Chesapeake, Virginia (VA) Colleges and Universities

Students looking to earn a degree or certificate in or near Chesapeake, Virginia, have a number of schools to choose from, including five institutions in the city and an additional 35 colleges and universities within a 25-mile radius. Check out some of the traditional school options based on criteria such as student population size and net price.

Located within minutes of the Atlantic coast, Chesapeake, VA, has several schools -- ranging from community colleges and vocational schools to four-year universities -- situated less than half an hour from the city. To help students find the right college experience, we compare the non-specialty schools based on data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Chesapeake, Virginia

The closest schools to Chesapeake are almost entirely private institutions. Only a couple of the schools nearby offer graduate-level degree programs.

  • Centura College-Chesapeake (located downtown)
  • Everest College-Chesapeake (located downtown)
  • Strayer University-Chesapeake Campus (located downtown)
  • Regent University (5.7 miles from downtown)
  • Virginia Wesleyan College (8.4 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Chesapeake, Virginia

The size of a school's student population can impact students' education decisions if they have a preference towards a smaller-scale or big college experience. Schools with thousands of students could have more extracurricular programs and other campus activities than those with a very small student body. The largest schools near Chesapeake are mostly a mix of 2-year and 4-year public institutions.

  • 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)

Lowest Net Price

Many students need to consider the price of a school when searching for a potential match. The NCES calculates the net price of an institution by subtracting the average amount of financial aid for a full-time undergrad from the total cost of attendance. For 2014-2015, a couple of community colleges had the lowest net prices for traditional schools in the area.

  • 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)

Highest Graduation Rate

To get an indication of a school's educational quality, it's worth checking into its graduation rate. The NCES collects graduation data for full-time undergraduate students who began working towards their first degree or certificate in the fall of 2009 (at 4-year schools) or fall 2012 (at 2-year schools) and completed their degree within 150% of the normal time. Based on this information, the following traditional schools have some of the highest graduation rates for the area in 2015.

  • Centura College-Virginia Beach (79% graduation rate)
  • Centura College-Chesapeake (79% graduation rate)
  • Advanced Technology Institute (75% graduation rate)
  • Hampton University (65% graduation rate)
  • Everest College-Chesapeake (61% graduation rate)

The Chesapeake, VA, area offers a variety of public and private schools with a wide range of locations, sizes, price, and graduation rates for students to choose from.


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