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Virginia is home to several notable sectors – federal agencies in the north, with the headquarters of the Department of Defense and CIA; agriculture in the Shenandoah Valley; and, with more than 170 colleges and universities located throughout the state, higher education. Notable public schools include the state’s largest, George Mason University, with more than 32,000 students; the University of Virginia; the College of William & Mary; Virginia Commonwealth University; and James Madison University. There are also 23 community colleges in Virginia serving more than 260,000 students and nearly 130 private institutions in the state, including the University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University.

For students interested in distance learning, there are both public and private online colleges in Virginia. Through the Electronic Campus of Virginia, you can peruse the offerings across the state, searching by school and subject. Because distance learning can require more self-discipline taking a course on your own time, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia advises applicants to consult a course instructor before enrolling. We also recommend ensuring that programs you apply to are accredited.

Certificates

Associate's

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctor's

Argosy University-Washington D.C.
1550 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 600, Arlington, Virginia 22209
(703) 526-5800

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Averett University
420 W Main St
Danville, Virginia 24541
(434) 791-5600

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
3400 Brook Road
Richmond, Virginia 23227-4536
(804) 355-8135

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Blue Ridge Community College
1 College Lane
Weyers Cave, Virginia 24486-0080
(540) 234-9261

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Bluefield College
3000 College Dr
Bluefield, Virginia 24605
(276) 326-3682

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Bryant and Stratton College-Richmond
8141 Hull St Rd
Richmond, Virginia 23235
(804) 745-2444

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
Central Virginia Community College
3506 Wards Rd
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502-2498
(434) 832-7600

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Centura College
2697 Dean Drive
Ste 100, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452-7431
(757) 340-2121

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology
Dabney S Lancaster Community College
1000 Dabney Drive
Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422-1000
(540) 863-2815

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Danville Community College
1008 S Main St
Danville, Virginia 24541-4004
(434) 797-2222

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
DeVry University-Virginia
2450 Crystal Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22202-3843
(703) 414-4000

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Rd
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802-2462
(540) 432-4000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Eastern Shore Community College
29300 Lankford Hwy
Melfa, Virginia 23410
(757) 789-1789

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Eastern Virginia Medical School
700w. Olney
Norfolk, Virginia 23507
(757) 446-8422

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Master's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
ECPI College of Technology
5555 Greenwich Rd Ste 300
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
(757) 671-7171

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Everest College-Arlington
801 N Quincy St-Ste 500
Arlington, Virginia 22203
(703) 248-8887

Type of School:

2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Everest College-McLean
1430 Spring Hill Rd Suite 200
McLean, Virginia 22102-3000
(703) 288-3131

Type of School:

2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
(703) 993-1000

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Germanna Community College
2130 Germanna Hwy
Locust Grove, Virginia 22508-2102
(540) 423-9030

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Hampton University
Hampton
Virginia 23668-0099
(757) 727-5000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
ITT Technical Institute-Chantilly
14420 Albemarle Point Pl
Ste100, Chantilly, Virginia 20151
(703) 263-2541

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
ITT Technical Institute-Norfolk
863 Glenrock Rd
Ste 100, Norfolk, Virginia 23502-3701
(757) 466-1260

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
ITT Technical Institute-Richmond
300 Gateway Centre Pky
Richmond, Virginia 23235-5139
(804) 330-4992

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
ITT Technical Institute-Springfield
7300 Boston Blvd
Springfield, Virginia 22153
(703) 440-9535

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
1651 E Parham Road
Richmond, Virginia 23228
(804) 371-3000

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
James Madison University
800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
(540) 568-6211

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
920 S Jefferson St
Roanoke, Virginia 24016
(888) 985-8483

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
John Tyler Community College
13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Chester, Virginia 23831-5316
(804) 796-4000

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Liberty University
1971 University Boulevard
Lynchburg, Va. 24502
(800) 543-5317

Type of School:

Private, 4-year

Programs Offered:

Accrediting Agency:

SACS-COC
Longwood University
201 High St
Farmville, Virginia 23909
(434) 395-2000

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Lord Fairfax Community College
173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown, Virginia 22645
(540) 868-7000

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Mary Baldwin College
New and Frederick St
Staunton, Virginia 24401
(540) 887-7000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
MedSpa Careers Institute
800 Moorefield Park Drive
Richmond, Virginia 23236
(804) 521-0400

Type of School:

2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Council on Occupational Education
Miller-Motte Technical College
1011 Creekside Lane
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502
(434) 239-5222

Type of School:

2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Mountain Empire Community College
3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219
(276) 523-2400

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
New River Community College
5251 College Drive
Dublin, Virginia 24084-1127
(540) 674-3600

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on College
Norfolk State University
700 Park Ave
Norfolk, Virginia 23504-8000
(757) 823-8600

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Northern Virginia Community College
4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd
Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796
(703) 323-3000

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Old Dominion University
5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, Virginia 23529
(757) 683-3000

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Patrick Henry Community College
645 Patriot Avenue
Martinsville, Virginia 24112-5311
(276) 656-0311

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Paul D Camp Community College
100 N College Dr
Franklin, Virginia 23851
(757) 569-6700

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Piedmont Virginia Community College
501 College Drive
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902-7589
(434) 977-3900

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Radford University
East Main Street
Radford, Virginia 24141-0672
(540) 831-5000

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Rappahannock Community College
12745 College Drive
Glenns, Virginia 23149-2616
(804) 758-6700

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Regent University
1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
757.352.4127

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Sentara School of Health Professions
1441 Crossways Blvd
Suite 105, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
(757) 388-2900

Type of School:

< 2-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
Shenandoah University
1460 University Dr
Winchester, Virginia 22601-5195
(540) 665-4500

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Skyline College
5234 Airport Rd
Roanoke, Virginia 24012
(540) 563-8000

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology
Southside Regional Medical Center
737 South Sycamore Street
Petersburg, Virginia 23803-5133
(804) 765-5800

Type of School:

2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
Southside Virginia Community College
109 Campus Dr
Alberta, Virginia 23821
(888) 220-7822

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Southwest Virginia Community College
369 College Road US Rt. 19
6 Miles S. Claypool Hill, Richlands, Virginia 24641-1101
(276) 964-2555

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Stratford University
7777 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, Virginia 22043-2403
(800) 444-0804

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Strayer University
P.O. Box 230970
Chantilly, Va. 20120
(888) 378-7293

Type of School:

Private, 4-year

Programs Offered:

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
1 College Avenue
Wise, Virginia 24293-4400
(276) 328-0100

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Thomas Nelson Community College
99 Thomas Nelson Drive
Hampton, Virginia 23666
(757) 825-2700

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Tidewater Community College
121 College Place
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 822-1122

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Ave
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401-5300
(540) 654-1000

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
University of Phoenix-Northern Virginia Campus
11730 Plaza America Drive
Suite 200, Reston, Virginia 20190-4742
(703) 376-6100

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org
University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, Virginia 23173
(804) 289-8000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
University of Virginia-Main Campus
Charlottesville
Virginia 22904
(434) 924-0311

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Virginia Highlands Community College
100 VHCC Drive
Abingdon, Virginia 24212-0828
(276) 739-2400

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg
Virginia 24061-0131
(540) 231-6000

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Virginia State University
One Hayden Drive
Petersburg, Virginia 23806
(804) 524-5000

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Virginia University of Lynchburg
2058 Garfield Ave
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
(434) 528-5276 x126

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission
Virginia Western Community College
3093 Colonial Ave
Roanoke, Virginia 24015
(540) 857-7311

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Westwood College-Annandale
7619 Little River Turnpike, Ste 500
Annandale, Virginia 22003
1-877-305-0049

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent
Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
Westwood College-Arlington Ballston
4420 North Fairfax Dr
Arlington, Virginia 22203
1-877-268-5278

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent
Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
64 James Anderson Road
Fishersville, Virginia 22939-1500
(540) 332-7265

Type of School:

< 2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Council on Occupational Education
Wytheville Community College
1000 E Main St
Wytheville, Virginia 24382-3308
(276) 223-4700

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges