Virginia Colleges

Higher Education in the Commonwealth of Virginia

College of William and Mary
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Virginia has a wide variety of colleges and higher education facilities. The following guide includes information about Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities, community colleges and more.

Public Colleges and Universities

College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia (757)221-4000
Approx. Enrollment: 5800 undergrad, 2000 grad
The prestigious college is the second oldest in the nation and also a cutting-edge research university.

The scenic 1,200 acre campus is located in historic downtown Williamsburg.

Christopher Newport University
1 University Place Newport News, Virginia 23606 (757) 594-7000
Approx. Enrollment: 4,700 undergrad, 200 grad
The public liberal arts college offers more than 80 academic majors and programs.

George Mason University
4400 University Dr Fairfax, Virginia 22030 (703) 993-1000
Approx. Enrollment: 18,500 undergrad, 11,000 grad
The university offers more than 100 degree programs. The main campus is located in Fairfax in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, DC. Additional campuses are located in Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William and the United Arab Emirates. Most students commute to George Mason, so there’s not a lot of campus life.

James Madison University
800 South Main St. Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807 (540)568-6211
Approx. Enrollment: 16,400 undergrad, 1200 grad
JMU offers 62 undergraduate major programs, including a top-ranked business program.

The college has a beautiful campus located in the center of the Shenandoah Valley.

Longwood University
201 High Street, Farmville, Virginia 23909 (434) 395-2000
Approx. Enrollment: 4000 undergrad, 700 grad
Located in central Virginia, Longwood offers classes in more than 100 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations.



Norfolk State University
700 Park Ave Norfolk, VA 23504 (757) 823-8600
Approx. Enrollment: 5400 undergrad, 1700 grad
Norfolk University is a public, urban comprehensive University and is proud to be one of the largest predominantly black colleges in the country.

Old Dominion University
5115 Hampton Blvd Norfolk, VA 23529 (757) 683–3000
Approx. Enrollment: 14,400 undergrad, 6,000 grad
The 188 acre campus is located in historic Norfolk in a metropolitan setting. There is a diverse student body and a wide variety of academic programs.

Radford University
East Main Street Radford, VA 24141 (540) 831-5000
Approx. Enrollment: 8350 undergrad, 1000 grad
Nestled in the New River Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, (in Southwest Virginia) this mid-size college offers 153 undergraduate and graduate programs.

University of Mary Washington
1301 College Ave Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (540) 654-1000
Approx. Enrollment: 4100 undergrad, 600 grad
Located an hour south of Washington, DC, the college is known for outstanding undergraduate liberal arts programs and graduate programs in education, business, and technology.

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 (804) 982-3200
Approx. Enrollment: 14,000 undegrad, 9,000 grad
U Va is ranked as one of the top public schools in the country.

It is made up of ten schools in Charlottesville, plus the College at Wise in southwest Virginia. The University of Virginia Health System is a nationally renowned academic medical center.

Virginia Commonwealth University
910 W Franklin St Richmond, Virginia 23284 (804) 828 – 0100
Approx. Enrollment: 19,000 undergrad, 9,300 grad
This is the largest university in Virginia and it is composed of two downtown campuses in Richmond. The college offers an extensive selection of academic programs, undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The VCU Medical Center is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.

Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, Virginia (540)464-7207
Approx. Enrollment: 1300
VMI provides military training and four-year degree programs in engineering, science, liberal arts, and social sciences.



Virginia State University
One Hayden Street Petersburg, Virginia 23806 (804) 524 – 5000
Approx. Enrollment: 4170 undergrad, 700 grad
The college was the first fully state supported, four-year institution of higher learning for Blacks in America. The 236 acre campus is centrally located about two hours south of Washington, DC, north of the North Carolina Triangle, west of the Blue Ridge Mountains east of the Atlantic Ocean.

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia (540) 231–6000
Approx. Enrollment: 21,300 undergrad, 4,300grad
Officially named Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is known for strong academics and research programs. The university’s undergraduate academic colleges include: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture and Urban Studies, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Natural Resources, Pamplin College of Business, and Science. The university offers master's and doctoral degree programs through the Graduate School and a professional degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

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See Community Colleges in Virginia on Page 4

Appalachian School of Law
1 Slate Creek Rd Grundy, Virginia 24614 (276) 935 – 4349
Approx. Enrollment: 370
This law school is located in Southwest Virginia, near the borders of West Virginia and Kentucky.

Averett University
420 West Main St., Danville, Virginia 24541 (434) 791-5600
Approx. Enrollment: 2,540 statewide, 1060 Danville
The college offers bachelors and masters degrees with flexible programs for working professionals.



Bluefield College
3000 College Dr Bluefield, Virginia 24605 (276) 326-3682
Approx. Enrollment: 815
Bluefield College is a private, Christian liberal arts college, affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia.

Bridgewater College
402 E College St Bridgewater, Virginia 22812 (540) 828-8000
Approx. Enrollment: 1530
The liberal arts college offers programs that focus on the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. The small campus is located in the heart of the scenic Shenandoah Valley.

Christendom College
134 Christendom Drive Front Royal, Virginia 22630 Approx. Enrollment: 400
The Roman Catholic liberal arts college offers undergraduate and graduate programs on three campuses in Front Royal and Alexandria, Virginia, and Rome, Italy.

Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Rd Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802 (540) 432-4000
Approx. Enrollment: 1030 undergrad, 270 grad
Located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley, EMU is a four-year Christian liberal arts college emphasizing sustainability, service, community and peacebuilding.

Also home to seven graduate programs, a seminary and the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Eastern Virginia Medical School
700W. Olney Norfolk, Virginia 23507 (757) 446 – 8422
Approx. Enrollment: 690
The main campus is part of the Eastern Virginia Medical Center which also includes Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters.



ECPI Technical College
Campuses in Glen Allen, Richmond, Roanoke, Newport News, Manassas, and Virginia Beach
Associate degree and bachelor degree programs are available in technology, business and health sciences.

Emory and Henry College
One Garnand Drive Emory, Virginia 24327 (276) 944 – 4121
Approx. Enrollment: 930 undergrad, 100 grad
The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is the oldest college in Southwest Virginia, located in the Virginia Highlands within view of Virginia's two highest peaks, Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain

Ferrum College
215 Ferrum Mountain Road Ferrum, Virginia 24088 (540) 365 – 2121
Approx. Enrollment: 940
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia, Ferrum is a four-year liberal arts college with easy access to Roanoke, Virginia

George Washington University
20101 Academic Way Ashburn, Virginia 20147
Research & Technology Campus. Graduate classes focus on education and business leadership, information technology and telecommunications, engineering and transportation safety, and health sciences.

Hampden-Sydney College
College Road Hampden-Sydney, Virginia 23943 (434) 223 – 6000
Approx. Enrollment: 1080
This is a liberal arts college for men only, located on a 1200-acre wooded campus 60 miles southwest of Richmond, Virginia.



Hampton University
Campuses in Hampton, Virginia Beach and Roanoke
Hampton is a historically black university with three campuses located in southeastern Virginia. Academic programs include technical, liberal arts, pre-professional, professional, and graduate degrees.

Hollins University
7916 Williamson Rd NW Roanoke, Virginia 24020 (540) 362 – 6000
Approx. Enrollment: 820 undergrad, 230 grad
The small liberal arts college for women is located in the heart of Roanoke, VA.

Institute for the Psychological Sciences
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, Virginia 22202 (703) 416-1441
This is a Catholic graduate school of psychology.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences
920 S Jefferson St Roanoke, Virginia 24016 (540) 985 – 8483
Approx Enrollment: 745
The college offers Masters of Science degrees in Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant, baccalaureate degrees, and associate degrees in healthcare.





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See Public Colleges and Universities in Virginia on Page 1
See Community Colleges in Virginia on Page 4

Liberty University
1971 University Blvd Lynchburg, Virginia 24502 (434) 582 – 2000
Enrollment: 8,700 undergrad, 1800 grad
The world’s largest evangelical university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Lynchburg College
1501 Lakeside Dr Lynchburg, Virginia 24501 (434) 544-8100
Approx. Enrollment: 1935 undergrad, 310 grad
The liberal arts college is located in central Virginia.

Mary Baldwin College
New & Frederick St Staunton, Virginia 24401 (540) 887 – 7000
Approx.

Enrollment: 1525 undergrad, 200 grad
The liberal arts college for women offers a variety of academic programs.

Marymount University
2807 N Glebe Rd Arlington, Virginia 22207 (703) 522 – 5600
Approx. Enrollment: 2225 undergrad, 1500 grad
The Catholic liberal arts college is located just minutes from downtown Washington, DC.

Randolph-Macon College
204 Henry St Ashland, Virginia 23005 (804) 752 – 7200
Approx. Enrollment: 1125
The liberal arts college is located in Central Virginia

Randolph College
2500 Rivermont Avenue. Lynchburg, Virginia 24503 (434) 947-8000
Approx. Enrollment: 715
For over 115 years, Randolph College was Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. In 2007, the college began admitting men.

Regent University
1000 Regent University Dr Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464 (757) 226 – 4127
Approx Enrollment: 275 undergrad, 3170 grad
This college focuses on Christian leadership offering undergraduate and advanced degrees in a variety of subjects.



Roanoke College
221 College Ln Salem, Virginia 24153 (540) 375 – 2500
Approx. Enrollment: 1850
The Lutheran liberal arts college offers bachelor's degrees in arts, science and business, as well as pre-professional majors in law, medicine, dentistry, engineering and ministry.

Saint Paul's College
115 College Drive Lawrenceville, Virgiia 23868 (434) 848 – 3111
Approx.

Enrollment: 625
The small Virginia college offers bachelors degrees in Business Administration, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Science, Mathematics, and Education.

Shenandoah University
1460 University Dr Winchester, Virginia 22601 (540) 665 – 4500
Approx. Enrollment: 1500 undergrad, 1500 grad
The 75-acre campus is located 70 miles west of Washington, DC in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Academic programs include 80 subjects of study at the undergraduate, graduate, doctorate and professional levels.

Sweet Briar College
134 Chapel Drive Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 (434) 381 – 6100
Approx. Enrollment: 730
This college for women is located in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

Union Presbyterian Seminary
3401 Brook Rd Richmond, Virginia 23227 (804) 355 – 0671
Approx. Enrollment: 390
The Christian college prepares pastors, educators, and scholars. A second campus is located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way Richmond, Virginia 23173 (804) 289 – 8000
Approx. Enrollment: 3,650 undergrad, 800 grad
Richmond offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, law and continuing studies.



Virginia Intermont College
1013 Moore St Bristol, Virginia 24201 (276) 669 – 6101
Approx. Enrollment: 1150
This college for women offers bachelors and associates degrees and boasts a 125-acre riding facility.

Virginia Union University
1500 N Lombardy St Richmond, Virginia 23220 (804) 257 – 5600
Approx. Enrollment: 1400 undergrad, 375 grad
The historically black liberal arts university offers undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, law and continuing studies.

Virginia Wesleyan College
1584 Wesleyan Dr Norfolk, Virginia 23502 (757) 455 – 3200
Approx. Enrollment: 1440
The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and located on the border of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Washington and Lee University
204 West Washington Street Lexington, Virginia 24450 (540) 458 – 8400
Approx.

Enrollment: 1760 undergrad, 410 grad
Located in the historic city of Lexington, about three hours southwest of Washington, DC, W & L offers a variety of academic programs through its two undergraduate divisions, the College and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; and a graduate School of Law.

See Public Colleges and Universities in Virginia on Page 1
See More Private Colleges in Virginia on Page 2
See Community Colleges in Virginia on Page 4

Blue Ridge Community College
Weyers Cave

Central Virginia Community College
Lynchburg

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Cllifton Forge

Danville Community College
Danville

Eastern Shore Community College
Melfa

Germanna Community College
Locust Grove

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Richmond

John Tyler Community College
Chester

Lord Fairfax Community College
Middletown

Mountain Empire Community College
Big Stone Gap

New River Community College
Dublin

Northern Virginia Community College
Campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge, Arlington and Reston.

Patrick Henry Community College
Martinsville

Paul D Camp Community College
Franklin

Piedmont Virginia Community College
Charlottesville

Rappahannock Community College
Glenns

Southside Virginia Community College
Alberta

Southwest Virginia Community College
Richlands

Thomas Nelson Community College
Hampton

Tidewater Community College
Chesapeake

Virginia Highlands Community College
Abingdon

Virginia Western Community College
Roanoke

Wytheville Community College
Wytheville

See Public Colleges and Universities in Virginia on Page 1
See Private Colleges in Virginia on Pages 2 and 3