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Top Colleges in Virginia

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: May 7th, 2024

Whether you’re looking for an education at UVA, one of America’s most prestigious public institutions, or a world-class liberal arts experience at William and Mary, Virginia colleges have something for everyone. And with one of the best statewide educational grants in the country, students can subsidize up to $5,000 per year in tuition. Check out the Virginia colleges below to find the right school for you.

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University of Virginia-Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA • Public, Suburb

Charlottesville, VA

Public, Suburb

21% acceptance rate
17,041 undergraduate students
94% graduation rate
$20,507 average per year after aid
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Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Lexington, VA

Private, Non-Profit, Town

19% acceptance rate
1,850 undergraduate students
94% graduation rate
$27,417 average per year after aid
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William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA • Public, Suburb

Williamsburg, VA

Public, Suburb

37% acceptance rate
6,521 undergraduate students
91% graduation rate
$18,650 average per year after aid
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA • Public, City

Blacksburg, VA

Public, City

56% acceptance rate
29,699 undergraduate students
87% graduation rate
$20,927 average per year after aid
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University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

University of Richmond, VA

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

29% acceptance rate
3,098 undergraduate students
89% graduation rate
$29,232 average per year after aid
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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA • Public, City

Harrisonburg, VA

Public, City

86% acceptance rate
19,743 undergraduate students
82% graduation rate
$22,431 average per year after aid
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Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA • Public, Town

Lexington, VA

Public, Town

64% acceptance rate
1,652 undergraduate students
74% graduation rate
$21,325 average per year after aid
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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA • Public, Suburb

Fairfax, VA

Public, Suburb

91% acceptance rate
26,339 undergraduate students
70% graduation rate
$18,581 average per year after aid
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Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA • Public, City

Newport News, VA

Public, City

89% acceptance rate
4,463 undergraduate students
75% graduation rate
$25,031 average per year after aid
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Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA • Public, City

Richmond, VA

Public, City

93% acceptance rate
20,918 undergraduate students
68% graduation rate
$18,904 average per year after aid
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University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA • Public, Suburb

Fredericksburg, VA

Public, Suburb

82% acceptance rate
3,624 undergraduate students
68% graduation rate
$22,547 average per year after aid
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Hampden-Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA • Private, Non-Profit, Rural

Hampden-Sydney, VA

Private, Non-Profit, Rural

37% acceptance rate
851 undergraduate students
65% graduation rate
$24,701 average per year after aid
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Longwood University

Farmville, VA • Public, Town

Farmville, VA

Public, Town

90% acceptance rate
3,200 undergraduate students
65% graduation rate
$18,974 average per year after aid
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Roanoke College

Salem, VA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Salem, VA

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

80% acceptance rate
1,837 undergraduate students
70% graduation rate
$27,541 average per year after aid
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Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Bridgewater, VA

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

75% acceptance rate
1,426 undergraduate students
62% graduation rate
$19,119 average per year after aid
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Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA • Private, Non-Profit, City

Virginia Beach, VA

Private, Non-Profit, City

41% acceptance rate
4,246 undergraduate students
62% graduation rate
$17,120 average per year after aid
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Marymount University

Arlington, VA • Private, Non-Profit, City

Arlington, VA

Private, Non-Profit, City

84% acceptance rate
1,891 undergraduate students
62% graduation rate
$26,300 average per year after aid
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Radford University

Radford, VA • Public, Suburb

Radford, VA

Public, Suburb

95% acceptance rate
6,437 undergraduate students
54% graduation rate
$16,605 average per year after aid
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Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA • Private, Non-Profit, City

Winchester, VA

Private, Non-Profit, City

74% acceptance rate
2,122 undergraduate students
64% graduation rate
$29,380 average per year after aid
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Randolph College

Lynchburg, VA • Private, Non-Profit, City

Lynchburg, VA

Private, Non-Profit, City

94% acceptance rate
475 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$21,985 average per year after aid
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