Virginia Beach Colleges and Schools

Home to three military bases (and one that it shares with nearby Norfolk), Virginia Beach is well aware of the higher education challenges that face military personnel and their families. That might be one of the many reasons why most colleges and universities in Virginia Beach offer online as well as on-campus degree programs. When students aren't busy hitting the books, they can enjoy the famous boardwalk, indulge in lots of family fun and take advantage of fishing and sports opportunities.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Virginia Beach

Those who want to earn a certificate or diploma to get into the workforce quickly can turn to trade and technical colleges in Virginia Beach, where they can pursue a wide range of career paths.

For instance, Advanced Technology Institute is home to programs in automotive and heavy vehicle technology, commercial driving, welding and HVAC/refrigeration, while the ECPI University Medical Careers Institute offers numerous programs in healthcare, such as dental assisting or massage therapy. Cosmetology students can consider training programs through Empire Beauty Schools, the Rudy & Kelly Academy, or the Chrysm Institute of Esthetics.

Fun Facts about Virginia Beach Colleges and Universities

Universities in Virginia Beach include places like Virginia Wesleyan University, where students can enjoy 300-plus acres of lush campus grounds between studying for popular bachelor's programs like business administration or criminal justice.

At Regent University, a Christian-based and military-friendly institution, students can pursue more than 135 different areas of study. Popular bachelor's degree programs include psychology, biblical studies, speech communication and rhetoric, and business administration.

Graduate Schools in Virginia Beach

Those seeking a graduate education can find multiple options in Virginia Beach. Regent University offers many graduate degree programs, including the Juris Doctor. The local campus of Stratford University is also home to many master's degree programs, including those in business, computer science, hospitality, health sciences and nursing.

Finally, a few graduate programs are available through Virginia Wesleyan University, including master of business administration and master of arts in education.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to more than 150 higher education institutions. Visit our list of Virginia colleges to learn more.


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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) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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Colleges and Universities in Virginia Beach
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing60Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Rudy & Kelly Academy-A Paul Mitchell Partner School211Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Centura College-Virginia Beach102Four or more years$15,8879
Cayce/Reilly School of Massage24Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Advanced Technology Institute609At least 2 but less than 4 years$13,20011
ECPI University12,947Four or more years$16,03943
Virginia Beach Theological Seminary29Four or more yearsN/A4
Empire Beauty School-Virginia Beach115Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
The Chrysm Insitute of Esthetics130Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Wave Leadership College65At least 2 but less than 4 years$7,1451
Regent University9,889Four or more years$18,380128
Virginia Wesleyan University1,437Four or more years$36,66037
Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia Beach529Four or more years$17,52931
The Art Institute of Virginia Beach307Four or more years$17,49612
South University Virginia Beach477Four or more years$17,01423

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