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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Centura College, with campus locations in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida.
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
Rudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and Nails
5606-8 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6120
Wards Corner Beauty Academy-Virginia Beach
544 Newtown Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.
1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing
2925 N Landing Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-2499
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(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)