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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

Virginia ranked #12 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2019. Around 140,055 students received some type of diploma that year. 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.

About 56% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly 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
$7,980 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 26,892 full-time undergraduates at Liberty University, and 75,044 students altogether. For undergraduates at Liberty University, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 30%. 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 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
$12,144 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 20,221 full-time undergraduates at GMU, and 35,984 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at GMU. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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

53% of GMU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,922 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from GMU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
9,563 Yearly Degrees
$13,701 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Virginia Tech is 34,440, of which 26,603 students are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Virginia Tech is 93%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

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

41% of Virginia Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,607 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $48,000 during the early-career years.

#4

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
8,352 Yearly Degrees
$16,578 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Virginia - Main Campus is 24,360, of which 15,766 students are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at University of Virginia is 96%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

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. The student loan default rate of 1.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $50,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
7,878 Yearly Degrees
$12,701 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 30,675 students at VCU in total, 20,036 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at VCU, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Roughly 57% of students at VCU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,715 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#6

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
7,598 Yearly Degrees

There are 17,267 full-time undergraduates at Northern Virginia Community College, and 51,190 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

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

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Northern Virginia Community College is $33,200.

#7

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
5,495 Yearly Degrees
$10,207 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 15,036 full-time undergraduates at Old Dominion, and 24,375 students altogether. For undergraduates at Old Dominion, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

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

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,500 during the early-career years.

#8

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
5,447 Yearly Degrees
$10,848 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 21,836 students at JMU in total, 18,905 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at JMU is 4.2 years.

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.

Approximately 43% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,401 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.3% which is much lower than the average 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

There are 22,776 students at Tidewater Community College in total, 8,198 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

27% of Tidewater Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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
$12,960 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at ECPI University is 11,972, of which 11,512 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at East Coast Polytechnic Institute, the average graduation time is 4.0 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 71%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

69% of East Coast Polytechnic Institute students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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 East Coast Polytechnic Institute 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
$10,516 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 6,199 full-time undergraduates at William & Mary, and 8,740 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at William & Mary is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 36%. Around 45% of accepted students 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from William & Mary is $43,900.

#12

Radford University

Radford, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
2,314 Yearly Degrees
$8,915 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 8,049 full-time undergraduates at Radford, and 9,418 students altogether. It takes the average Radford undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 34% are men and 66% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at Radford take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,400 during the early-career years.

#13

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,238 Yearly Degrees
$15,552 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,263 full-time undergraduates at Regent, and 9,488 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 42 to 1.

About 78% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Roughly 93% of students at Regent take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,423 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,400 during the early-career years.

#14

John Tyler Community College

Chester, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,854 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at John Tyler Community College is 10,380, of which 2,536 students 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 average amount of student loans 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,500 during the early-career years.

#15

Germanna Community College

Locust Grove, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,794 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,095 full-time undergraduates at Germanna Community College, and 6,688 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

14% of Germanna Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

Students who graduate from Germanna Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Lord Fairfax Community College

Middletown, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,730 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,944 full-time undergraduates at Lord Fairfax Community College, and 6,891 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

11% of Lord Fairfax Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

Students who graduate from Lord Fairfax Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Strayer University - Virginia

Arlington, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,590 Yearly Degrees
$14,940 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Strayer University - Virginia is 5,894, of which 1,002 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Strayer University - Virginia, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

Roughly 25% of students at Strayer University - Virginia take out loans to pay for college. 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

The total student population at Thomas Nelson Community College is 8,286, of which 2,433 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at TNCC take out loans to pay for college. 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.

Public Public vs. Private
1,408 Yearly Degrees

There are 9,334 students at Reynolds Community College in total, 2,567 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

10% of Reynolds Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Reynolds Community College is $24,800.

#20

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,305 Yearly Degrees
$24,960 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,035 full-time undergraduates at U of Richmond, and 4,023 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at U of Richmond is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 33%. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Approximately 35% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,552 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from U of Richmond is $46,900.

#21

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,270 Yearly Degrees
$8,676 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,905 full-time undergraduates at UMW, and 4,808 students altogether. It takes the average UMW undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

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

50% of UMW students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,183 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UMW is $37,800.

#22

Central Virginia Community College

Lynchburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,268 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Central Virginia Community College is 4,128, of which 1,269 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 12% of students at Central Virginia Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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

There are 5,608 students at PVCC in total, 1,257 of which are full-time undergraduates. 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

The total student population at Southside Virginia Community College is 3,611, of which 1,147 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 27 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southside Virginia Community College is $19,900.

#25

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,245 Yearly Degrees
$7,614 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Christopher Newport University is 5,081, of which 4,867 students are full-time undergraduates. CNU has a freshman retention rate of 88%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

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

Roughly 50% of students at CNU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,998 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CNU is $38,200.

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 and 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 - Non - Traditional Programs 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 Regional Medical Center Professional Schools 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 Danville Regional Medical Center 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 LLC 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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