Virginia Colleges Summary

There are many top-rated Virginia colleges, from large research universities and midsize colleges to smaller liberal arts schools. Some of the Commonwealth schools ranked highly in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report include Washington and Lee University, the University of Richmond, and the University of Virginia Charlottesville, founded by Thomas Jefferson.

There are 16 public four-year universities in Virginia, including Virginia Polytechnic Institute, State University ("Virginia Tech") and the College of William and Mary, the second oldest college in the U.S. Students may also consider any of Virginia's 23 community colleges.

Private colleges are plentiful, with 79 four-year colleges in Virginia. They include faith-based schools, military colleges, and health care-focused universities. There are also 50 private vocational and technical colleges in the state, where students can train for careers in aviation, health care, technology, beauty, and more.

Higher Education Initiatives in Virginia

One way the state supports the education of its residents is through the Virginia Education Wizard. This tool can help current and prospective students explore education and career paths through community colleges in Virginia. It also provides information about transfer agreements between the state's two- and four-year schools.

Online Education in Virginia

Many Virginia colleges make their courses and programs available online. The state also participates in the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus, an online database of thousands of courses and programs from schools throughout the South. Virginia takes part in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.

For more information visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.


  • The Official Site of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Accessed April 2018,
  • National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, Accessed April 2018,
  • U.S. News & World Report, Accessed April 2018,
  • Virginia SARA, Accessed May 2018,

Education Institutes in Virginia
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Virginia
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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Colleges and Universities in Virginia
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Liberty UniversityLynchburg79,152Four or more years$22,584212
Northern Virginia Community CollegeAnnandale50,929At least 2 but less than 4 years$5,610107
George Mason UniversityFairfax37,316Four or more years$12,462255
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg34,683Four or more years$13,620241
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond30,697Four or more years$14,493222
University of Virginia-Main CampusCharlottesville24,639Four or more years$17,653193
Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk24,176Four or more years$10,560165
James Madison UniversityHarrisonburg21,751Four or more years$12,01691
Tidewater Community CollegeNorfolk20,941At least 2 but less than 4 years$5,561105
ECPI UniversityVirginia Beach12,947Four or more years$16,63943
John Tyler Community CollegeChester10,144At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,80053
Regent UniversityVirginia Beach9,889Four or more years$18,380128
Radford UniversityRadford9,335Four or more years$11,21076
College of William and MaryWilliamsburg8,817Four or more years$23,40064
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeRichmond8,737At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,99877

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,