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Norfolk, Virginia (VA) Colleges and Universities

There are 45 postsecondary schools within a 25-mile radius of Norfolk, Virginia. Read about the schools with the closest campuses, highest graduation rates, largest student populations and lowest costs to find the school for you.

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Close to Norfolk, VA, are colleges and universities offering degrees ranging from the associate's to the doctoral level, along with certificates. The traditional Norfolk schools are compared according to National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) information, in order to provide comparisons in each of the following categories.

Closest Schools to Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk is located in a fairly well-populated corner of Virginia that also includes Virginia Beach and Newport News. As a result, there a many two- and four-year colleges and universities located within a 25-mile area. For schools with the shortest commutes from Norfolk, look into the following institutions:

  • Virginia Wesleyan College (Norfolk)
  • ITT Technical Institute - Norfolk (2.8 miles)
  • Norfolk State University (3 miles)
  • Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach (3.6 miles)
  • ECPI University (3.6 miles)
  • Strayer University - Virginia Beach Campus (3.6 miles)

Largest Schools near Norfolk, Virginia

Many of the schools near Norfolk are larger universities or community colleges with student populations numbering in the ten and twenty thousands. If the size of a school's student body is important to you, these are the largest schools near Norfolk:

  • Tidewater Community College (27,646 students)
  • Old Dominion University (24,932 students)
  • ECPI University (10,932 students)
  • Thomas Nelson Community College (10,436 students)
  • Norfolk State University (6,027 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The NCES determines a school's net price by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by full-time undergrads from the cost of attending that school. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the schools with the lowest net prices near Norfolk were:

  • Tidewater Community College ($6,745)
  • Thomas Nelson Community College ($7,276)
  • Norfolk State University ($13,468)
  • Bryant & Stratton College - Hampton ($15,021 )
  • Old Dominion University ($15,236 )

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

In the 2014-2015 academic year, several schools near Norfolk had graduation rates over 60%. These rates reflect the percentage of full-time undergrads who complete their degrees within 150% of the normal timeframe. The five schools with the highest graduation rates near Norfolk are:

  • Centura College-Virginia Beach (79% graduation rate)
  • Centura College-Chesapeake (79% graduation rate)
  • Christopher Newport University (70% graduation rate)
  • Hampton University (65% graduation rate)
  • Everest College - Chesapeake (61% graduation rate)

When you have numerous educational options in your area, as you would in Norfolk, Virginia, it's always a good idea to pay attention to these kinds of factors so that you have the best information when you make the final decision on where to apply.

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