Colleges in Virginia Beach

Colleges in Virginia Beach

An independent resort city in Virginia, Virginia Beach has miles and miles of beach front on Chesapeake Bay. A large portion of the Resort City’s economy comes from tourism, but Virginia Beach is also headquarters to a number of national and international corporations, advanced manufacturing, and locally owned businesses. There are only a few universities and colleges in the actual independent city of Virginia Beach, but there are several more in the area surrounding Neptune City.

Regent University, founded in 1977, serves more than 8,500 students. The private, Christian research university offers 132 areas of study for all levels of degrees, associate to doctoral. Atlantic University is the other higher education institution and is a special-focus graduate school. Associated with the Association for Research and Alignment (ARE), Atlantic University offers master’s degrees in Transpersonal Psychology and Mindful Leadership. For 2-year degrees, Tidewater Community College system serves more than 34,000 students with its largest campus in Virginia Beach. ECPI University is the one for-profit in the area and offers accelerated undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Both the University of Virginia and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University both host satellite centers in Virginia Beach. UVA is a public research institution with a main campus in Charlottesville that maintains the UVA School of Professional and Continuing Studies in Virginia Beach. Virginia Tech is also a public research institution and maintains the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, which  offers graduate programs and professional development options.

On the border of Virginia Beach, partially in Norfolk, is Virginia Wesleyan University, a liberal arts institution.Twenty minutes outside of Virginia Beach, in Norfolk, are both Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University. ODU is a public research institution and NSU is a public historically black university serving more than 5,000 students.

Virginia Beach is reliant on vehicles, but does offer bus service and a light rail. It has the longest bridge-tunnel complex in the world, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT), which connects Virginia Beach to Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The city is served by the Norfolk International Airport.

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Founded in 1868 after the Civil War to provide education to freedmen, Hampton University is an Historically Black College and University on the Virginia Peninsula. Hampton is home to eight undergraduate colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees and...

“…Hampton University is an extremely strict insitution, were freshman are given a curfew and have limited freedoms. This maybe in order to have control over the freshman class and have them focus on school work, but to those who are mature, this is a...” – Myles from Baltimore, MD

Old Dominion University is a 4-year public institution in Norfolk and a doctoral high research activity university. ODU hosts colleges of Arts & Letters, Business, Sciences, Education, Engineering, and Health Sciences as well as an Honors College....

“…the amount of diversity will almost insure that you can never feel out of place. the atmosphere around campus will make you want to come back to school. the academics will challenge you and bend your mind. ” – Zyiad from Falls Church, VA

Founded in 1935, Norfolk State University is a 4-year public school and Historically Black College and University in southeast Virginia. Norfolk State confers bachelor’s degrees in 31 academic majors and is the only school in the state to offer a...

“…This school is absolutely amazing! Not only are you able to branch out and learn so many things, but you also get to meet new people and make new friends. There are so many things you can do here.” – Sharice from Hampton, VA

Regent University is a private, non denominational evangelical institution based on the coast of Virginia Beach, VA. It is a military-friendly university with a “selective” admissions process. Many students choose to study communications, biblical...

“…I love Regent University! I am enjoying getting my undergraduate degree in Biblical and Theological Studies there! I get so much support from the faculty and the community there, it is great! ” – Kylee from Brentwood, CA

Tidewater Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of Virginia. The college maintains four campuses and a number of centers throughout the region in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and Suffolk. Academics...

“…tcc is a great starting point for continuing your education. there are many different classes and class schedules to fit your needs. tcc is constantly upgrading its facilities to keep up with other colleges and universities.” – Georgena from Norfolk, VA

Thomas Nelson Community College is a public, 2-year institution with campus locations in Hampton and Williamsburg, Virginia. TNCC offers over 100 academic and career-oriented programs, awarding associate’s degrees and certificates for college...

“…TNCC offers a wide range of associate degrees, throughout two campuses convenient to just about anyone living in this region. The professors take genuine interest in the success of their students, offering feedback and going above and beyond to teach...” – Rebecca from Suffolk, VA

“…When I was in my interview with the admissions administrator, they all were so welcoming! I never had anywhere else be that welcoming.” – Jonathan from Glen Allen, VA

With campus just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Wesleyan University is a liberal arts institution in coastal Virginia affiliated with the United Methodist Church. VWU grants undergraduate degrees in 36 academic majors and 30 minors. In...

“…Wide open spaces and beautiful scenery. Quiet study places, even a 24-hour study room. Many activities of all kinds made for anyone and everyone to join in.” – Ashley from Virginia Beach, VA

The Riverside College of Health Careers is a school of nursing and health science in the greater Norfolk area. In addition to training programs in Professional and Practical Nursing, Riverside offers academic concentrations in Radiologic and Surgical...

Virginia Beach Theological Seminary is a Christian graduate school in coastal Virginia dedicated to training students for local church ministry and mission work. VBTS offers master’s degrees in Biblical Studies, Divinity, Theology, and Chaplaincy as...

Established in 1999, Wave Leadership College is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Virginia Beach. WLC offers an Associate of Ministry degree program with five 12-credit professional development concentration options, as well as a BS...