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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 terms of yearly graduations, Virginia is ranked #12 in the country with 140,055 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $15,332 per year to get their degree at a college in Virginia, while out of state students will pay an average of $19,461 per 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

The total student population at Liberty University is 85,586, of which 47,025 students are undergraduates and of those, 28,487 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

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

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,133 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Liberty University is $32,100.

#2

George Mason University

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

There are 37,863 students at GMU in total, 26,662 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 21,672 are full-time. GMU has a freshman retention rate of 88%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

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 average amount of student loans is $7,922 a year. GMU has a 2.1% 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 GMU is $44,900.

#3

Virginia Tech

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

There are 36,383 students at Virginia Tech in total, 29,300 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 28,584 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech is 4.3 years.

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.

Roughly 41% of students at Virginia Tech take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,607 a year. Virginia Tech has a 1.6% 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 Virginia Tech is $48,000.

#4

University of Virginia - Main Campus

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

The total student population at University of Virginia - Main Campus is 25,012, of which 17,010 students are undergraduates and of those, 16,267 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at University of Virginia 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $50,300 during the early-career years.

#5

Virginia Commonwealth University

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

The total student population at Virginia Commonwealth University is 29,757, of which 22,837 students are undergraduates and of those, 19,825 are full-time. 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%. Around 37% of accepted students 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 student loan default rate of 4.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from VCU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Northern Virginia Community College

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

There are 51,822 students at Northern Virginia Community College in total, 15,540 are full-time undergraduates. 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 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
$10,680 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 23,675 students at Old Dominion in total, 19,176 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 14,702 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Old Dominion 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.

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

There are 19,895 undergraduates at JMU, of which 18,798 are full-time, and there are 21,820 students altogether. It takes the average JMU undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

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.

Roughly 43% of students at JMU take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from JMU is $44,400.

#9

Tidewater Community College

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

There are 19,064 students at Tidewater Community College in total, 6,693 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 27% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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 13,142 undergraduates at ECPI University, of which 13,005 are full-time, and there are 13,487 students altogether. For undergraduates at ECPI University, 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.

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from ECPI University is $29,000.

#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 8,773 students at William & Mary in total, 6,256 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,190 are full-time. For undergraduates at William & Mary, the average graduation time 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.

Roughly 25% of students at William & Mary take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,654 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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
$11,350 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,967 undergraduates at Radford, of which 7,494 are full-time, and there are 11,870 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

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

72% of Radford students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,827 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Radford is $36,400.

#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 10,365 students at Regent in total, 4,408 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,333 are full-time. It takes the average Regent undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

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. Regent 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 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

The total student population at John Tyler Community College is 10,152, which includes 2,581 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

13% of John Tyler Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

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
$4,913 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,225 students at Germanna Community College in total, 2,202 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 typical student loan amount is $4,483 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,000 during the early-career years.

#16

Lord Fairfax Community College

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

The total student population at Lord Fairfax Community College is 6,716, which includes 1,951 full-time undergraduates. 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
$13,515 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,606 students at Strayer University - Virginia in total, 4,332 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 814 are full-time. It takes the average Strayer University - Virginia undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

25% of Strayer University - Virginia students take out loans to afford college costs. 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 7,314, which includes 2,184 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

18% of TNCC students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

Students who graduate from TNCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Reynolds Community College

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

The total student population at Reynolds Community College is 8,711, which includes 2,606 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 10% of students at Reynolds Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,800 during the early-career years.

#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

There are 3,202 undergraduates at URichmond, of which 3,004 are full-time, and there are 3,914 students altogether. 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.

Roughly 35% of students at URichmond take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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

The total student population at University of Mary Washington is 4,488, of which 4,182 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,694 are full-time. It takes the average UMW undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 73% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

50% of UMW students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,183 a year. UMW has a 3.7% 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 $37,800 during the early-career years.

#22

Central Virginia Community College

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

There are 1,298 full-time undergraduates at Central Virginia Community College, and 3,813 students altogether. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,700 during the early-career years.

#23

Piedmont Virginia Community College

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

There are 1,116 full-time undergraduates at PVCC, and 5,312 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 13% of students at PVCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,700 during the early-career years.

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

There are 3,219 students at Southside Virginia Community College in total, 1,016 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 27 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $19,900 during the early-career years.

#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 4,919, of which 4,837 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,742 are full-time. It takes the average CNU undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 72%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

50% of CNU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,998 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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 & 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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