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 definitely goes by it's motto which is the Standard of Excellence. This University holds a plethora of opportunities. Any individual can succeed here.” – Naomi from Jamaica

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....

“…ODU is a great place if you are looking for diversity on campus, there are so many different people on campus that you can also learn more about the world outside of the the classroom. The teachers here are amazing they all have one goal in mind and...” – ASHLEY from Suffolk, 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...

“…Norfolk State University is low cost and has numerous programs to help students. It is located in a ghetto neighborhood but once you get on campus, you will be fine. As with any school, you get out of it what you put into it.” – NotSoStarvingStudent

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...

“…Regent University is an incredible university with a genuine faith filled atmosphere. The school's motto is Christian leadership to change the world. Come here to grow.” – Austin

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...

“…Tidewater Community College has a wonderful variety of programs that are just as diverse as the students who attend. TCC is military friendly and allows for a smooth educational process. From TCC you can go anywhere from, work or continuing on with...” – Celeste from Portsmouth, 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...

“…Thomas Nelson Community College is a great way to save money and get your general classes out of the way before transferring to a 4-year institution. The teachers are amazing and the students are humble. However, the staff in financial aid and...” – Matthew from Newport News, VA

Founded in 1966, ECPI University is a for-profit university with 16 locations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Texas. ECPI is home to six colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic majors. All students enroll in...

“…i have heard good reviews from past students, who had attended ecpi. an administrator from ecpi gave me a tour of the university and told me good things of the program have enrolled in. i am looking forward in graduating on 5/2013 as a certified...” – Jaritza from Kernersville, NC

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...

“…The campus is great. The environment you are in is great. The student body is great.” – Jeremiah from Montross, VA

Affiliated with the Assemblies of God, Bethel College is a 4-year Christian college in eastern Virginia dedicated to training students to become missionaries and church leaders. Bethel offers a bachelor’s degree, associate degree, and diploma in...

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...