List of colleges and universities in Virginia

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This is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Virginia. The oldest college or university in Virginia is The College of William and Mary, founded in 1693. In 2010, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine became the newest. The largest institution is Liberty University, with over 56,000 students. The smallest is the graduate-only Institute for the Psychological Sciences.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia defines four categories of degree-granting institutions of postsecondary education: public institutions,[1] established private institutions in good standing with a nationally recognized accrediting organization,[2] private and out-of-state institutions requiring certification[3][4] and institutions exempt from state oversight for religious reasons.[5] Also exempt from certification are vocational institutions supervised by other state agencies, and institutions supervised by the federal government. All public institutions and most traditional private institutions are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Most other state-certified private non-religious institutions are accredited by a national organization, though some do not have any accreditation. Most small religious institutions do not have accreditation.

Public and established private institutions[edit]

School Location(s)[6] Control Type[7] Accreditation Founded Enrollment[8]
Appalachian School of Law Grundy Private Special focus ABA 1994 313
Averett University[9] Danville Private Master's university SACS 1859 2761
Bluefield College Bluefield Private
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate college SACS 1922 696
Blue Ridge Community College Weyers Cave Public Associate's college SACS 1967 4983
Bridgewater College Bridgewater Private
(Brethren)
Baccalaureate college SACS 1880 1688
Central Virginia Community College Lynchburg Public Associate's college SACS 1966 5466
Christendom College Front Royal Private
(Catholic)
Uncategorized SACS 1977 456
Christopher Newport University Newport News Public Master's university SACS 1960 4916
College of William and Mary Williamsburg Public Research university SACS 1693 8000
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Clifton Forge Public Associate's college SACS 1964 1531
Danville Community College Danville Public Associate's college SACS 1936 4534
Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg Private
(Mennonite)
Baccalaureate college SACS 1917 1537
Eastern Shore Community College Melfa Public Associate's college SACS 1971 1052
Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk Public / Private Special focus SACS 1973 790
ECPI University Multiple[10] Private Baccalaureate college SACS 1966 12,764
Emory and Henry College Emory Private
(Methodist)
Baccalaureate college SACS 1836 980
Ferrum College Ferrum Private
(Methodist)
Baccalaureate college SACS 1919 1484
George Mason University Fairfax Public Research university SACS 1957 32,562
George Washington University Multiple[10] Private Research university MSCHE 1821 Unknown
Germanna Community College Locust Grove Public Associate's college SACS 1970 7582
Hampden-Sydney College Hampden Sydney Private Baccalaureate college SACS 1775 1058
Hampton University Hampton Private Master's university SACS 1868 5254
Hollins University Roanoke Private Baccalaureate college SACS 1842 1024
Institute for the Psychological Sciences Arlington Private
(Catholic)
Special focus SACS 1997 73
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Richmond Public Associate's college SACS 1972 12,629
James Madison University Harrisonburg Public Master's university SACS 1908 18,971
Jefferson College of Health Sciences Roanoke Private Special focus SACS 1982 1032
John Tyler Community College Chester Public Associate's college SACS 1967 10,518
Liberty University Lynchburg Private
(Baptist)
Master's university SACS 1971 56,625
Longwood University Farmville Public Master's university SACS 1839 4831
Lord Fairfax Community College Middletown Public Associate's college SACS 1970 7005
Lynchburg College Lynchburg Private
(Disciples)
Master's university SACS 1903 2643
Marine Corps University[11] Quantico Public Uncategorized SACS 1989 Unknown
Mary Baldwin College Staunton Private Master's university SACS 1842 1849
Marymount University Arlington Private
(Catholic)
Master's university SACS 1950 3572
Mountain Empire Community College Big Stone Gap Public Associate's college SACS 1972 3404
National College Multiple[10] Private Associate's college ACICS 1886 2976
New River Community College Dublin Public Associate's college SACS 1959 5178
Norfolk State University Norfolk Public Master's university SACS 1935 6964
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Public Associate's college SACS 1964 48,996
Old Dominion University Norfolk Public Research university SACS 1930 24,466
Patrick Henry Community College Martinsville Public Associate's college SACS 1962 3289
Paul D. Camp Community College Franklin Public Associate's college SACS 1970 1656
Piedmont Virginia Community College Charlottesville Public Associate's college SACS 1972 5551
Radford University Radford Public Master's university SACS 1910 9007
Randolph-Macon College Ashland Private Baccalaureate college SACS 1830 1222
Randolph College Lynchburg Private Baccalaureate college SACS 1891 524
Rappahannock Community College Glenns Public Associate's college SACS 1969 3757
Regent University Virginia Beach Private
(Christian)
Doctoral Universities SACS 1978 5217
Richard Bland College Petersburg Public Associate's college SACS 1960 1587
Roanoke College Salem Private
(Lutheran)
Baccalaureate college SACS 1842 2104
Shenandoah University Winchester Private
(Methodist)
Master's university SACS 1875 3679
Southside Virginia Community College Alberta Public Associate's college SACS 1970 6353
Southwest Virginia Community College Richlands Public Associate's college SACS 1968 3755
Stratford University Multiple[10] Private Master's university ACICS 1976 1385
Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar Private Baccalaureate college SACS 1901 760
Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton Public Associate's college SACS 1968 11,086
Tidewater Community College Norfolk Public Associate's college SACS 1968 31,808
Union Presbyterian Seminary Richmond Private
(Presbyterian)
Special focus ATS 1896 273
University of Management and Technology Arlington Private Baccalaureate college DETC 1998 Unknown
University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg Public Master's university SACS 1908 5203
University of Richmond Richmond Private Baccalaureate college SACS 1830 4405
University of Virginia Charlottesville Public Research university SACS 1819 24,391
University of Virginia's College at Wise Wise Public Baccalaureate college SACS 1954 1990
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond Public Research university SACS 1838 32,027
Virginia Highlands Community College Abingdon Public Associate's college SACS 1969 2948
Virginia Intermont College Bristol Private
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate college SACS 1884 586
Virginia Military Institute Lexington Public Baccalaureate college SACS 1839 1569
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Blacksburg Public Research university SACS 1872 31,006
Virginia–Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Blacksburg Public Uncategorized SACS 1978 Unknown
Virginia State University Petersburg Public Master's university SACS 1882 5634
Virginia Union University Richmond Private
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate college SACS 1865 1667
Virginia Wesleyan College Norfolk Private
(Methodist)
Baccalaureate college SACS 1961 1279
Virginia Western Community College Roanoke Public Associate's college SACS 1966 8778
Washington and Lee University Lexington Private Baccalaureate college SACS 1749 2173
Wytheville Community College Wytheville Public Associate's college SACS 1963 4068

Private and out-of-state institutions[edit]

School Location(s)[6] Control Type[7] Accreditation Founded Enrollment[8]
ACT College Arlington Private Uncategorized ABHES 1983 401
Advanced Institute of Technology[12] Virginia Beach Private Uncategorized ACCSC Unknown 1040
American College of Commerce and Technology[13] Falls Church Private Uncategorized none 2010 100
American Digital University[14] Sterling Private Uncategorized none Unknown Unknown
American Public University System Manassas[15] Private Master's university HLC Unknown Unknown
Appalachian College of Pharmacy Oakwood Private Special focus ACPE[16] 2003 207
Argosy University Arlington Private Special focus HLC Unknown 1277
The Art Institutes[17] Multiple[10] Private Uncategorized SACS Unknown 2660
Aviation Institute of Maintenance[18][17] Multiple[10] Private Associate's college ACCSC Unknown 509
Bethel College[19] Hampton Private Uncategorized none Unknown 76
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing[20] Richmond Private Uncategorized none Unknown Unknown
Boston University Metropolitan College Arlington Private
(Methodist)
Research university NEASC Unknown Unknown
Bryant & Stratton College[17] Multiple[10] Private Baccalaureate college MSCHE 1854 1852
California University of Management and Sciences, Virginia Falls Church Private Uncategorized ACICS Unknown Unknown
Cambridge College Chesapeake Private Master's university NEASC Unknown Unknown
Catholic Distance University Hamilton Private
(Catholic)
Uncategorized DETC 1983 Unknown
Catholic University of America Arlington Private
(Catholic)
Research university MSCHE Unknown Unknown
Central Michigan University Multiple[10] Public Research university HLC Unknown Unknown
Central Texas College Fort Lee Public Associate's college SACS Unknown Unknown
Centura College[21][17] Multiple[10] Private Career College ACCSC Unknown 1927
Chamberlain College of Nursing Arlington Private Special focus HLC 1889 Unknown
Columbia College[22] Fairfax Private Associate's college COE 1999 310
DeVry University Multiple[10] Private Master's university HLC Unknown 1868
Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine Blacksburg Private Special focus COCA 2002 759
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Norfolk Private Master's university SACS Unknown Unknown
Everest College[17] Multiple[10] Private Associate's college ACICS Unknown 2251
Florida Institute of Technology Multiple[10] Private Uncategorized SACS Unknown Unknown
Fortis College[17] Multiple[10] Private Associate's college ACICS Unknown 942
Geneva College Falls Church Private
(Presbyterian)
Baccalaureate college MSCHE Unknown Unknown
Georgetown University Arlington Private Research university MSCHE Unknown Unknown
Global Health College[23] Alexandria Private Associate's college none Unknown 276
Heritage Institute Manassas Private Associate's college ABHES Unknown Unknown
HyperLearning Technologies, Inc.[24] Virginia Beach Private Uncategorized none Unknown Unknown
iGlobal University[25] Annandale Private Uncategorized ACICS Unknown
International College of Naturopathic Medicine Annandale Private Uncategorized none Unknown Unknown
International College of Washington[26] Annandale Private Uncategorized none Unknown Unknown
ITT Technical Institute[17] Multiple[10] Private Baccalaureate college ACICS Unknown 3967
Johns Hopkins University Arlington Private Research university MSCHE Unknown Unknown
Kaplan College Chesapeake Private Associate's college ACICS Unknown Unknown
Kings Park University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine[27] Cedar Bluff Private Uncategorized none Unknown Unknown
Life Pacific College Christiansburg Private
(Pentecostal)
Special focus WASC-ACCJC Unknown Unknown
Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling Richlands Private
(Methodist)
Uncategorized SACS Unknown Unknown
Medtech Institute Falls Church Private Uncategorized COE Unknown Unknown
Mercyhurst College McLean Private
(Catholic)
Master's university MSCHE Unknown Unknown
Miller-Motte Technical College Lynchburg Private Associate's college ACICS Unknown 464
Missouri State University Fairfax Public Master's university HLC Unknown Unknown
The National Graduate School[28] Arlington Private Uncategorized NEASC Unknown Unknown
National Massage Therapy Institute[29] Falls Church Private Uncategorized ABHES Unknown Unknown
Nova Southeastern University Roanoke Private Research university SACS Unknown Unknown
Park University Multiple[10] Private Master's university HLC Unknown Unknown
Patrick Henry College[30] Purcellville Private
(Christian)
Baccalaureate college TRACS 2000 325
Potomac College Herndon Private Baccalaureate college MSCHE Unknown 40
Reformed Theological Seminary McLean Private
(Christian)
Uncategorized ATS Unknown Unknown
Regis University Online-only Private
(Catholic)
Uncategorized HLC Unknown Unknown
Richmond School of Health and Technology[31] Multiple[10] Private Associate's college COE 1997 559
Saint Leo University Multiple[10] Private
(Catholic)
Master's university SACS Unknown Unknown
Saint Michael College of Allied Health[32] Alexandria Private Uncategorized none Unknown Unknown
Sanford-Brown College Vienna Private Baccalaureate college ACICS Unknown 744
Sentara College of Health Sciences Chesapeake Private Uncategorized ACICS Unknown Unknown
Skyline College[17] Roanoke Private Associate's college ACCSC Unknown 355
South Baylo University[33] Annandale Private Uncategorized none Unknown Unknown
South University[17] Multiple[10] Private Baccalaureate college SACS Unknown 536
Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College[34] Bristol Private Associate's college COE Unknown 98
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Virginia Beach Public Research university HLC Unknown Unknown
Southern Virginia University Buena Vista Private
Baccalaureate college AALE[35] 1867 777
Southside Regional Medical Center Professional Schools[36] Petersburg Private Uncategorized JRCERT Unknown Unknown
Strayer University Multiple[10] Private Master's university MSCHE Unknown 12,918
Troy University Norfolk Public Master's university SACS Unknown Unknown
University of Fairfax Vienna Private Uncategorized DETC 2002 Unknown
University of Maryland University College Fort Belvoir Public Research university MSCHE Unknown Unknown
University of North America[37] Vienna Private Uncategorized ACICS 2008 310
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Leesburg Public Research university SACS Unknown Unknown
University of Northern Virginia Annandale Private Uncategorized none[38] 1998 Unknown
The University of Oklahoma Arlington Public Uncategorized HLC Unknown Unknown
University of Phoenix Multiple[10] Private Special focus HLC Unknown 1172
Valley Forge Christian College Woodbridge Private
(Assemblies)
Baccalaureate college MSCHE Unknown Unknown
Virginia College[39] Richmond Private Uncategorized ACICS Unknown Unknown
Virginia International University Fairfax Private Uncategorized ACICS 1998 586
Virginia School of Massage[40] Charlottesville Private Uncategorized ACCSC Unknown Unknown
Virginia School of Nursing & Medical Institute[41] Springfield Private Uncategorized none Unknown Unknown
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Roanoke Public Uncategorized none 2010 Unknown
Virginia University of Lynchburg Lynchburg Private Special focus TRACS 1886 555
Virginia University of Oriental Medicine[42] Fairfax Private Uncategorized none Unknown Unknown
Walden University Online-only Private Uncategorized HLC Unknown Unknown
Washington Baptist University[43] Annandale Private
(Baptist)
Uncategorized none Unknown Unknown
Webster University Fort Belvoir Private Uncategorized HLC Unknown Unknown
Westwood College Of Technology[17] Multiple[10] Private Baccalaureate / Associate's college ACICS 1953 1043
World College Virginia Beach Private Uncategorized DETC 1992 Unknown
William Samson University[44] Alexandria Private Doctoral university None 2012 Unknown

Primarily religious institutions[edit]

School Location(s)[6] Control Type[7] Accreditation Founded Enrollment[8]
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond Richmond Private Special focus none 1991 Unknown
Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary (Springfield Extension) Springfield Private Uncategorized none 1958 Unknown
Cordoba University Ashburn Private
(Islamic)
Uncategorized none Unknown Unknown
Hartland College Rapidan Private Uncategorized none 1983 Unknown
John Leland Center for Theological Studies Falls Church Private Uncategorized none 1998 Unknown
Virginia Theological Seminary Alexandria Private Uncategorized none 1818 Unknown
William Samson University[44] Alexandria Private Doctoral university None 2012 Unknown

Defunct institutions[edit]

Stratford College was an all female college in Danville, Virginia. Founded in 1854 as Danville Female College. Later was called Randolph Macon School for Girls. In 1904 It became Stratford College. It was a junior college. Later it became a four year college, but closed due to financial problems in 1974.

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. "Public Colleges & Universities Authorized to Operate in Virginia". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  2. ^ State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. "Private Institutions exempt from certification". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  3. ^ State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. "Explanation of Certification". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  4. ^ State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. "Private & Out-of-State Colleges & Universities Certified to Operate in Virginia". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  5. ^ State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. "Private Institutions that Confer Religious Degrees". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  6. ^ a b c Primary campus for Virginia-based institutions.
  7. ^ a b c School types are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. "Uncategorized" indicates they are not listed by Carnegie.
  8. ^ a b c Enrollment as of 2009; data is from IPEDS unless otherwise noted.
  9. ^ Averett University's non-traditional programs are listed separately in IPEDS; enrollment numbers are combined here.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u SCHEV lists multiple locations.
  11. ^ Not supervised by SCHEV. [1]
  12. ^ "Advanced Technology Institute". Auto.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  13. ^ "ACCT: American College of Commerce and Technology". Acct2day.org. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  14. ^ "ACCT: American College of Commerce and Technology". Acct2day.org. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  15. ^ APUS is an online university. The Manassas office is administrative.
  16. ^ SACS accreditation is being sought; see article.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j IPEDS lists multiple locations in Virginia; enrollment numbers are combined here.
  18. ^ "Aviation Institute Of Maintenance". Aviationmaintenance.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  19. ^ "Home". Bethel-college.com. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  20. ^ "Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing". Bsmcon.edu. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  21. ^ "Centura College Career School". Centuracollege.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  22. ^ "Columbia College Washington D.C". Ccdc.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  23. ^ "Welcome to Global Health College! - Global Health College | Global Health College". Ghnts.com. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  24. ^ "Computer training and certification center in Virginia Beach - Hyperlearning Technologies". Hyperlearn.com. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  25. ^ "iGlobal University". iGlobal University. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  26. ^ "International College of Washington". Intcw.com. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  27. ^ "Kings Park University | School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine". Kpu.us. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  28. ^ "NGS | The National Graduate School of Quality Management | National Graduate School". Ngs.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  29. ^ "Massage Therapy Training | School of Massage Therapy | NMTI". Studymassage.com. 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  30. ^ "Patrick Henry College Essentials". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  31. ^ "Home". Rsht.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  32. ^ "index". Stmichaelcollegeva.us. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  33. ^ http://www.southbaylo.edu/
  34. ^ "Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College". Southeastculinary.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  35. ^ SCHEV lists the school as "non-accredited."
  36. ^ "srmconline.org". srmconline.org. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  37. ^ "University of North America". Uona.edu. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  38. ^ SCHEV has issued a warning about this school. [2]
  39. ^ "Associate Degree, College Degrees - Virginia College". Vc.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  40. ^ http://www.vasom.com/
  41. ^ http://www.vsnmi.com/
  42. ^ http://www.vuom.org/
  43. ^ http://www.wbcs.edu/
  44. ^ a b "William Samson University". Retrieved 2012-01-17.  | url = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Samson_University