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Colleges in Richmond, VA: Largest Public Colleges

There are four traditional public schools within a 25-mile radius of Richmond. Review this material to compare these schools in four categories, including distance from Richmond, size, net price and graduation rate.

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Richmond, VA, and its surrounding area offers a few universities and community colleges for students interested in receiving a traditional education at a public postsecondary institution. When choosing from among these schools, students are likely to consider such factors as school size and tuition. This article uses the National Center for Education Statistics to provide comparisons between these colleges and universities within the following four categories:

Closest Schools to Richmond, Virginia

If you don't want a long commute or wish to got to school directly in Richmond, you have a handful of options to choose from. Here we list the public schools in order from closest to furthest away from Richmond:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (1.4 miles from downtown)
  • J Sargeant Reynolds Community College (6.6 miles from downtown)
  • John Tyler Community College (14.1 miles from downtown)
  • Virginia State University (21.8 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Richmond, Virginia

For many, going to big school is important, while others may prefer the intimacy of a smaller school. For either student, here is a list of the schools with the largest student bodies in the Richmond area, according to 2015 NCES reports.

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (30,918 enrolled students)
  • J Sargeant Reynolds Community College (10,889 enrolled students)
  • John Tyler Community College (10,035 enrolled students)
  • Virginia State University (4,696 enrolled students)

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Schools with Lowest Net Price

The NCES determines the average net cost for college and university full-time undergraduates by subtracting the amount of financial aid students typically receive from the total cost of attendance. Most public schools in the Richmond area had net prices between $6,000 and $27,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • John Tyler Community College ($6,417)
  • J Sargeant Reynolds Community College ($7,151)
  • Virginia State University ($14,438)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University ($19,898)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rates reported by the NCES represent full-time students who graduated in 150% of the 'normal time' it takes to complete their degree program (e.g., six years for a bachelor's degree). Here is how our four schools compare on graduation rates as of 2015:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (62% graduation rate)
  • Virginia State University (48% graduation rate)
  • John Tyler Community College (19% graduation rate)
  • J Sargeant Reynolds Community College (17% graduation rate)

If you are looking for a public college or university to attend near Richmond, VA, use this article to inform yourself of the locations, size, cost and graduation rates of the schools in the area.

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