Virginia has a wide variety of colleges and higher education facilities. The following guide includes information about Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities, community colleges and more.
Public Colleges and UniversitiesCollege of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia (757)221-4000
Approx. Enrollment: 5800 undergrad, 2000 grad
The prestigious college is the second oldest in the nation and also a cutting-edge research university. The scenic 1,200 acre campus is located in historic downtown Williamsburg.
George Mason University
4400 University Dr Fairfax, Virginia 22030 (703) 993-1000
Approx. Enrollment: 18,500 undergrad, 11,000 grad
The university offers more than 100 degree programs. The main campus is located in Fairfax in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, DC. Additional campuses are located in Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William and the United Arab Emirates. Most students commute to George Mason, so there’s not a lot of campus life.
James Madison University
800 South Main St. Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807 (540)568-6211
Approx. Enrollment: 16,400 undergrad, 1200 grad
JMU offers 62 undergraduate major programs, including a top-ranked business program. The college has a beautiful campus located in the center of the Shenandoah Valley.
201 High Street, Farmville, Virginia 23909 (434) 395-2000
Approx. Enrollment: 4000 undergrad, 700 grad
Located in central Virginia, Longwood offers classes in more than 100 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations.
Norfolk State University
700 Park Ave Norfolk, VA 23504 (757) 823-8600
Approx. Enrollment: 5400 undergrad, 1700 grad
Norfolk University is a public, urban comprehensive University and is proud to be one of the largest predominantly black colleges in the country.
Old Dominion University
5115 Hampton Blvd Norfolk, VA 23529 (757) 683–3000
Approx. Enrollment: 14,400 undergrad, 6,000 grad
The 188 acre campus is located in historic Norfolk in a metropolitan setting. There is a diverse student body and a wide variety of academic programs.
East Main Street Radford, VA 24141 (540) 831-5000
Approx. Enrollment: 8350 undergrad, 1000 grad
Nestled in the New River Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, (in Southwest Virginia) this mid-size college offers 153 undergraduate and graduate programs.
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Ave Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (540) 654-1000
Approx. Enrollment: 4100 undergrad, 600 grad
Located an hour south of Washington, DC, the college is known for outstanding undergraduate liberal arts programs and graduate programs in education, business, and technology.
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 (804) 982-3200
Approx. Enrollment: 14,000 undegrad, 9,000 grad
U Va is ranked as one of the top public schools in the country. It is made up of ten schools in Charlottesville, plus the College at Wise in southwest Virginia. The University of Virginia Health System is a nationally renowned academic medical center.
Virginia Commonwealth University
910 W Franklin St Richmond, Virginia 23284 (804) 828 – 0100
Approx. Enrollment: 19,000 undergrad, 9,300 grad
This is the largest university in Virginia and it is composed of two downtown campuses in Richmond. The college offers an extensive selection of academic programs, undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The VCU Medical Center is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, Virginia (540)464-7207
Approx. Enrollment: 1300
VMI provides military training and four-year degree programs in engineering, science, liberal arts, and social sciences.
Virginia State University
One Hayden Street Petersburg, Virginia 23806 (804) 524 – 5000
Approx. Enrollment: 4170 undergrad, 700 grad
The college was the first fully state supported, four-year institution of higher learning for Blacks in America. The 236 acre campus is centrally located about two hours south of Washington, DC, north of the North Carolina Triangle, west of the Blue Ridge Mountains east of the Atlantic Ocean.
Blacksburg, Virginia (540) 231–6000
Approx. Enrollment: 21,300 undergrad, 4,300grad
Officially named Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is known for strong academics and research programs. The university’s undergraduate academic colleges include: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture and Urban Studies, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Natural Resources, Pamplin College of Business, and Science. The university offers master's and doctoral degree programs through the Graduate School and a professional degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
See Private Colleges in Virginia on Pages 2 and 3
See Community Colleges in Virginia on Page 4