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147 Colleges
140,055 Yearly Graduations
$61,327 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$28,536 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2019, 140,055 students received a degree from a college in Virginia, making it rank #12 in terms of graduations. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Virginia is $15,332 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $19,461 a year.

An estimated 56% of college students in Virginia take out loans, with the average loan amount being $7,134 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
20,082 Yearly Degrees
$16,118 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 45,935 undergraduates at Liberty University, of which 27,401 are full-time, and there are 79,152 students altogether. It takes the average Liberty University undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly 59% of students at Liberty University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,133 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
9,992 Yearly Degrees
$12,564 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 37,316 students at GMU in total, 26,192 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 21,213 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at GMU is 88%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

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

Roughly 53% of students at GMU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,922 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $44,900 during the early-career years.

#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
9,563 Yearly Degrees
$13,691 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Virginia Tech is 34,683, of which 27,811 students are undergraduates and of those, 27,180 are full-time. Virginia Tech has a freshman retention rate of 93%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Of the accepted students, 57% are men and 43% are women.

Approximately 41% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,607 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $48,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
8,352 Yearly Degrees
$17,935 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 16,777 undergraduates at University of Virginia, of which 15,990 are full-time, and there are 24,639 students altogether. For undergraduates at University of Virginia, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 27%. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

Roughly 29% of students at University of Virginia take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,472 a year. University of Virginia has a 1.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from University of Virginia is $50,300.

#5

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
7,878 Yearly Degrees
$14,596 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 30,697 students at VCU in total, 23,693 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 20,207 are full-time. For undergraduates at VCU, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

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

57% of VCU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,715 a year. VCU has a 4.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,400 during the early-career years.

#6

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
7,598 Yearly Degrees
$5,610 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 16,709 full-time undergraduates at Northern Virginia Community College, and 50,929 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

Roughly 19% of students at Northern Virginia Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,827 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Northern Virginia Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
5,495 Yearly Degrees
$10,680 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 24,176 students at Old Dominion in total, 19,372 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 15,003 are full-time. It takes the average Old Dominion undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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

65% of Old Dominion students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,262 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Old Dominion is $35,500.

#8

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
5,447 Yearly Degrees
$12,206 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at James Madison University is 21,751, of which 19,923 students are undergraduates and of those, 18,881 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at JMU. The freshman retention rate is 90%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 75%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

43% of JMU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,401 a year. JMU has a 2.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from JMU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
4,370 Yearly Degrees
$5,561 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 20,941 students at Tidewater Community College in total, 7,375 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 27% of students at Tidewater Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,399 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Tidewater Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
4,244 Yearly Degrees
$16,639 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,704 undergraduates at ECPI University, of which 12,567 are full-time, and there are 12,947 students altogether. It takes the average ECPI University undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,161 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from ECPI University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
3,140 Yearly Degrees
$22,922 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,377 undergraduates at William & Mary, of which 6,300 are full-time, and there are 8,817 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

About 36% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

25% of William & Mary students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,654 a year. William & Mary has a 1.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from William & Mary with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Radford University

Radford, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
2,314 Yearly Degrees
$11,350 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,926 undergraduates at Radford, of which 7,556 are full-time, and there are 9,335 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Radford is 4.3 years.

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

72% of Radford students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,827 a year. Radford has a 5.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Radford with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,238 Yearly Degrees
$18,620 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,889 students at Regent in total, 4,353 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,355 are full-time. For undergraduates at Regent, the average graduation time is 4.9 years.

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

Approximately 93% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,423 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Regent with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

John Tyler Community College

Chester, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,854 Yearly Degrees
$4,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,144 students at John Tyler Community College in total, 2,431 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Approximately 13% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,570 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from John Tyler Community College is $27,500.

#15

Germanna Community College

Locust Grove, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,794 Yearly Degrees
$4,913 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,207 students at Germanna Community College in total, 2,199 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 14% of students at Germanna Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,483 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Germanna Community College is $25,000.

#16

Lord Fairfax Community College

Middletown, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,730 Yearly Degrees
$4,739 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,967 full-time undergraduates at Lord Fairfax Community College, and 6,798 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Approximately 11% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,443 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,100 during the early-career years.

#17

Strayer University - Virginia

Arlington, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,590 Yearly Degrees
$13,515 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,124 undergraduates at Strayer University - Virginia, of which 960 are full-time, and there are 5,520 students altogether. For undergraduates at Strayer University - Virginia, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

Approximately 25% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,917 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Strayer University - Virginia is $33,100.

#18

Thomas Nelson Community College

Hampton, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,545 Yearly Degrees
$4,806 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Thomas Nelson Community College is 7,685, which includes 2,447 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 18% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,852 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TNCC is $23,500.

#19

Reynolds Community College

Richmond, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,408 Yearly Degrees
$4,998 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,453 full-time undergraduates at Reynolds Community College, and 8,737 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 10% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,043 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Reynolds Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,305 Yearly Degrees
$54,690 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Richmond is 4,002, of which 3,295 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,040 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

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

35% of URichmond students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,552 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $46,900 during the early-career years.

#21

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,270 Yearly Degrees
$13,270 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,410 undergraduates at UMW, of which 3,876 are full-time, and there are 4,727 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UMW is 4.2 years.

About 73% of students who apply get accepted. 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 student loans is $7,183 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UMW with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Central Virginia Community College

Lynchburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,268 Yearly Degrees
$4,838 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,047 students at Central Virginia Community College in total, 1,328 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,099 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Central Virginia Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Charlottesville, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,261 Yearly Degrees
$4,790 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,112 full-time undergraduates at PVCC, and 5,445 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

13% of PVCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,144 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from PVCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,261 Yearly Degrees
$4,695 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,430 students at Southside Virginia Community College in total, 1,091 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 27 to 1.

Students who graduate from Southside Virginia Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $19,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,245 Yearly Degrees
$14,924 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Christopher Newport University is 4,957, of which 4,857 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,789 are full-time. For undergraduates at CNU, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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

50% of CNU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,998 a year. CNU has a 1.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,200 during the early-career years.

Other Virginia Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Virginia Western Community College 1,210
27 Shenandoah University 1,135
28 Longwood University 1,124
29 Blue Ridge Community College 1,039
30 Marymount University 972
31 Rappahannock Community College 964
32 University of Lynchburg 892
33 Hampton University 882
34 Virginia State University 824
35 Patrick Henry Community College 816
36 Norfolk State University 802
37 University of Management and Technology 795
38 Danville Community College 730
39 Stratford University 716
40 Mountain Empire Community College 685
41 Washington and Lee University 674
42 Wytheville Community College 647
43 New River Community College 645
44 Virginia Highlands Community College 563
45 Eastern Mennonite University 506
46 Eastern Virginia Medical School 488
47 Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine 483
48 Southwest Virginia Community College 482
49 Roanoke College 474
50 Mary Baldwin University 442
51 Bridgewater College 421
52 Jefferson College of Health Sciences 417
53 American National University 416
54 Tidewater Tech-Trades 405
55 Bluefield College 388
56 Randolph - Macon College 386
57 Virginia Union University 374
58 Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach 366
59 Virginia Military Institute 363
60 Dabney S Lancaster Community College 319
61 Virginia Wesleyan University 307
62 Paul D Camp Community College 293
63 Emory and Henry College 290
64 Advanced Technology Institute 287
65 The University of Virginia’s College at Wise 266
66 Hollins University 261
67 Richard Bland College of William and Mary 253
68 Averett University - Graduate & Professional Studies 238
69 Hampden - Sydney College 217
70 Ferrum College 209
70 Standard Healthcare Services - College of Nursing 209
72 Fortis College - Richmond 202
73 IGlobal University 201
74 Averett University 195
75 Eastern Virginia Career College 186
76 Sentara College of Health Sciences 185
77 South University, Richmond 180
78 Southern Virginia University 168
79 Riverside College of Health Careers 167
80 Centura College - Chesapeake 162
81 Columbia College 154
82 Randolph College 151
83 Centra College of Nursing 150
84 Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing 148
85 South University, Virginia Beach 144
86 DeVry University - Virginia 138
87 The Esthetic Institute 137
88 Chamberlain University - Virginia 136
88 University of the Potomac - VA Campus 136
90 Centura College - Norfolk 134
91 Virginia International University 131
91 Eastern Shore Community College 131
93 The Chrysm Insitute of Esthetics 125
94 Dermal Science International Aesthetics and Nail Academy 114
95 Fortis College - Norfolk 111
96 Columbia College 110
97 Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage 109
98 The Art Institute of Virginia Beach 106
99 Centura College - Newport News 103
100 Divine Mercy University 98
101 Rudy & Kelly Academy - A Paul Mitchell Partner School 95
102 Appalachian School of Law 90
102 Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Chesapeake 90
104 American Massage & Bodywork Institute 87
105 Paul Mitchell the School Mclean 86
106 CET, Alexandria 84
107 University of Phoenix - Virginia 82
108 Centura College - Virginia Beach 80
109 Chester Career College 79
110 Southside College of Health Sciences 74
111 Centura College - Richmond Main 72
112 Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Manassas 63
112 Virginia University of Lynchburg 63
112 Appalachian College of Pharmacy 63
115 Sylvain Melloul International Hair Academy 60
116 Patrick Henry College 58
117 Paul Mitchell the School Woodbridge 56
118 Virginia University of Oriental Medicine 45
119 Empire Beauty School-Virginia Beach 44
120 Avi Career Training 37
121 Union Presbyterian Seminary 36
121 Institute of Advanced Medical Esthetics 36
123 Paul Mitchell the School Roanoke 35
124 Henrico County-Saint Marys Hospital School of Practical Nursing 33
125 Cayce/Reilly School of Massage 32
125 Lotus School of Integrated Professions 32
127 Sweet Briar College 30
128 Bristol School of Hair Design 28
129 Empire Beauty School-Richmond 26
130 Saint Michael College of Allied Health 25
131 Empire Beauty School-Midlothian 21
131 Tomorrow’s Image Barber And Beauty Academy of Virginia 21
133 Virginia Baptist College 20
134 Central School of Practical Nursing 19
135 Culpeper Cosmetology Training Center 14
135 Staunton School of Cosmetology 14
137 Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging 13
138 Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing 12
139 Sovah School of Health Professions 11
140 Virginia School of Hair Design 10
140 Wave Leadership College 10
140 Another Level Barbering and Cosmetology School 10
143 Luckes Beauty Academy 9
144 Virginia Beach Theological Seminary 7
145 Bethel University 6
146 Suffolk Beauty Academy 5
147 Kenny’S-Beauty-Academy 1

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