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Institutions Not Required to Certify

Pursuant to §23-276.4(C) of the Code of Virginia, institutions of higher education formed, chartered, or established in the Commonwealth of Virginia that have maintained a main campus under the same ownership for 20 years and have remained fully accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are not required to obtain a certificate to operate from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). These institutions can conduct academic affairs or business without seeking or obtaining SCHEV approval. The resulting scope of the institutional autonomy includes:

Private Institution Website Accredited by City
American National University - Salem ACICS See website for locations Proprietary
Appalachian School of Law ABA Grundy, VA Nonprofit
Atlantic University DETC See website for locations Nonprofit
Averett University - Danville SACS Danville, VA Nonprofit
Bluefield College SACS Bluefield, VA Nonprofit
Bridgewater College SACS Bridgewater, VA Nonprofit
Centura College - Alexandria ACCSC Manassas, VA Proprietary
Centura College - Chesapeake ACCSC Chesapeake, VA Proprietary
Centura College - Newport News ACCSC Newport News, VA Proprietary
Centura College - Norfolk ACCSC Norfolks, VA Proprietary
Centura College - Richmond ACCSC North Chesterfield, VA Proprietary
Centura College - Richmond West ACCSC Richmond, VA Proprietary
Centura College - Virginia Beach ACCSC Virginia Beach, VA Proprietary
Christendom College SACS Front Royal, VA Nonprofit
Divine Mercy University SACS Arlington, VA Nonprofit
Eastern Mennonite University SACS Harrisonburg, VA Nonprofit
ECPI University SACS See website for locations Proprietary
Emory and Henry College SACS Emory, VA Nonprofit
Ferrum College SACS Ferrum, VA Nonprofit
George Washington University MSCHE See website for locations Nonprofit
Hampden-Sydney College SACS Hampden-Sydney, VA Nonprofit
Hampton University SACS Hampton, VA Nonprofit
Hampton University -  Virginia Beach SACS Virginia Beach, VA Nonprofit
Hampton University - Roanoke Higher Education Center SACS Roanoke, VA Nonprofit
Hollins University SACS Roanoke, VA Nonprofit
Jefferson College of Health Sciences SACS Roanoke, VA Nonprofit
Liberty University SACS Lynchburg, VA Nonprofit
Lynchburg College SACS Lynchburg, VA Nonprofit
Mary Baldwin College - Staunton SACS Staunton, VA Nonprofit
Marymount University SACS Arlington, VA Nonprofit
Randolph-Macon College SACS Ashland, VA Nonprofit
Randolph College SACS Lynchburg, VA Nonprofit
Regent University SACS See website for locations Nonprofit
Roanoke College SACS Salem, VA Nonprofit
Shenandoah University -  Winchester SACS Winchester, VA Nonprofit
Skyline College ACCSC Roanoke, VA Proprietary
Stratford University ACICS See website for locations Proprietary
Sweet Briar College SACS Woodbridge, VA Nonprofit
Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education ATS Richmond, VA Nonprofit
University of Management and Technology DETC Arlington, VA Proprietary
University of Richmond SACS Richmond, VA Nonprofit
Virginia Union University SACS Richmond, VA Nonprofit
Virginia Wesleyan College SACS Norfolk, VA Nonprofit
Washington and Lee University SACS Lexington, VA Nonprofit