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Fairfax, Virginia (VA) Colleges and Universities

While there are only 3 schools in Fairfax, there are a total of 40 schools located within a 25-mile radius. Learn about many of the major schools in the Fairfax area in several categories, including student success rates and average cost, to find the school for you.

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The possibilities for a traditional college-level education in or near Fairfax, VA, include community colleges as well as public and private colleges and universities. Using information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), see what several schools have to offer in terms of campus location, student population, net price and graduation rate.

Closest Schools to Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia, is found inside the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and as a result, it is located within a 25-mile radius of numerous postsecondary educational institutions, including large schools and smaller community colleges. These five schools are the closest to Fairfax:

  • George Mason University (7.2 miles)
  • Stratford University (7.2 miles)
  • ECPI University--Manassas (7.8 miles)
  • Strayer University-Manassas Campus (7.8 miles)
  • Strayer University-Loudoun Campus (10.3 miles)

Largest Schools Near Fairfax, Virginia

The schools surrounding Fairfax, Virginia display a great deal of diversity in terms of the size of their student populations, including several that offer two and four-year degrees, as well as advanced degree programs. These Fairfax area schools have the largest student bodies:

  • Northern Virginia Community College (51,487 students)
  • George Mason University (33,729 students)
  • Strayer University-Virginia (6,850 students)
  • Marymount University (3,441 students)
  • Stratford University (2,971 students)

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  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
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  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
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Schools with Lowest Net Price

When calculating a school's net price, the National Center for Education Statistics subtracts the average financial aid package for full-time undergraduates from the average cost of attending that school. These five schools had the lowest net prices in the Fairfax area for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Northern Virginia Community College ($8,965)
  • Argosy University-Washington DC ($14,471)
  • George Mason University ($17,316)
  • Stratford University ($22,509)
  • Marymount University ($25,008)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

You can understand a school's graduation rate as the percentage of that school's full-time undergraduate students who complete their degree programs within 150% of the normal length of time. Each of these Fairfax schools had one of the highest graduation rates for the area in 2015:

  • George Mason University (69% graduation rate)
  • Marymount University (50% graduation rate)
  • Stratford University (40% graduation rate)
  • University of the Potomac--VA Campus (33% graduation rate)
  • Northern Virginia Community College (23% graduation rate)

Given its proximity to many different types of colleges, universities and specialty schools, Fairfax students should be sure to take into consideration factors like size and expenses when deciding on a school that meets their expectations.

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