Newport News, Virginia (VA) Colleges and Universities

There are about forty schools located within a 25-mile radius of Newport News, VA. Read about the traditional schools in several categories, including lowest net price and highest graduation rate, to find the school for you.

The town of Newport News and its surrounding areas have a diverse selection of four-year, public, and private colleges and universities to choose from, as well as two-year community colleges. Prospective students have a lot to consider, and we focus on comparing traditional schools using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to help students make a decision.

Closest Schools to Newport News, Virginia

The closest schools to Newport News are mostly 4-year institutions, but there are some 2-year schools available. Only a few of the closest schools offer graduate level degree programs.

  • Christopher Newport University (2.4 miles from downtown)
  • ECPI University-Newport News (2.4 miles from downtown)
  • Thomas Nelson Community College (2.8 miles from downtown)
  • Strayer University-Newport News Campus (5.9 miles from downtown)
  • Hampton University (7.2 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Newport News, Virginia

Students searching for larger schools near Newport News can find several institutions with more than 1,000 students, and a few with more than 10,000 students. Most of these larger schools are public institutions.

  • Tidewater Community College (25,927 students)
  • Old Dominion University (24,672 students)
  • ECPI University (11,735 students)
  • Thomas Nelson Community College (9,316 students)
  • College of William and Mary (8,484 students)

Lowest Net Price

To figure out the net price for a school, the NCES subtracts the average amount of yearly financial aid awarded to in-state, full-time undergrad students from the total cost of attending that school for one academic year. The community colleges in the area had some of the lowest net prices for traditional schools in 2014-2015, according to the NCES.

  • Tidewater Community College ($6,745)
  • Thomas Nelson Community College ($7,276)
  • Norfolk State University ($13,468)
  • College of William and Mary ($14,310)
  • Bold Dominion University ($15,236)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES calculates a school's graduation rate by finding the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who finish their programs within 150% of the normal time (e.g. six years for a bachelor's program). Many schools in the Newport News area had rates of 49% or higher for 2015.

  • College of William and Mary (90% graduation rate)
  • Christopher Newport University (70% graduation rate)
  • Hampton University (65% graduation rate)
  • Old Dominion University (53% graduation rate)
  • Regent University (49% graduation rate)

The Newport News, VA, area is home to many public and private institutions that give students a lot of variation to choose from when it comes to location, size, price, and graduation rates.


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