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 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.
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.
|School||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg In-State Tuition||Programs Offered|
|Regent University||8,389||Four or more years||15,900||99|
|Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing||60||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||1|
|Rudy & Kelly Academy-A Paul Mitchell Partner School||144||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||1|
|The Art Institute of Virginia Beach||453||Four or more years||17,496||13|
|Empire Beauty School-Virginia Beach||157||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||1|
|The Chrysm Insitute of Esthetics||122||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||2|
|Wave Leadership College||62||At least 2 but less than 4 years||5,280||1|
|South University-Virginia Beach||643||Four or more years||17,234||20|
|Advanced Technology Institute||606||At least 2 but less than 4 years||13,200||11|
|Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia Beach||472||Four or more years||15,972||22|
|Centura College-Virginia Beach||129||Four or more years||15,750||8|
|ECPI University||12,068||Four or more years||14,720||40|
|Cayce/Reilly School of Massage||47||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||2|
|Virginia Beach Theological Seminary||36||Four or more years||7,320||4|