Schools in Petersburg, VA with Degree Program Overviews

While there are only 2 schools physically in Petersburg, VA, there are 14 total schools located within a 25-mile radius. Learn about the top schools in several categories, including lowest net price and highest graduation rate, to find the school for you.

Students living in and near Petersburg, VA, interested in attending a traditional public or private school have only a handful of options. If you are willing to attend a school within driving distance, additional options such as community colleges and 4-year universities become available. Review data from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES) to narrow down your search, considering categories such as location, size, price, and graduation rate.

Schools Closest to Petersburg, Virginia

Except for the one traditional school in Petersburg, there aren't many options in the immediate vicinity of the city. Prospective students must drive roughly 10 miles or more to find additional options. Below are the 5 schools closest to Petersburg:

  • Virginia State University (3.9 miles away)
  • John Tyler Community College (9.6 miles away)
  • Virginia College-Richmond (21.6 miles away)
  • ECPI University-Richmond South (21.7 miles away)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (22.7 miles away)

Largest Schools near Petersburg, Virginia

Schools near Petersburg are largely small, but there are a few moderate to large-sized schools. One state university has nearly 31,000 total students, while a community college in the area has over 10,000. Here is a list of the top 5 largest schools near Petersburg, ranging from 500 to 31,000 total students:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (30,918 total students)
  • John Tyler Community College (10,035 total students)
  • Virginia State University (4,696 total students)
  • Virginia Union University (1,922 total students)
  • Bryant & Stratton College-Richmond (488 total students)

Lowest Net Price

NCES determines a school's net price by subtracting the average amount of financial aid granted to in-state, full-time students from that institution's total cost of attendance. Net prices at schools near Petersburg ranged from around $6,400 to nearly $23,800 in 2014-2015, according to NCES figures. The following schools had the lowest net prices among traditional institutions in the area that academic year.

  • John Tyler Community College ($6,417)
  • Virginia State University ($14,438)
  • Bryant & Stratton College-Richmond ($16,209)
  • Virginia College-Richmond ($18,389)
  • Virginia Union University ($18,731)

Highest Graduation Rates

To determine a school's overall graduation rate, NCES finds the percentage of full-time students who are able to complete their programs within 150% of 'normal' time. The following schools had the highest graduation rates near Petersburg:

  • Centura College-Richmond Main (89% graduation rate)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (62% graduation rate)
  • Virginia State University (48% graduation rate)
  • Virginia College-Richmond (46% graduation rate)
  • ITT Technical Institute-Richmond (36% graduation rate)

With so few options to choose from, quality of the selection is of the utmost importance, hence prospective students should place considerable weight on evaluation factors such as cost, graduation rate, school size, and location.

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