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University of Virginia-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Charlottesville, VA ranked 45th in the nation. It has a total of 18,983 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 23.94% acceptance rate. University of Virginia-Main Campus offers 210 different majors and is best known for its Systems Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $14,836 for in-state students and $47,257 for those from out-of-state, University of Virginia-Main Campus is very high-priced. 88.79% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $61,200 per year, which is 47% over the national median.

Charlottesville, VA

https://www.virginia.edu

A+

Rating

24%

Acceptance

28,593

Students

#45

Ranking

$47,257

Tuition

Washington and Lee University is a small private liberal arts college located in Lexington, VA ranked 52nd in the United States. It has a total of 1,848 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 18.57% acceptance rate. Washington and Lee University offers 38 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Business Management, German Language and Literature, and Journalism programs (nationally ranked 1st, 6th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $53,730 per year, Washington and Lee University is extremely expensive. 87.97% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn roughly $76,100 per year, which is 83% greater than the national median.

Lexington, VA

www.wlu.edu/

A+

Rating

19%

Acceptance

2,243

Students

#52

Ranking

$53,730

Tuition

University of Richmond is a small private liberal arts college located in University of Richmond, VA ranked 73rd in the US. It has a total of 3,752 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting a tad below two out of every seven applicants. University of Richmond offers 85 different majors and is best known for its Medical Ethics, Legal Support Services, and Organizational Behavior Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,690 per year, University of Richmond is exceptionally expensive. 82.24% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make about $64,500 per year, which is 55% greater than the national median.

University of Richmond, VA

https://www.richmond.edu/

A+

Rating

28%

Acceptance

4,602

Students

#73

Ranking

$54,690

Tuition

William & Mary

#79 VIRGINIA

William & Mary is a mid-sized public university located in Williamsburg, VA ranked 79th in the United States. It has a total of 6,825 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 37.68% acceptance rate. William & Mary offers 68 different majors and is best known for its Chinese Studies, Health and Fitness, and Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics programs (nationally ranked 1st, 7th, and 10th respectively). With an annual tuition of $17,434 for in-state students and $40,089 for those from out-of-state, William & Mary is quite high-priced. 85.65% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn more or less $58,500 per year, which is 41% greater than the national median.

Williamsburg, VA

https://www.wm.edu

A+

Rating

38%

Acceptance

9,765

Students

#79

Ranking

$40,089

Tuition

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a very large public university located in Blacksburg, VA ranked 136th in the nation. It has a total of 28,939 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting roughly 7 out of every 10 applicants. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers 242 different majors and is best known for its Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Management Science programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,420 for in-state students and $29,960 for those from out-of-state, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is somewhat moderately expensive. 80.79% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take in more or less $62,500 per year, which is 50% greater than the national median.

Blacksburg, VA

WWW.VT.EDU

A

Rating

70%

Acceptance

36,882

Students

#136

Ranking

$29,960

Tuition

Virginia Military Institute is a small public liberal arts college located in Lexington, VA ranked 219th in the US. It has a total of 1,738 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 59.54% of applicants. Virginia Military Institute offers 14 different majors and is best known for its Foreign Languages and Literatures, Civil Engineering, and International Relations and Affairs programs (nationally ranked 7th, 19th, and 23rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,284 for in-state students and $36,128 for those from out-of-state, Virginia Military Institute is somewhat moderately expensive. 70.7% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in roughly $65,700 per year, which is 58% greater than the national median.

Lexington, VA

www.vmi.edu

A

Rating

60%

Acceptance

1,738

Students

#219

Ranking

$36,128

Tuition

James Madison University is a very large public college located in Harrisonburg, VA ranked 281st in the nation. It has a total of 21,829 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 76.75% of applicants. James Madison University offers 92 different majors and is best known for its Community Health Services, Speech-Language Pathology, and Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,250 for students from Virginia and $23,564 for those from out-of-state, James Madison University is reasonably pricey. 78.51% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw about $56,600 per year, which is 36% over the national median.

Harrisonburg, VA

www.jmu.edu/

A-

Rating

77%

Acceptance

24,152

Students

#281

Ranking

$23,564

Tuition

George Mason University is a very large public university located in Fairfax, VA ranked 285th in the nation. It has a total of 34,722 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 86.74% of applicants. George Mason University offers 272 different majors and is best known for its Rhetoric and Composition, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, and Health Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,060 for in-state students and $32,520 for those from out-of-state, George Mason University is reasonably expensive. 72.25% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw about $59,900 per year, which is 44% over the national median.

Fairfax, VA

https://www2.gmu.edu/

A-

Rating

87%

Acceptance

48,678

Students

#285

Ranking

$32,520

Tuition

Roanoke College

#367 VIRGINIA

Roanoke College is a small private liberal arts college located in Salem, VA ranked 9th in Virginia. It has a total of 2,103 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.8% of applicants. Roanoke College offers 36 different majors and is best known for its Interdisciplinary Studies, Physical Education, and Fitness Administration programs (nationally ranked 16th, 34th, and 41st respectively). With an annual tuition of $43,818 per year, Roanoke College is quite high-priced. 64.98% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make roughly $44,700 per year, which is 8% greater than the national median.

Salem, VA

https://www.roanoke.edu

B+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

2,103

Students

#367

Ranking

$43,818

Tuition

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing is a very small private university located in Richmond, VA ranked 10th in Virginia. It has a total of 546 full-time undergraduate students. Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing offers 1 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 16th in the nation. 82.65% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take in close to $61,100 per year, which is 47% over the national median.

Richmond, VA

www.bsmcon.edu

B+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

546

Students

#370

Ranking

$12,000

Tuition

Randolph-Macon College is a small private liberal arts college located in Ashland, VA ranked 11th in Virginia. It has a total of 1,521 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 70.89% acceptance rate. Randolph-Macon College offers 40 different majors and is best known for its Applied Physics and Business programs, which are respectively ranked 10th and 48th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $41,200 per year, Randolph-Macon College is quite costly. 62.96% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to draw more or less $49,100 per year, which is 18% greater than the national median.

Ashland, VA

www.rmc.edu

B

Rating

71%

Acceptance

1,521

Students

#447

Ranking

$41,200

Tuition

University of Mary Washington is a small public institution located in Fredericksburg, VA ranked 12th in Virginia. It has a total of 4,752 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.73% of applicants. University of Mary Washington offers 34 different majors and is best known for its Geography and Cartography, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Visual and Performing Arts programs (nationally ranked 12th, 20th, and 45th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,678 for in-state students and $25,104 for those from out-of-state, University of Mary Washington is reasonably pricey. 68.62% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home roughly $51,400 per year, which is 24% greater than the national median.

Fredericksburg, VA

www.umw.edu

B

Rating

75%

Acceptance

5,171

Students

#470

Ranking

$25,104

Tuition

Hampden-Sydney College is a very small private liberal arts college located in Hampden-Sydney, VA ranked 13th in Virginia. It has a total of 1,090 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 57.43% of applicants. Hampden-Sydney College offers 27 different majors and is best known for its Managerial Economics program, which is ranked 5th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $44,532 per year, Hampden-Sydney College is quite pricey. 54.42% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $52,200 per year, which is 26% greater than the national median.

Hampden-Sydney, VA

www.hsc.edu

B

Rating

57%

Acceptance

1,090

Students

#485

Ranking

$44,532

Tuition

Christopher Newport University is a small public liberal arts college located in Newport News, VA ranked 14th in Virginia. It has a total of 4,948 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 71.89% of applicants. Christopher Newport University offers 24 different majors and is best known for its Visual and Performing Arts and Foreign Languages and Literatures programs, which are respectively ranked 28th and 30th in America. With an annual tuition of $9,100 for in-state students and $21,566 for those from out-of-state, Christopher Newport University is somewhat moderately costly. 65.74% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to make around $46,900 per year, which is 13% greater than the national median.

Newport News, VA

cnu.edu/

B

Rating

72%

Acceptance

5,117

Students

#498

Ranking

$21,566

Tuition

University of Management and Technology is a very small for-profit university located in Arlington, VA ranked 15th in Virginia. It has a total of 966 full-time undergraduate students. University of Management and Technology offers 38 different majors and is best known for its Business Administration and Management, Homeland Security, and Industrial Management programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 7th, and 17th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,360 per year, University of Management and Technology is relatively affordable. 68.62% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment.

Arlington, VA

www.umtweb.edu

B

Rating

100%

Acceptance

1,897

Students

#529

Ranking

$9,360

Tuition

Shenandoah University is a small private institution located in Winchester, VA ranked 16th in Virginia. It has a total of 2,590 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.38% of applicants. Shenandoah University offers 115 different majors and is best known for its Music Therapy, Respiratory Care Therapy, and Musical Theatre programs (nationally ranked 7th, 14th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $31,890 per year, Shenandoah University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 63.34% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $45,800 per year, which is 10% greater than the national median.

Winchester, VA

www.su.edu

B-

Rating

74%

Acceptance

4,879

Students

#544

Ranking

$31,890

Tuition

Hampton University

#565 VIRGINIA

Hampton University is a small historically black private institution located in Hampton, VA ranked 17th in Virginia. It has a total of 4,097 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 36% of applicants. Hampton University offers 118 different majors and is best known for its Organizational Communication, Broadcast Journalism, and Speech-Language Pathology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 6th, and 15th respectively). With an annual tuition of $24,950 per year, Hampton University is somewhat moderately costly. 47.96% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After college, alumni go on to take in roughly $44,700 per year, which is 8% above the national median.

Hampton, VA

www.hamptonu.edu

B-

Rating

36%

Acceptance

4,802

Students

#565

Ranking

$24,950

Tuition

Virginia Commonwealth University is a very large public university located in Richmond, VA ranked 18th in Virginia. It has a total of 25,706 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 87.14% of applicants. Virginia Commonwealth University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Health Teacher Education, Sculpture, and Painting programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,094 for in-state students and $32,742 for those from out-of-state, Virginia Commonwealth University is reasonably costly. 60.91% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make approximately $44,000 per year, which is 6% above the national median.

Richmond, VA

https://www.vcu.edu/

B-

Rating

87%

Acceptance

33,462

Students

#580

Ranking

$32,742

Tuition

Eastern Mennonite University is a small private liberal arts college located in Harrisonburg, VA ranked 19th in Virginia. It has a total of 1,202 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 64.6% acceptance rate. Eastern Mennonite University offers 74 different majors and is best known for its Organizational Behavior Studies, Photography, and Human Resources programs (nationally ranked 12th, 31st, and 32nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $37,880 per year, Eastern Mennonite University is quite high-priced. 60% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make close to $40,300 per year, which is 3% less than the national median.

Harrisonburg, VA

https://emu.edu

B-

Rating

65%

Acceptance

1,866

Students

#598

Ranking

$37,880

Tuition

Radford University-Carilion is a small public college located in Roanoke, VA ranked 20th in Virginia. It has a total of 888 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 27.67% acceptance rate. Radford University-Carilion offers 21 different majors and is best known for its Emergency Medical Technology, Respiratory Care Therapy, and Health Care Administration programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 8th, and 32nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,922 for in-state students and $19,557 for those from out-of-state, Radford University-Carilion is moderately priced. After graduation, alumni go on to take in near $54,000 per year, which is 30% greater than the national median.

Roanoke, VA

https://www.radford.edu/content/ruc/home.html

C+

Rating

28%

Acceptance

1,258

Students

#674

Ranking

$19,557

Tuition

Sentara College of Health Sciences is a very small private university located in Chesapeake, VA ranked 21st in Virginia. It has a total of 486 full-time undergraduate students. Sentara College of Health Sciences offers 5 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 3rd in Virginia. 56.98% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn close to $55,200 per year, which is 33% above the national median.

Chesapeake, VA

www.sentara.edu

C+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

504

Students

#676

Ranking

$364

Tuition

Bridgewater College

#684 VIRGINIA

Bridgewater College is a small private liberal arts college located in Bridgewater, VA ranked 22nd in Virginia. It has a total of 1,876 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 67.29% of applicants. Bridgewater College offers 33 different majors and is best known for its Health and Fitness, Human Sciences, and Athletic Training programs (nationally ranked 11th, 12th, and 26th respectively). With an annual tuition of $35,700 per year, Bridgewater College is reasonably pricey. 60.64% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn about $42,500 per year, which is 2% greater than the national median.

Bridgewater, VA

https://www.bridgewater.edu/about-bc/

C+

Rating

67%

Acceptance

1,922

Students

#684

Ranking

$35,700

Tuition

Advanced Technology Institute is a very small for-profit university located in Virginia Beach, VA ranked 23rd in Virginia. It has a total of 692 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 47.91% of applicants. Advanced Technology Institute offers 11 different majors. With an annual tuition of $13,200 per year, Advanced Technology Institute is relatively inexpensive. 63.47% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $40,800 per year, which is 2% under the national median.

Virginia Beach, VA

www.auto.edu

C+

Rating

48%

Acceptance

692

Students

#687

Ranking

$13,200

Tuition

Marymount University is a small private institution located in Arlington, VA ranked 24th in Virginia. It has a total of 2,666 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 81.01% of applicants. Marymount University offers 63 different majors and is best known for its Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Design, and Interior Design programs (nationally ranked 16th, 27th, and 36th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,100 per year, Marymount University is reasonably pricey. 51.75% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home near $53,600 per year, which is 29% above the national median.

Arlington, VA

https://www.marymount.edu

C+

Rating

81%

Acceptance

4,055

Students

#754

Ranking

$32,100

Tuition

Riverside College of Health Careers is a very small private university located in Newport News, VA ranked 25th in Virginia. It has a total of 413 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 60% of applicants. Riverside College of Health Careers offers 6 different majors. With an annual tuition of $17,510 per year, Riverside College of Health Careers is moderately priced. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring in approximately $51,700 per year, which is 24% greater than the national median.

Newport News, VA

https://riverside.edu

C+

Rating

60%

Acceptance

413

Students

#769

Ranking

$17,510

Tuition