Higher Education System Overview
Virginia Colleges and Universities
Four-Year Public Institutions
- Christopher Newport University
- College of William and Mary
- George Mason University
- James Madison University
- Longwood University
- Norfolk State University
- Old Dominion University
- Radford University
- University of Mary Washington
- University of Virginia
- UVa’s College at Wise
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Virginia Military Institute
- Virginia State University
- Virginia Tech
Two-Year Public Institutions
- Richard Bland College (transfer-oriented junior college)
- Virginia Community College System (23 colleges on 40 campuses operating as one system)
Other Institutions in the Commonwealth
- EVMS (public-private freestanding medical school)
- Regional higher-education centers/institutes (5)
- Private, non-profit institutions (107)
- Private, for-profit institutions (72)
- Out-of-state public institutions (19)
- Vocational (non-degree) institutions (131)
Students at Public Institutions
- 86% of public institutions’ students are Virginians.
- Four-year institutions: 78% in-state.
- Community college system: 96% in-state.
- 58% of public institutions’ students attend full-time.
- Four-year institutions: 82% full-time.
- Community college system: 34% full-time.
- 89% of public institutions’ students are undergrads.
- Four-year institutions: 79% undergraduate.
- 74% of public four-year institutions’ undergraduate students complete a degree within six years.
- 32% of public two-year institutions’ students complete a degree within three years.
Degrees and Certificates Awarded by Public Institutions in 2015-16
- 14,815 Certificates at various levels
- 19,017 Associate’s degrees
- 38,012 Bachelor’s degrees
- 10,877 Master’s degrees
- 1,842 Doctoral degrees
- 1,365 Professional degrees
Virginia Higher Education Budget
Over $8 billion is spent per year in Virginia higher education (including both general and nongeneral funds).
- Approximately $4.7 billion is spent within Educational and General (E&G) programs
- Nearly $387 million is provided for Student Financial Aid
- Approximately $1.7 billion is spent on Auxiliary Enterprise
- Approximately $1.4 billion is spent on Sponsored Research