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Graduate Schools in Virginia with Degree Program Summaries

There are 43 public and not-for-profit colleges in Virginia that offer graduate degree programs. Here we'll analyze these schools based on four categories common to everyone's search for the right college.

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Virginia Schools Near Large Cities

The majority of schools located in metropolitan settings within Virginia that contain graduate programming are situated in midsize cities, though there is one institution positioned in a large city. Five schools that offer a more urban campus experience are:

  • Regent University (Virginia Beach)
  • Christopher Newport University (Newport News)
  • Hampton University (Hampton)
  • Marymount University (Arlington)
  • Norfolk State University (Norfolk)

Largest Schools in Virginia

There are several schools in Virginia boasting large student populations that include graduate programs. Most of these are 4-year public universities. Here are the five biggest colleges that have graduate degree programs:

  • Liberty University (80,494 total enrollment)
  • George Mason University (33,929 total enrollment)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (32,663 total enrollment)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (30,918 total enrollment)
  • Old Dominion University (24,672 total enrollment)

Lowest Tuition

Grad students have financial aid options, including loans, scholarships and graduate assistantships. Still, graduate school is often a pricey investment even with financial support. The following universities had some the lowest 2015-2016 in-state graduate tuition of those compared, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). These figures do not include additional expenses such as program fees, textbooks and housing.

  • Virginia University of Lynchburg ($5,400)
  • Norfolk State University ($6,302)
  • Virginia State University ($7,370)
  • Radford University ($7,640)
  • College of William and Mary ($8,009)

Highest Graduation Rate

Of those profiled, the following schools have the highest graduation rates, per NCES data. These figures are based on full-time undergraduate students who finished their degree programs within 150% of normal time (or six years or less for a bachelor's degree). Although all of the following figures are focused on undergrads, they can still offer insight about the schools' educational quality to future grad students. For 2015, the best graduation rates in Virginia were:

  • Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs (100%)
  • University of Virginia-Main Campus (93%)
  • Washington and Lee University (91%)
  • College of William and Mary (90%)
  • University of Richmond (88%)

Graduate students in Virginia have a healthy amount of options to consider, with several 4-year universities offering large college experiences and a good variety of programs.

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