Whether you like oceans or mountains, big cities or little towns, a booming nightlife or a quiet countryside day, the city of Richmond, Virginia, has what many college students are seeking. An economically progressive area, Richmond is home to traditional manufacturing and farming as well as tech-focused business. Examples of jobs graduates of Richmond colleges can find in the area include those in chemical, food and tobacco manufacturing, biotechnology, high-tech fibers and semiconductors.
Among the vocational colleges in Richmond is Fortis College, where programs focus on healthcare, business, information technology, beauty and wellness, commercial driving and skilled trades. Some of these programs lead to associate degrees, and some can be completed entirely online.
At Reynolds Community College, the most popular associate degree programs are business administration, registered nursing, and social sciences. Students at Reynolds can use Career and Transfer Services to help plan for a profession right after graduation or for continuing their education at a four-year institution.
There are several public and private Richmond colleges and universities that award bachelor's degrees.
The University of Richmond has over 60 undergraduate majors. It also tied for first among bachelor's-granting institutions to produce the most Fulbright scholars in 2018.
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major research institution with more than 200 programs. It has the largest number of enrolled students in the city and is also the city's largest employer.
Virginia Union University, a historically black university founded in 1865, continues with its strong commitment to excellence and diversity. Its most popular bachelor's program is criminology/criminal justice.
Among the universities in Richmond with graduate degree programs, Virginia Commonwealth University has the widest selection, in fields such as fine arts, education, healthcare and more.
The University of Richmond's graduate programs include a J.D. and L.LM./MBA through their School of Law.
Virginia Union University's School of Theology awards master's and doctoral degrees in divinity as well as dual master's degrees in divinity and social work or patient counseling.
In addition to colleges and universities in Richmond, the Commonwealth hosts many other postsecondary institutions. See our Virginia colleges page for a full list.