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Virginia Beach Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

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 (2014-15): $14,245
  • Graduation rate (2008): 40%
  • Accredited: Y
  • #of programs: 35

ECPI University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that can lead to real-world careers. Enrollment included 10,932 students in 2014, 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.

Sources:

  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

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Colleges in Virginia Beach with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, //nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Regent University
1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Communication, journalism, and related programs, Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Legal professions and studies, English language and literature/letters, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Mathematics and statistics
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 6950
  • In-State Tuition: 15900
  • Out-of-State tuition: 15900

Advanced Technology Institute
5700 Southern Blvd Ste 100
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians, Precision production, Transportation and materials moving
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 633
  • In-State Tuition: 13200
  • Out-of-State tuition: 13200

ECPI University
5555 Greenwich Rd Ste 300
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Transportation and materials moving, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 11735
  • In-State Tuition: 14700
  • Out-of-State tuition: 14700

Virginia Beach Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, //nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing
2925 N Landing Rd
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 60

Rudy & Kelly Academy-A Paul Mitchell Partner School
1920 Centerville Turnpike, Suite 114
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 220

Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia Beach
301 Centre Pointe Dr
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Legal professions and studies, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 530
  • In-State Tuition: 15352
  • Out-of-State tuition: 15352

Centura College-Virginia Beach
2697 Dean Dr Ste 100
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Legal professions and studies, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Transportation and materials moving, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 164
  • In-State Tuition: 15750
  • Out-of-State tuition: 15750

Cayce/Reilly School of Massage
215 67th Street
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 43

Virginia Beach Theological Seminary
2221 Centerville Turnpike
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Theology and religious vocations
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: Baptist
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 40
  • In-State Tuition: 7080
  • Out-of-State tuition: 7080

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach
Two Columbus Center, 4500 Main St Ste 100
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Visual and performing arts, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 527
  • In-State Tuition: 17496
  • Out-of-State tuition: 17496

South University?Virginia Beach
301 Bendix Rd, Ste 100
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Legal professions and studies, Psychology, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 692
  • In-State Tuition: 16665
  • Out-of-State tuition: 16665

Empire Beauty School-Virginia Beach
116 South Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 139

The Chrysm Insitute of Esthetics
281 Independence Blvd Suite 101
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 135

Wave Leadership College
1000 North Great Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA

  • Programs: Theology and religious vocations
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: Other Protestant
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 66
  • In-State Tuition: 5280
  • Out-of-State tuition: 5280
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