Virginia Beach Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Virginia Beach Colleges and Schools

As the most populous city in Virginia, Virginia Beach was home to approximately 450,980 residents in 2014. Located on the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area - and a playground for beach and nature lovers in neighboring states.

As a resort city, Virginia Beach is home to hundreds of hotels and restaurants, plus entertainment venues such as the Virginia Beach Ampitheater and the Sandler Center. In addition to tourism, the city relies on agribusiness, military and defense, and the retail sector for most of its economic output.

Colleges and Schools in Virginia Beach, Virginia

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) lists 15 institutions of higher education as active in the Virginia Beach area. This list includes many traditional, four-year schools in addition to trade schools, community colleges, beauty schools, and career centers. Collectively, Virginia Beach schools enrolled 20,485 students in 2014.

Advanced Technology Institute

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $13,250
  • Graduation rate (2011): 74%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 5 technical programs

As a two-year, private school, the Advanced Technology Institute offers career-readiness programs in welding, commercial driving, heavy vehicle technology, automotive/diesel technology, and HVAC/Refrigeration. Enrollment included 717 students in 2014, and programs culminated in a certificate or associate degree.

Regent University

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $16,478
  • Graduation rate (2008): 50%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: More than 95 accredited areas of study

Regent University is a popular, four-year school that offers an array of undergraduate and graduate degrees for career-focused students. The school offers 8-week and 15-week class sessions, plus popular degrees in fields like accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Enrollment was made up of 5,914 students in 2014.

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $17,596
  • Graduation rate (not reported)
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 16 career programs

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach prepares students for diverse careers in design, culinary arts, and creative fields. Enrollment was 632 in 2014, and students enjoyed small class sizes with a student-to-faculty ratio of just 21:1.

Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $16,445
  • Graduation rate (2008): 22%, and 2% transferred out
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 11 associate degrees, 4 bachelor's degrees

Bryant & Stratton College offers a variety of undergraduate degrees in a private school setting. Popular subjects of study offered at the Virginia Beach campus include accounting, hospitality management, information technology, and paralegal studies. Enrollment was made up of 586 students in 2014.

ECPI University

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $14,245
  • Graduation rate (2008): 40%
  • Accredited: Y
  • #of programs: 35

ECPI University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that can lead to real-world careers. Enrollment included 10,932 students in 2014, and the school offers campuses across Virginia and neighboring states. Popular degree programs offered at the Virginia Beach ECPI campus include RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Business Administration, and B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Hospitality Management.

Facts for Students of Virginia Beach Colleges and Schools

Virginia Beach Economy

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Virginia Beach reported a median household income of $65,219 in 2013. That's slightly higher than the median household income for the state, which worked out to $63,907 that year. Top industries in Virginia Beach include tourism, military and defense, retail, and health care.

Virginia Beach Demographics

With a population of 450,980 in 2014, Virginia Beach was the state's most populous city. Approximately 32.9 percent of Virginia Beach adults held a Bachelor's degree through 2013, and 93.6 percent held a high school diploma or better. As the U.S. Census Bureau notes, only 8.7 percent of the city's population was foreign-born in 2013.

Virginia Beach Fun Facts

If you love nature, Virginia Beach is the place to be. With a location on the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, and with several nature reserves nearby, you can see whales, birds, bobcats, coyotes, and an array of other mammals in their natural habitat.


  1. City of Virginia Beach, http://www.vbgov.com/Pages/home.aspx
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  3. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Virginia Beach, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/51/51810.html

Featured Colleges in the Virginia Beach Area (QuickSchools™)

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South University

Virginia Beach, VA

As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach.

  • Program Categories: Business, Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Associate

The Art Institutes system of schools

Virginia Beach, VA

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

  • Program Categories: Art and Design
  • Degrees: Diploma, Bachelor

Advanced Technology Institute

Virginia Beach, VA

Get your career in gear at Advanced Technology Institute.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Associate, Diploma, Certificate

Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Chesapeake, VA; Norfolk, VA

Aviation Institute of Maintenance schools are distinguished institutes committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student interested in the Aviation Industry.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Certificate, Diploma

Fortis Institute

Norfolk, VA

At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career.

* Programs vary by location

* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

Please call on  844-252-4552 to talk to a respresentative.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing, Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Associate, Diploma

Centura College

Chesapeake, VA; Virginia Beach, VA

Centura College, with campus locations in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida.

  • Program Categories: Business, Computers and Technology
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor
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Virginia Beach Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Centura College - Virginia Beach
2697 Dean Drive, Ste 100
Virginia Beach, VA 23452-7431

  • Programs: medical assistant, criminal justice and safety, business management, legal assistant, massage therapy, computer networking, computer services management, computer hardware tech
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 1,423 students, 1,669 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Rudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and Nails
5606-8 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6120

  • Programs: cosmetology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 178 students, 159 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Placement assistance.

Wards Corner Beauty Academy-Virginia Beach
544 Newtown Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

  • Programs: cosmetology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 74 students, 98 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Colleges in Virginia Beach with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Regent University
1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: education courses, organizational behavior, law, counseling psychology, communication studies, business management, clinical psychology, psychology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 4,115 students, 2,630 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 550 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 490-608. Math: 460-558. Writing: 470-578.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing
2925 N Landing Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-2499

  • Programs: licensed practical nurse
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 23 students, 29 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
Students Dorms
Chesapeake Colleges 7 199,184 824  
Hampton Colleges 3 146,437 15,131 3,000
Norfolk Colleges 12 234,403 57,019 7,289

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