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Colleges in Virginia

25 colleges
137,910 yearly degrees
$12,271 average yearly in-state tuition
$26,880 average 4-year student loan

While there are fewer options to choose from in this state, all that matters is you find the college that is the right fit for you! Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $12,271, while students interested in attending a school from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $21,851.

About 37% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,720.

The list below includes some of the biggest schools in the state ranked in order of popularity:

#1

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
Private not-for-profit public vs private
19,490 yearly awards
$27,573 net cost

There are approximately 75,044 students at Liberty University in total, 26,892 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Liberty University. The freshman retention rate is 84%.

About 30% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

59% of Liberty University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $7,828. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.2% is close to the national average.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Liberty University is $36,700.

#2

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
Public public vs private
9,730 yearly awards
$19,779 net cost

There are 20,221 full-time undergraduates at GMU, and 35,984 students altogether. It takes the average GMU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

81% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly, 52% of students at GMU take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $8,125. GMU has a 2.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$59,900 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from GMU earns.

#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
Public public vs private
8,800 yearly awards
$20,343 net cost

The total student population at Virginia Tech is 34,440, of which 26,603 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Virginia Tech undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 70% of students who apply get accepted. Around 57% of accepted students are men, and 43% are women.

Approximately 40% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $8,517. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $62,500.

#4

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
Public public vs private
8,130 yearly awards
$20,547 net cost

The total student population at University of Virginia - Main Campus is 24,360, of which 15,766 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average University of Virginia undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 27%. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

28% of University of Virginia students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $7,758. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia earns $61,200.

#5

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
Public public vs private
7,700 yearly awards
$21,655 net cost

There are approximately 30,675 students at VCU in total, 20,036 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at VCU. The freshman retention rate is 83%.

84% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Approximately 57% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $8,222. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for VCU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,000 after graduation.

#6

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
Public public vs private
7,000 yearly awards
$10,415 net cost

There are 17,267 full-time undergraduates at Northern Virginia Community College, and 51,190 students altogether.

Roughly, 20% of students at Northern Virginia Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $4,692. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Northern Virginia Community College is $42,000.

#7

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Public public vs private
5,480 yearly awards
$20,204 net cost

The total student population at James Madison University is 21,836, of which 18,905 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average JMU undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 75% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Roughly, 43% of students at JMU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $7,970. JMU has a 2.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate for JMU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $56,600 after graduation.

#8

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia
Public public vs private
5,430 yearly awards
$15,368 net cost

There are 15,036 full-time undergraduates at Old Dominion, and 24,375 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Old Dominion. The freshman retention rate is 80%.

86% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

68% of Old Dominion students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,971. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $43,700.

#9

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, Virginia
Public public vs private
4,360 yearly awards
$8,051 net cost

There are approximately 22,776 students at Tidewater Community College in total, 8,198 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 29% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $4,781. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Tidewater Community College earns $30,900.

#10

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Private for-profit public vs private
3,880 yearly awards
$20,327 net cost

There are 11,512 full-time undergraduates at East Coast Polytechnic Institute, and 11,972 students altogether. It takes the average East Coast Polytechnic Institute undergraduate about 4 years to complete their degree.

About 71% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

61% of East Coast Polytechnic Institute students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $9,379. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$34,600 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from East Coast Polytechnic Institute earns.

#11

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia
Public public vs private
2,970 yearly awards
$19,720 net cost

The total student population at College of William and Mary is 8,740, of which 6,199 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at William & Mary. The freshman retention rate is 95%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 36%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly, 27% of students at William & Mary take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $7,636. The student loan default rate of 1.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from William & Mary earns $58,500.

#12

Radford University

Radford, Virginia
Public public vs private
2,380 yearly awards
$16,743 net cost

There are approximately 9,418 students at Radford in total, 8,049 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Radford. The freshman retention rate is 76%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 74%. Of the accepted students, 34% are men and 66% are women.

Approximately 68% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $7,579. The student loan default rate of 5.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $43,000.

#13

Germanna Community College

Locust Grove, Virginia
Public public vs private
2,300 yearly awards
$8,044 net cost

The total student population at Germanna Community College is 6,688, of which 2,095 students are full-time undergraduates.

15% of Germanna Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $4,721. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Germanna Community College is $30,500.

#14

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Private not-for-profit public vs private
2,040 yearly awards
$17,842 net cost

There are 2,263 full-time undergraduates at Regent, and 9,488 students altogether. It takes the average Regent undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 78%. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Approximately 91% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $6,968. Regent has a 3.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$41,600 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Regent earns.

#15

John Tyler Community College

Chester, Virginia
Public public vs private
1,820 yearly awards
$6,952 net cost

There are approximately 10,380 students at John Tyler Community College in total, 2,536 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 15% of students at John Tyler Community College take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,906. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for John Tyler Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,400 after graduation.

Public public vs private
1,640 yearly awards
$7,202 net cost

The total student population at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College is 9,334, of which 2,567 students are full-time undergraduates.

16% of Reynolds Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,904. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $31,300.

#17

Thomas Nelson Community College

Hampton, Virginia
Public public vs private
1,620 yearly awards
$7,663 net cost

There are approximately 8,286 students at TNCC in total, 2,433 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 23% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $4,405. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from TNCC earns $29,900.

#18

Strayer University - Virginia

Arlington, Virginia
Private for-profit public vs private
1,600 yearly awards
$24,289 net cost

There are 1,002 full-time undergraduates at Strayer University - Virginia, and 5,894 students altogether. It takes the average Strayer University - Virginia undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

Roughly, 32% of students at Strayer University - Virginia take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $9,296. The student loan default rate of 10.6% is very similar to the national average.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Strayer University - Virginia is $45,900.

#19

Lord Fairfax Community College

Middletown, Virginia
Public public vs private
1,420 yearly awards
$7,479 net cost

There are approximately 6,891 students at Lord Fairfax Community College in total, 1,944 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 16% of students at Lord Fairfax Community College take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,507. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$30,600 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Lord Fairfax Community College earns.

#20

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,410 yearly awards
$26,264 net cost

The total student population at University of Richmond is 4,023, of which 3,035 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at U of Richmond. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

About 33% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Approximately 36% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $6,794. The student loan default rate of 1.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for U of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $64,500 after graduation.

#21

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Charlottesville, Virginia
Public public vs private
1,390 yearly awards
$7,778 net cost

There are 1,257 full-time undergraduates at PVCC, and 5,608 students altogether.

13% of PVCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $4,087. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $31,100.

#22

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia
Public public vs private
1,330 yearly awards
$22,351 net cost

The total student population at Christopher Newport University is 5,081, of which 4,867 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average CNU undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 72% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Roughly, 49% of students at CNU take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $8,356. The student loan default rate of 2.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from CNU earns $46,900.

Private for-profit public vs private
1,200 yearly awards
$ net cost

There are 433 full-time undergraduates at University of Management and Technology, and 1,176 students altogether. It takes the average University of Management and Technology undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

Approximately 0% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $. The student loan default rate of 9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from University of Management and Technology is $0.

#24

Central Virginia Community College

Lynchburg, Virginia
Public public vs private
1,200 yearly awards
$4,922 net cost

There are approximately 4,128 students at Central Virginia Community College in total, 1,269 of which are full-time undergraduates.

8% of Central Virginia Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $4,435. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$27,700 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Central Virginia Community College earns.

#25

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia
Public public vs private
1,170 yearly awards
$21,227 net cost

There are approximately 4,808 students at UMW in total, 3,905 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at UMW. The freshman retention rate is 84%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 73%. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Roughly, 50% of students at UMW take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $8,441. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for UMW with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $51,400 after graduation.

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