfax, VA

George Mason University offers 316 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 9,657 students graduated with students earning 5,538 Bachelor's degrees, 3,218 Master's degrees, 481 Certificates degrees, and 420 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 36 Reviews
8 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA

Christopher Newport University offers 44 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,369 students graduated with students earning 1,204 Bachelor's degrees, and 165 Master's degrees.

9 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University offers 274 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 8,404 students graduated with students earning 5,521 Bachelor's degrees, 1,650 Master's degrees, 828 Doctoral degrees, and 405 Certificates degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews
10 Hampton University Hampton, VA

Hampton University offers 118 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 972 students graduated with students earning 694 Bachelor's degrees, 150 Master's degrees, 124 Doctoral degrees, 4 Certificates degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Virginia

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary Petersburg, VA

Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary offers 2 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 219 students graduated with students earning 219 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
2 Lord Fairfax Community College Middletown, VA

Lord Fairfax Community College offers 51 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,403 students graduated with students earning 750 Certificates degrees, and 653 Associate's degrees.

3 Wytheville Community College Wytheville, VA

Wytheville Community College offers 63 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away town. In 2015, 1,017 students graduated with students earning 703 Certificates degrees, and 314 Associate's degrees.

4 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA

Northern Virginia Community College offers 123 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 7,942 students graduated with students earning 5,861 Associate's degrees, and 2,081 Certificates degrees.

5 Mountain Empire Community College Big Stone Gap, VA

Mountain Empire Community College offers 66 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away town. In 2015, 789 students graduated with students earning 527 Certificates degrees, and 262 Associate's degrees.

6 Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, VA

Southside Virginia Community College offers 84 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away rural. In 2015, 1,586 students graduated with students earning 971 Certificates degrees, and 615 Associate's degrees.

7 Southwest Virginia Community College Richlands, VA

Southwest Virginia Community College offers 62 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 744 students graduated with students earning 465 Certificates degrees, and 279 Associate's degrees.

8 Virginia Western Community College Roanoke, VA

Virginia Western Community College offers 83 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,184 students graduated with students earning 702 Associate's degrees, and 482 Certificates degrees.

9 Germanna Community College Locust Grove, VA

Germanna Community College offers 42 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,809 students graduated with students earning 1,002 Certificates degrees, and 807 Associate's degrees.

10 Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton, VA

Thomas Nelson Community College offers 80 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,797 students graduated with students earning 925 Associate's degrees, and 872 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Virginia-Main Campus University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
4/5
11 : 1 23,883
College of William and Mary College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
4/5
12 : 1 8,484
Washington and Lee University Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
5/5
8 : 1 2,172
University of Richmond University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
5/5
9 : 1 4,181
Liberty University Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
4/5
39 : 1 80,494
James Madison University James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
3/5
19 : 1 21,227
George Mason University George Mason University Fairfax, VA
3/5
21 : 1 33,929
Christopher Newport University Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
3/5
16 : 1 5,172
Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
3/5
14 : 1 30,918
Hampton University Hampton University Hampton, VA
4/5
13 : 1 4,269
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA
3/5
19 : 1 32,663
Roanoke College Roanoke College Salem, VA
5/5
11 : 1 2,001
Old Dominion University Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
3/5
25 : 1 24,672
Radford University Radford University Radford, VA
3/5
19 : 1 9,743
University of Mary Washington University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
3/5
16 : 1 4,647
Longwood University Longwood University Farmville, VA
3/5
19 : 1 5,087
Lynchburg College Lynchburg College Lynchburg, VA
5/5
15 : 1 2,794
Regent University Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
4/5
47 : 1 6,950
Marymount University Marymount University Arlington, VA
5/5
15 : 1 3,363
Shenandoah University Shenandoah University Winchester, VA
5/5
13 : 1 3,820
Virginia Military Institute Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
4/5
12 : 1 1,717
Norfolk State University Norfolk State University Norfolk, VA
3/5
18 : 1 5,107
Hampden-Sydney College Hampden-Sydney College Hampden-Sydney, VA
5/5
11 : 1 1,087
The University of Virginia's College at Wise The University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise, VA
3/5
16 : 1 2,027
Hollins University Hollins University Roanoke, VA
5/5
8 : 1 802

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