Virginia Colleges and Universities

Colleges and Universities in Virginia

As a prospective college student, you want a school that provides a high quality education, access to career resources and an appealing on-campus experience. But your experiences off campus are just as important. So while you may be considering the more than 100 colleges and universities in Virginia, you should also consider the state's excellent quality of life. As home to the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, many miles of Atlantic shoreline, 35 state parks, 21 national parks and 119 national historic landmarks, there's plenty of outdoor recreation available: boating, cycling, fishing, hiking and exploring. And with urban areas ranging from bustling Richmond to scenic Virginia Beach and historic Williamsburg, there are plenty of fun places to go when the sun goes down. Plus, with a degree from one of the colleges in Virginia, you could be well-poised for a career; Virginia has the nation's highest concentration of high-tech workers and, as of 2012, is home to 24 Fortune 500 companies.

Beginning a career in Virginia with your new college degree

Virginia could be a prime destination for graduates who are educated in high-tech fields such as information technology or information systems. Some of its major employers include Computer Sciences Corporation, Electronic Data Systems Corporation, General Dynamics Information Technology and IBM Corporation. Additionally, manufacturing and aerospace are major employers, with companies such as Northrup Grumman and Lockheed Martin located there. The state's mid-Atlantic location also makes it a major transportation, trade and utilities hub. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2012), May 2011 mean annualwages for careers that employ high numbers of Virginians include:

    1. Computer support specialists: $55,520
    2. Computer systems analysts: $96,080
    3. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers: $57,180
    4. Human resources, training and labor relations specialists: $66,510
    5. Software developers, systems software: $111,480

    It could be hard to top Virginia when it comes to education, career opportunities and quality of life. Keep in mind that five of Virginia's cities, including Reston and Centreville, were ranked in CNNMoney Magazine's 2012 list of the 100 best places to live in the United States (CNNMoney, 2012).

    See also: Virginia Vocational Schools and Career Training

    Other Colleges & Universities in Virginia

    Averett University
    Danville; also Charlottesville, Martinsville, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Virginia www.averett.edu
    Blue Ridge Community College
    Weyers Cave, Virginia www.br.vccs.edu
    Bluefield College
    Bluefield, Virginia www.bluefield.edu
    Bridgewater College
    Bridgewater, Virginia www.bridgewater.edu
    Christopher Newport University
    Newport News, Virginia www.cnu.edu
    College of William and Mary
    Williamsburg, Virginia www.wm.edu
    Emory and Henry College
    Emory, Virginia www.ehc.edu
    George Mason University
    Fairfax, Virginia www.gmu.edu
    Hampden-Sydney College
    Hampden-Sydney, Virginia www.hsc.edu
    Huntington Junior College
    Huntington, West Virginia www.huntingtonjuniorcollege.edu
    Liberty University
    Lynchburg, Virginia www.liberty.edu
    Mary Baldwin College
    Staunton, Virginia www.mbc.edu
    Marymount University
    Arlington, Virginia www.marymount.edu
    Mountain Empire Community College
    Big Stone Gap, Virginia www.me.vccs.edu
    Old Dominion University
    Norfolk, Virginia www.odu.edu
    Piedmont Virginia Community College
    Charlottesville, Virginia www.pvcc.edu
    Randolph-Macon College
    Ashland, Virginia www.rmc.edu
    Roanoke College
    Roanoke, Virginia roanoke.edu
    Saint Paul's College
    Lawrenceville, Virginia www.saintpauls.edu
    Shenandoah University
    Winchester, Leesburg, Virginia www.su.edu
    Sweet Briar College
    Sweet Briar, Virginia www.sbc.edu
    University of Mary Washington
    Fredericksburg, Virginia www.umw.edu
    VCCS - Danville Community College
    Danville, Virginia www.dcc.vccs.edu
    VCCS - Germanna Community College
    Locust Grove, Fredericksburg, Virginia www.germanna.edu
    VCCS - John Tyler Community College
    Chester, Virginia www.jtcc.edu
    VCCS - New River Community College
    Dublin, Virginia http://www.nr.vccs.edu/
    VCCS - Patrick Henry Community College
    Martinsville, Virginia www.ph.vccs.edu
    VCCS - Thomas Nelson Community College
    Hampton, Virginia www.tncc.edu
    VCCS - Virginia Highlands Community College
    Abingdon, Virginia www.vhcc.edu
    VCCS - Wytheville Community College
    Wytheville, Virginia www.wcc.vccs.edu
    Virginia Intermont College
    Bristol, Virginia www.vic.edu
    Virginia Union University
    Richmond, Virginia www.vuu.edu
    Virginia Wesleyan College
    Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Virginia www.vwc.edu
    Washington and Lee University
    Lexington, Virginia www.wlu.edu
    Christendom College
    Front Royal
    Eastern Mennonite University
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Norfolk, Hampton Roads
    Ferrum College
    Ferrum, Virginia
    George Washington University - Virginia Campus:
    Hampton University
    Hollins University
    Institute of Textile Technology
    James Madison University
    Jefferson College of Health Sciences
    Longwood University
    Farmville, Virginia
    Lynchburg College
    Marine Corps University
    Quantico, Virginia
    National Defense University
    Norfolk, Fort Leslie J. McNair
    Norfolk State University
    Patrick Henry College
    Radford University
    Regent University
    Virginia Beach www.regent.edu
    Richard Bland College
    Southern Virginia University
    Buena Vista, Virginia
    University of Northern Virginia
    University of Richmond
    University of Virginia
    University of Virginia's College at Wise
    VCCS * Virginia Community Colleges System