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 (2017-18): $15,051
  • Graduation rate (2010): 47%
  • Accredited: Y
  • #of programs: 35

ECPI University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that can lead to real-world careers. Enrollment included 12,068 (11,831 undergraduate) students in 2016, 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

Education Institutes in Virginia Beach
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 Beach
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) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Virginia Beach
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Regent University8,389Four or more years15,90099
Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing60Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Rudy & Kelly Academy-A Paul Mitchell Partner School144Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
The Art Institute of Virginia Beach453Four or more years17,49613
Empire Beauty School-Virginia Beach157Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
The Chrysm Insitute of Esthetics122Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Wave Leadership College62At least 2 but less than 4 years5,2801
South University-Virginia Beach643Four or more years17,23420
Advanced Technology Institute606At least 2 but less than 4 years13,20011
Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia Beach472Four or more years15,97222
Centura College-Virginia Beach129Four or more years15,7508
ECPI University12,068Four or more years14,72040
Cayce/Reilly School of Massage47Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Virginia Beach Theological Seminary36Four or more years7,3204
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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