8 Most Popular Colleges in Virginia

8 Most Popular Colleges in Virginia

With schools close to the nation's capital, Virginia has a number of metropolitan colleges to choose from.

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Virginia Tech, located in Blacksburg, is a vibrant college town where students make up more than half the total population.

Many of the colleges in Virginia are located close to Washington D.C. and other metropolitan areas like Richmond. These cities offer students the opportunity for unique internships and amazing cultural experiences. The most popular colleges in Virginia also try to make school affordable for every student regardless of their background.

8. Old Dominion University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 22,287

Cost: In-state: $8,450, Out-of-state: $23,330

Best Programs: Business, health-related programs, social sciences, and English literature.

Fun Fact: ODU is committed to providing a hands-on education for all students. It is the only university in the nation that ensures every doctoral student receives practical career-related experience during their graduate career.

7. University of Virginia

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 24,257

Cost: In-state: $12,006, Out-of-state: $38,018

Best Programs: Economics, business, psychology, history, and international relations.

Fun Fact: After an unfortunate gambling incident, Edgar Allen Poe was forced to leave UVA because he couldn't pay tuition. His dorm room is currently well-preserved and on display.

6. Tidewater Community College

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 25,857

Cost: In-state: $117 per credit hour, $293.60 per credit hour

Best Programs:''' American Sign Language, occupational therapy assistant, funeral services, and culinary arts.

Fun Fact: Tidewater is one of the largest community colleges in the country and is ranked in the top five in technological resources.

5. Liberty University

Type of College: Private University

Enrollment: 27,068

Cost: $19,968

Best Programs: Health-related programs, philosophy and religious studies, business, psychology, parks and recreation studies.

Fun Fact: As far as private schools go, Liberty is one of the most affordable. It also has a rich tradition rooted in the Christian faith.

4. Virginia Tech

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 29,898

Cost: In-state: $10,930, Out-of-state: $25,320

Best Programs: Business, engineering, biology, social sciences, family and consumer sciences.

Fun Fact: Virginia Tech, located in Blacksburg, is a vibrant college town where students make up more than half the total population.

3. George Mason University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 30,276

Cost: In-state: $9,620, Out-of-state: $27,764

Best Programs: Psychology, communication, accounting, biology, and business administration.

Fun Fact: George Mason's proximity to Washington D.C. has allowed the school to make partnerships with organizations like the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Zoo, National Geographic, and the Smithsonians. Students oftentimes have the opportunity to obtain internships because of these partnerships.

2. Virginia Commonwealth University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 31,700

Cost: In-state: $9,885, Out-of-state: $23,300

Best Programs: Business, visual and performing arts, homeland security and law enforcement, and psychology.

Fun Fact: Many of VCU's film students recently had the opportunity to work as interns on the set of Steven Spielberg's movie Lincoln, which was filmed in Richmond.

1. Northern Virginia Community College

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 41,266

Cost: In-state: $135 per credit, Out-of-state: $314.90 per credit

Best Programs: Administration of justice, automotive technology, interior design, engineering, and hospitality management.

Fun Fact: NOVA is one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the U.S., possibly because of its location near Washington D.C. It currently serves students from over 180 countries.

Quick Facts

  • The Commonwealth of Virginia has put together many programs and resources to help students get into and pay for college in that state. Your high school counselor may be able to answer questions about specific programs.
  • The Virginia Department of Education wants to encourage students with disabilities to attend college and receive the accommodations they deserve. For more information about attending college in Virginia with a disability, check out the Department of Education's guidebook.

Stats source: CollegeStats and U.S. News and World Report.

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