With more than 450,000 students enrolled in over 100
in-state institutions of higher education, Virginia is the ideal location for
individuals seeking to excel and further their education. Virginia has several
colleges and universities that have achieved national acclaim and have areas of
studies lending great value to companies across the state. Additionally, the Virginia
Community College System, comprised of 23 community colleges, located on 40
campuses around the state, provides occupational and technical training programs,
many of which are designed specifically to meet the needs of nearby industries.
In the 2010-11 academic year, community colleges in the Commonwealth awarded over 23,000
degrees, diplomas and certificates.
Virginia’s institutions of higher education offer exceptional diversity, ranging from public universities to small private liberal arts colleges.
- 15 public comprehensive institutions - 8 of which are doctoral institutions
- More than 50 private accredited four-year institutions
- 23 public community colleges and one public two-year college
- Vocational institutions and technical and workforce development centers
- More than 65 out-of-state institutions of higher education offer courses, and in some cases complete degree programs, at sites across Virginia
Virginia universities and colleges are actively involved
in the Commonwealth’s economic development efforts. Virginia’s
University-Based Economic Development group provides a point of contact for
every public institution to provide businesses with easy access to public college
and university resources.