Colleges in Richmond

Colleges in Richmond

Richmond in the Commonwealth of Virginia is one of the oldest major cities in the states and, as such, played a hefty role in the Revolutionary War, including as the place where Founding Father Patrick Henry gave his “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech. With its early participation in the founding of the US and being home to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and 1 of 12 Federal Reserve Banks, it’s unsurprising that Richmond’s economy is largely driven by law, finance, and government. The city features 45 historic districts, with many also landing on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s also a hub for advertising companies, several fortune 500s, and an expanding biotechnology sector.

There are several colleges in the city, both public and private. When it comes to public options, Richmond offers J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, a part of the Virginia Community College System, as well as the Virginia Commonwealth University, a public research university that contributes to the city’s biotechnology, public policy, and health care. Private colleges include the Virginia Union University and the Union Presbyterian Seminary. The University of Virginia, while close to Richmond, is technically in unincorporated Ashland, 20 miles outside of the capital.  

Richmond provides extensive intercity public transport, with multiple runs to big-ticket areas like New York City and Washington, DC, however, the primary daily mode of transport is by vehicle. Local transit is limited, however there are two Amtrak stations.

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Formed by the merger of the Medical College of Virginia and the Richmond Professional Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University is a 4-year public institution in Richmond. VCU is home to 20 colleges and is the state’s only university to offer...

“… Like any college, it forces you to learn how to study, which is hard when there are so many distractions! Nothing is spoon-fed to you, but the professors are very accessible and whenever you feel like you need help, they are there to help. They...” – Kalyann from Gainesville, VA

Randolph-Macon College is a 4-year, liberal arts institution located in Ashland, Virginia. The 116-acre campus offers 34 majors and 35 minors, as well as special-interest housing, eleven national Greek houses, and a recreation center that features a...

“…I GIVE THE SCHOOL A TEN OUT OF TEN. I LOVE THE TEACHERS DEDICATION AND INSPIRATION GIVEN TO STUDENTS. THEY REMEMBERED ME EVERY TIME I COME ON CAMPUS!!!” – RAVEN from Hampton, VA

Founded in 1865, Virginia Union University is a private, historically black institution of higher education in Richmond, VA. VUU is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and the National Baptist Convention. The school offers a theology...

“…Most of the teachers are really helpful, and they try to make sure that you have everything you need to be successful in their classes. Since the classes are smaller, the teachers have the ability to know you on a personal level, and that helps when...” – DeJamine from Charlotte, NC

John Tyler Community College is a public, 2-year institution with campuses located in both Chester and Midlothian, Virginia, and a Nursing Education Center in Richmond. John Tyler offers over 60 associate degree and certificate programs, the majority...

“…I am in the Visual Communications program and I absolutely love it! The instructors challenge you to do your best, and work with you at your own pace so you can understand the assignment, even if you need tutoring. I'm working on assignments I've...” – Jennifer

Richard Bland College
South Prince George, VA

Richard Bland College is a selective, 2-year institution located in Prince George, Virginia. Students attending RBC have the choice between earning an Associate of Arts degree, or an Associate of Science in Behavioral Sciences, Business...

“…Richard Bland College is an amazing beginner step for individuals who are seeking to transfer to a 4 year institution. It well prepares you for the bigger and better scenes of an 4 year University. I am really glad that i had the chance of...” – Brianna from Colonial Heights, VA

Founded by the Presbyterian Church, Union Presbyterian Seminary is a Christian graduate school with campuses in Richmond and Charlotte providing an educational foundation for ministry. Union offers master’s degrees in Divinity, Christian Education,...