A large number of Virginians were enrolled in college at some point in their lives but had to take time off from their academic pursuits for personal, financial, or professional reasons. The State Council of Higher Education has researched the availability of programs at Virginia public and private colleges designed for such persons who desire to return to college and complete their baccalaureate degree requirements. You are invited to find out more about them through the links provided in this webpage. Unlike traditional college programs, these programs emphasize flexibility to facilitate the working adult’s ability to earn a degree. They typically offer conveniently scheduled classes and/or accelerated terms and they may also grant credit for a variety of past school or work experience. Financial aid may be available.
To read a brief description of each institution’s program, click on All Institutions offering Degree Completion Programs. To learn more about a particular program, click on the institution name and you will be taken directly to its webpage.
Perhaps you already have a good idea of what type of program will fit your needs. Use the other headings to the right to search for only programs that meet specific criteria. Search by region to find a campus close to where you live or work. If you need weekend and evening classes, or an online format, you can pull up only institutions with such offerings. Members of the military may want to use the specific search function for programs certified by the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges. There is also a list of degree programs for occupations that are in great demand in Virginia - nursing, engineering, information technology, and business.
Other Important Resources for Adults Seeking Postsecondary Education
Higher Education CentersVirginia has four Higher Education Centers which are convenient for students who prefer to stay within their region to pursue a degree. The centers offer access to bachelor's degree completion programs, master's degrees, teacher endorsement programs, teacher recertification courses, and more through partnerships with colleges and universities. They are located in the following areas:
- Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center – Abingdon
- Southern Virginia Higher Education Center - South Boston
- The New College Institute - Martinsville
- Roanoke Higher Education Center - Roanoke
Virginia’s Community CollegesPerhaps you are not ready for a baccalaureate degree and are just getting started in your pursuit of higher education. An associate degree program at one of Virginia’s Community Colleges may be an excellent option. The Virginia Education Wizard offers a unique, interactive tool for selecting educational and career pathways.