Bristol, Virginia (VA) Colleges and Universities

There are six schools within a 40-mile radius of Bristol, Virginia. Read about the schools that are closest to Bristol and have the largest student populations, lowest net cost, and highest graduation rates to find the school for you.

Aspiring college students living in and around Bristol, VA, have only a small selection of schools from which to choose. We train our sights on the more traditional public and private colleges and universities near Bristol, allowing the average student to determine if any of them are a good match based on categories provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Bristol, Virginia

The closest traditional schools to Bristol include three community colleges. Most of the nearby schools are public institutions.

  • Virginia Highlands Community College (12.6 miles from downtown)
  • Emory & Henry College (20.4 miles from downtown)
  • The University of Virginia's College at Wise (33.2 miles from downtown)
  • Mountain Empire Community College (37.8 miles from downtown)
  • Southwest Virginia Community College (38.8 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Bristol, Virginia

The largest schools near Bristol could still be considered small by some, with only a couple thousand students. Only one of the larger institutions offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • Mountain Empire Community College (2,718 students)
  • Southwest Virginia Community College (2,546 students)
  • Virginia Highlands Community College (2,505 students)
  • The University of Virginia's College at Wise (2,183 students)
  • Emory & Henry College (1,038 students)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price by subtracting the average amount of financial aid a full-time undergrad student receives from the total cost to attend the school. Financial aid may be received from the school or the government. Net costs listed here are for the 2014-2015 school year, as reported by the NCES, for full-time beginning undergraduate students. The traditional schools near Bristol have net prices ranging from approximately $6,500-$21,500.

  • Mountain Empire Community College ($6,485)
  • Virginia Highlands Community College ($6,494)
  • Southwest Virginia Community College ($6,937)
  • The University of Virginia's College at Wise ($11,259)
  • Emory & Henry College ($21,299)

Highest Graduation Rates

A school's overall graduation rate is determined by identifying the number of full-time undergraduates who complete their chosen program of study within 150% of the time usually required to complete the program. For example, three years would be 150% of the normal time required to complete an associate's degree program. Only one of the traditional schools near Bristol had a graduation rate higher than 50%, according to statistics provided by NCES for 2015.

  • Emory & Henry College (54% graduation rate)
  • The University of Virginia's College at Wise (41% graduation rate)
  • Mountain Empire Community College (38% graduation rate)
  • Southwest Virginia Community College (37% graduation rate)
  • Virginia Highlands Community College (31% graduation rate)

Although there are only a handful of traditional public and private institutions near Bristol, Virginia, they do provide some variation for students in location, size, price, and graduation rates.

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