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Colleges in Virginia

Whether you want a big, traditional university experience, or a cozy, small college setting, start your college search in Virginia. There are 79 colleges in Virginia, 40 public and 38 private, offering a wide range of programs and majors. Virginia has both small schools (defined as less than 2000 students) and "very large" ones (10,000 or more students) and everything in between, including community colleges, in urban and rural environments.


One of the most important things to consider is the type of community you want to be a part of. If you're interested in a bigger school, George Mason University, located in Fairfax, may be right for you. George Mason is home to about 30,000 students, categorizing it as a very large Virginia college. Still, George Mason students enjoy small class sizes and accommodating professors. Students also boast that it's an extremely diverse institution, and that they are exposed to cultures from all over the world during their time at GMU. Notable alumni include Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush.


The University of Virginia (UVA) is another large Virginia college and is located in Charlottesville. It is home to about 24,500 students and offers a very welcoming environment as well as an excellent education. Students at UVA claim that there is room for every type of student, and that everyone can find a niche. In addition, the UVA education is strong and well-balanced. Most students at UVA find their classes challenging but engaging. Charlottesville is also a great town to live in, offering a number of restaurants, malls, and even an apple orchard. It's one of the original eight "Public Ivies," a distinction coined in 1985 bestowed to universities that provide an Ivy League experience at a public school price. Notable UVA alumni include former U.S. Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy and former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.


Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar is a women's college made up of only about 830 students. If you're looking for a smaller college experience, Sweet Briar may be the Virginia college for you. Boasting a high teacher-student ratio and a number of time-honored traditions, Sweet Briar College stands behind its motto "Think is for girls." Students at Sweet Briar also remark that theirs is a very accepting and diverse academic environment. Notable Sweet Briar alumnae include author Mary Lee Setter, and Sarah Porter Boehlmer, the first female Executive Vice President of the New York Stock Exchange.


Other Virginia colleges include Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, University of Richmond, James Madison University in Harrisonburg, and many, many more.


Cappex has tons of resources for students considering a college in Virginia, including plenty of ways to help you find and apply for scholarships. Begin by browsing the complete list of colleges and universities below.


Colleges in Virginia

School Scholarships Available
Appalachian College of Pharmacy No scholarships
Appalachian School of Law No scholarships
Averett University 15 scholarships
Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs No scholarships
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond No scholarships
Bethel College No scholarships
Blue Ridge Community College - Virginia No scholarships
Bluefield College 9 scholarships
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing No scholarships
Bridgewater College 4 scholarships
Central Virginia Community College No scholarships
Christopher Newport University 117 scholarships
College of William & Mary 31 scholarships
Dabney S Lancaster Community College No scholarships
Danville Community College No scholarships
Eastern Mennonite University 8 scholarships
Eastern Shore Community College No scholarships
Eastern Virginia Medical School No scholarships
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine No scholarships
Emory & Henry College 10 scholarships
Ferrum College 4 scholarships
George Mason University 19 scholarships
Germanna Community College No scholarships
Hampden-Sydney College 6 scholarships
Hampton University 4 scholarships
Hollins University 11 scholarships
Institute for the Psychological Sciences No scholarships
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College No scholarships
James Madison University 203 scholarships
Jefferson College of Health Sciences 23 scholarships
John Tyler Community College No scholarships
Liberty University 37 scholarships
Longwood University 73 scholarships
Lord Fairfax Community College No scholarships
Lynchburg College 8 scholarships
Mary Baldwin College No scholarships
Marymount University 12 scholarships
Mountain Empire Community College No scholarships
New River Community College No scholarships
Norfolk State University 141 scholarships
Northern Virginia Community College No scholarships
Old Dominion University 180 scholarships
Patrick Henry College 19 scholarships
Patrick Henry Community College 15 scholarships
Paul D Camp Community College No scholarships
Piedmont Virginia Community College No scholarships
Radford University 39 scholarships
Randolph College 2 scholarships
Randolph-Macon College 11 scholarships
Rappahannock Community College No scholarships
Regent University No scholarships
Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary No scholarships
Roanoke College 7 scholarships
Saint Paul's College 8 scholarships
Sentara College of Health Sciences No scholarships
Shenandoah University 7 scholarships
Southern Virginia University 9 scholarships
Southside Virginia Community College No scholarships
Southwest Virginia Community College No scholarships
Sweet Briar College 8 scholarships
The University of Virginia's College at Wise 1 scholarships
Thomas Nelson Community College No scholarships
Tidewater Community College No scholarships
Union Presbyterian Seminary No scholarships
University of Mary Washington 13 scholarships
University of Richmond 7 scholarships
University of Virginia-Main Campus 6 scholarships
Virginia Commonwealth University 105 scholarships
Virginia Highlands Community College No scholarships
Virginia Intermont College 9 scholarships
Virginia Military Institute 83 scholarships
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 514 scholarships
Virginia State University 8 scholarships
Virginia Union University 2 scholarships
Virginia University of Lynchburg No scholarships
Virginia Wesleyan College 2 scholarships
Virginia Western Community College No scholarships
Washington and Lee University 14 scholarships
Wytheville Community College No scholarships