Where to Start Looking for Virginia Colleges
Families looking for Virginia colleges should visit the Virginia Education Wizard which is a comprehensive college planning website. You will have to register to use many of its features. Under the College Planner section, users will find a college search option for both in state and out-of-state, links to test preparation, FAQs, and an academic calendar of all state community colleges. The website will also send email reminders if requested.
The cost calculator is limited to state community colleges. The scholarship and award estimator are also just for community colleges. The Transfer section lists existing transfer agreements and guaranteed admission agreements along with a transfer planner and information on the college transfer grant. This is one of the few websites that has information for students with disabilities.
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Students & Parents section provides a degree inventory for all 2 and 4 year programs in the state. It also includes a list of colleges and publications for student and parents. Under the Financial Aid section, students will find a useful table listing of types of undergraduate financial aid including information on the Academic Common Market.
The Opportunities: Preparing for College Guide and Workbook under the documents section is worth downloading. It’s a comprehensive 30 page document covering college admissions and financial aid. The transfer tool allows you to select specific courses and then select community colleges to see if the course would transfer from the school. This could be a good way to select a community college.
The I am the One website offers a few downloadable documents similar to those on the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Otherwise, almost all the resources are simply links to other sites such the Virginia Education Wizard and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
Some Numbers to Help You Find a College
Virginia has 40 four-year institutions with 500 or more full-time undergraduates. 25 are private not-for profit colleges and 15 public universities according to the Integrated Post-secondary Data System. Of the 208,804 students, 29% attend private colleges and 71% attend public universities.
The average four-year graduation rate for private colleges was 43% and the average five-year rate for public schools was 62.6%. A total of 15 Virginia colleges meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
The average SAT score for college-bound seniors in Virginia was 518 for Critical Reading and 516 for Math. The 75th percentile scores were 590 for Critical Reading and 590 for Math. A total 16 colleges had 75th percentile scores equal to or higher than the state in both categories.
The top 20 colleges SAT test takers applied to:
- James Madison University
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Virginia Tech
- George Mason University
- University of Virginia
- Old Dominion University
- Christopher Newport University
- College of William and Mary
- Radford University
- University of Mary Washington
- Longwood University
- Liberty University
- Bridgewater College
- Virginia State University
- University of Richmond
- Penn State University Park
- University of South Carolina: Columbia
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Lynchburg College
- West Virginia University
Virginia Colleges Conferences and Divisions
List of Virginia Colleges
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in September of 2015 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
Virginia Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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