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117 Colleges
118,394 Yearly Graduations
$60,879 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$28,098 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, Virginia is ranked #11 in the country with 118,394 degrees handed out in 2018. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $15,220 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $19,250 a year.

About 53% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $7,024 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
19,178 Yearly Degrees
$7,904 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Liberty University is 75,044, of which 26,892 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 30%. Of the accepted students, 41% 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. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.2% is close 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
9,730 Yearly Degrees
$11,736 Yearly Tuition (In-State

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

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,922 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.3% which is much lower than the average 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
8,795 Yearly Degrees
$13,310 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Virginia Tech is 34,440, of which 26,603 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Virginia Tech. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

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.

41% of Virginia Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,607 a year. Virginia Tech has a 1.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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
8,110 Yearly Degrees
$16,018 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 15,766 full-time undergraduates at University of Virginia, and 24,360 students altogether. It takes the average University of Virginia undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

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 0.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#5

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
7,643 Yearly Degrees
$12,217 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 30,675 students at VCU in total, 20,036 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at VCU 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.

57% of VCU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,715 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#6

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
5,482 Yearly Degrees
$10,512 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at James Madison University is 21,836, of which 18,905 students are full-time undergraduates. JMU has a freshman retention rate of 90%, 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 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 average amount of student loans is $8,401 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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.

#7

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
5,429 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Northern Virginia Community College is 51,190, of which 17,267 students are full-time undergraduates. 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 typical student loan amount is $4,827 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than 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.

#8

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
5,424 Yearly Degrees
$9,727 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 24,375 students at Old Dominion in total, 15,036 of which are full-time undergraduates. 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.

Roughly 65% of students at Old Dominion take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,262 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.5% 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.

#9

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
3,201 Yearly Degrees
$12,960 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 11,512 full-time undergraduates at East Coast Polytechnic Institute, and 11,972 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

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

69% of East Coast Polytechnic Institute students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,161 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from East Coast Polytechnic Institute is $29,000.

#10

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
2,974 Yearly Degrees
$10,064 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 8,740 students at William & Mary in total, 6,199 of which are full-time undergraduates. William & Mary has a freshman retention rate of 95%, 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 36%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Approximately 25% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,654 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.3% 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.

#11

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
2,688 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tidewater Community College is 22,776, of which 8,198 students 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 14.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,500 during the early-career years.

#12

Radford University

Radford, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
2,360 Yearly Degrees
$8,915 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 9,418 students at Radford in total, 8,049 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Radford, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

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

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,827 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.8% which is much lower than the average 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
2,041 Yearly Degrees
$14,929 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 9,488 students at Regent in total, 2,263 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Regent is 4.9 years.

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

93% of Regent students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,423 a year. Regent has a 3.9% 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 $31,400 during the early-career years.

#14

Strayer University - Virginia

Arlington, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,601 Yearly Degrees
$14,790 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,002 full-time undergraduates at Strayer University - Virginia, and 5,894 students altogether. For undergraduates at Strayer University - Virginia, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

25% of Strayer University - Virginia students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,917 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.6% 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.

#15

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,348 Yearly Degrees
$24,720 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,035 full-time undergraduates at U of Richmond, and 4,023 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at U of Richmond. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

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

Roughly 35% of students at U of Richmond take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,552 a year. U of Richmond has a 1.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from U of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $46,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,333 Yearly Degrees
$7,578 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,867 full-time undergraduates at CNU, and 5,081 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at CNU is 88%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

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

Roughly 50% of students at CNU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,998 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from CNU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,201 Yearly Degrees
$7,020 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Management and Technology is 1,176, of which 433 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average University of Management and Technology undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

This school’s student loan default rate of 9.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

#18

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,162 Yearly Degrees
$7,182 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,905 full-time undergraduates at UMW, and 4,808 students altogether. For undergraduates at UMW, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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

Approximately 50% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,183 a year. 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’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,800 during the early-career years.

#19

Longwood University

Farmville, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,125 Yearly Degrees
$6,480 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,074 students at Longwood in total, 3,959 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Longwood is 4.3 years.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

64% of Longwood students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,177 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Longwood is $36,500.

#20

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,098 Yearly Degrees
$21,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,844 students at Shenandoah in total, 1,991 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Shenandoah, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

67% of Shenandoah students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,095 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,300 during the early-career years.

#21

Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
998 Yearly Degrees
$18,180 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Marymount University is 3,375, of which 2,069 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Marymount, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Around 30% of accepted students are men, and 70% are women.

52% of Marymount students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,318 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Marymount with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
956 Yearly Degrees
$8,398 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,303 students at Norfolk State in total, 4,011 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Norfolk State, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

83% of Norfolk State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,704 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Norfolk State is $26,200.

Public Public vs. Private
928 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,567 full-time undergraduates at Reynolds Community College, and 9,334 students altogether. 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 21.7% 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.

#24

John Tyler Community College

Chester, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
920 Yearly Degrees

There are 10,380 students at John Tyler Community College in total, 2,536 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Roughly 13% of students at John Tyler Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,570 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.3% 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.

#25

Germanna Community College

Locust Grove, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
911 Yearly Degrees

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

Approximately 14% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,483 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.5% which is higher than 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.

Other Virginia Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Thomas Nelson Community College 908
27 Virginia State University 880
28 Hampton University 841
29 Stratford University 756
30 Washington and Lee University 714
31 Virginia Western Community College 704
32 Lord Fairfax Community College 669
33 University of Lynchburg 648
34 Piedmont Virginia Community College 544
35 Eastern Mennonite University 530
36 Blue Ridge Community College 523
37 Southside Virginia Community College 500
38 Roanoke College 495
39 Mary Baldwin University 467
40 Central Virginia Community College 448
41 Virginia Military Institute 447
42 Patrick Henry Community College 444
43 New River Community College 438
44 Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine 426
45 Eastern Virginia Medical School 422
46 Bridgewater College 408
47 Jefferson College of Health Sciences 384
48 Randolph - Macon College 379
49 Wytheville Community College 353
50 Virginia Wesleyan University 323
51 Virginia Union University 312
52 Averett University - Non - Traditional Programs 309
53 Southwest Virginia Community College 308
54 Mountain Empire Community College 293
55 Rappahannock Community College 285
56 Emory and Henry College 282
57 The University of Virginia’s College at Wise 272
58 Hampden - Sydney College 266
59 Virginia Highlands Community College 265
60 Richard Bland College of William and Mary 227
60 Hollins University 227
62 Virginia International University 225
63 Danville Community College 220
64 Bluefield College 209
65 Sentara College of Health Sciences 203
66 Ferrum College 197
67 Averett University 191
68 American National University 182
69 Randolph College 178
70 South University–Richmond 173
71 DeVry University - Virginia 170
72 Southern Virginia University 161
73 South University–Virginia Beach 156
74 Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing 153
75 Chamberlain University - Virginia 147
76 Bryant and Stratton College - Richmond 134
77 Riverside College of Health Careers 131
78 Dabney S Lancaster Community College 130
79 Centura College-Chesapeake 128
80 Bryant and Stratton College - Virginia Beach 117
80 University of Phoenix - Virginia 117
82 Paul D Camp Community College 108
82 IGlobal University 108
84 The Art Institute of Virginia Beach 96
84 Centra College of Nursing 96
86 Eastern Virginia Career College 90
87 Centura College - Virginia Beach 88
88 Sweet Briar College 82
89 Centura College-Newport News 81
90 University of the Potomac - VA Campus 77
91 Centura College-Norfolk 73
92 Virginia University of Lynchburg 64
92 Appalachian College of Pharmacy 64
94 Virginia College-Richmond 61
95 Appalachian School of Law 60
96 Bryant & Stratton College - Hampton 55
97 Standard Healthcare Services-College of Nursing 53
97 Southside Regional Medical Center Professional Schools 53
99 Union Presbyterian Seminary 51
100 Eastern Shore Community College 46
101 Divine Mercy University 41
102 Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine 40
103 Centura College-Richmond Main 37
104 Virginia Baptist College 36
105 Advanced Technology Institute 32
106 Chester Career College 30
107 Fortis College-Richmond 19
108 Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond 17
109 Columbia College 14
109 Wave Leadership College 14
111 Saint Michael College of Allied Health 13
112 Bethel University 11
112 Virginia University of Oriental Medicine 11
114 Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health Professions 9
115 Virginia Beach Theological Seminary 8
116 Fortis College-Norfolk 1
117 Columbia College 0

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