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71 Colleges
8,384 Yearly Graduations
$49,347 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$28,048 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Virginia ranked #17 in the nation for nursing degrees handed out in 2019. Around 8,384 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $12,337 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $17,251 a year.

About 50% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $7,012 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,280 Yearly Degrees
$16,639 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at ECPI University is 13,487, of which 13,142 students are undergraduates and of those, 13,005 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

About 71% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 69% of students at ECPI University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,161 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from ECPI University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
532 Yearly Degrees
$16,118 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 85,586 students at Liberty University in total, 47,025 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 28,487 are full-time. It takes the average Liberty University undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

About 30% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,133 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
436 Yearly Degrees
$14,596 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,837 undergraduates at VCU, of which 19,825 are full-time, and there are 29,757 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at VCU is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Roughly 57% of students at VCU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,715 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from VCU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Rappahannock Community College

Glenns, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
322 Yearly Degrees
$4,820 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Rappahannock Community College is 2,909, which includes 636 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Students who graduate from RCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
306 Yearly Degrees
$10,680 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,176 undergraduates at Old Dominion, of which 14,702 are full-time, and there are 23,675 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Old Dominion is 4.6 years.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly 65% of students at Old Dominion take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,262 a year. Old Dominion has a 6.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Old Dominion with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
264 Yearly Degrees
$12,206 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,895 undergraduates at JMU, of which 18,798 are full-time, and there are 21,820 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at JMU is 90%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 75% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Roughly 43% of students at JMU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,401 a year. JMU has a 2.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from JMU is $44,400.

#7

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
242 Yearly Degrees
$17,935 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 25,012 students at University of Virginia in total, 17,010 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 16,267 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 27%. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

Approximately 29% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,472 a year. University of Virginia has a 1.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $50,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
236 Yearly Degrees
$12,564 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at George Mason University is 37,863, of which 26,662 students are undergraduates and of those, 21,672 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at GMU. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Roughly 53% of students at GMU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,922 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from GMU is $44,900.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
209 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Standard Healthcare Services - College of Nursing is 417, which includes 378 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 42 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 47%. Around 9% of accepted students are men, and 91% are women.

95% of Standard College of Nursing students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,940 a year. Standard College of Nursing has a 3.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Public Public vs. Private
209 Yearly Degrees
$4,695 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,016 full-time undergraduates at Southside Virginia Community College, and 3,219 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 27 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $19,900 during the early-career years.

#11

John Tyler Community College

Chester, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
178 Yearly Degrees
$4,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at John Tyler Community College is 10,152, which includes 2,581 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

13% of John Tyler Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,570 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from John Tyler Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Reynolds Community College

Richmond, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
176 Yearly Degrees
$4,998 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,711 students at Reynolds Community College in total, 2,606 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 10% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,043 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,800 during the early-career years.

#13

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
166 Yearly Degrees
$33,180 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Shenandoah University is 3,791, of which 2,040 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,989 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Shenandoah is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at Shenandoah take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,095 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Shenandoah with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
164 Yearly Degrees
$32,850 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Marymount University is 3,363, of which 2,158 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,951 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 30% are men and 70% are women.

Approximately 52% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,318 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,700 during the early-career years.

#15

Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
161 Yearly Degrees
$38,230 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Eastern Mennonite University is 1,358, of which 978 students are undergraduates and of those, 828 are full-time. It takes the average Eastern Mennonite undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 54% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Approximately 75% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,541 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Eastern Mennonite is $34,400.

Public Public vs. Private
157 Yearly Degrees
$11,350 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

For undergraduates at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

About 39% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 19% are men and 81% are women.

80% of Jefferson College of Health Sciences students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,823 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Jefferson College of Health Sciences is $46,900.

#17

Sentara College of Health Sciences

Chesapeake, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
156 Yearly Degrees
$2,183 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Sentara College of Health Sciences is 370, of which 321 students are undergraduates and of those, 235 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Sentara College of Health Sciences with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $50,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Centra College of Nursing

Lynchburg, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
150 Yearly Degrees
$12,501 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Centra College of Nursing is 369, which includes 59 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

80% of Centra College of Nursing students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,103 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Centra College of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
148 Yearly Degrees
$14,550 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing is 448, which includes 325 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $52,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
139 Yearly Degrees
$5,610 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 51,822 students at Northern Virginia Community College in total, 15,540 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

Roughly 19% of students at Northern Virginia Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,827 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Northern Virginia Community College is $33,200.

#21

Chamberlain University - Virginia

Arlington, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
136 Yearly Degrees
$19,780 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Chamberlain University - Virginia is 478, which includes 159 full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Chamberlain - Virginia. The freshman retention rate is 100%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 33%.

100% of Chamberlain - Virginia students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,500 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $67,100 during the early-career years.

#22

Thomas Nelson Community College

Hampton, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
125 Yearly Degrees
$4,806 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,314 students at TNCC in total, 2,184 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 18% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,852 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TNCC is $23,500.

#23

Germanna Community College

Locust Grove, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
122 Yearly Degrees
$4,913 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,225 students at Germanna Community College in total, 2,202 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 14% of students at Germanna Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,483 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Germanna Community College is $25,000.

#24

Central Virginia Community College

Lynchburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
121 Yearly Degrees
$4,838 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Central Virginia Community College is 3,813, which includes 1,298 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,099 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,700 during the early-career years.

#25

Radford University

Radford, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
115 Yearly Degrees
$11,350 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,870 students at Radford in total, 7,967 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,494 are full-time. For undergraduates at Radford, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 74%. Of the accepted students, 34% are men and 66% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,827 a year. Radford has a 5.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Radford with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Virginia Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Blue Ridge Community College 114
27 Riverside College of Health Careers 111
28 Eastern Virginia Career College 104
29 Lord Fairfax Community College 94
29 Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach 94
31 Mountain Empire Community College 93
32 Virginia Western Community College 90
33 Tidewater Community College 87
34 Piedmont Virginia Community College 84
35 Danville Community College 80
36 Stratford University 79
37 Virginia Highlands Community College 73
38 Patrick Henry Community College 72
39 Wytheville Community College 69
40 Longwood University 66
41 Southwest Virginia Community College 64
42 New River Community College 57
43 Southside College of Health Sciences 54
43 Bluefield College 54
45 South University, Richmond 53
46 University of Lynchburg 50
47 Chester Career College 47
48 Dabney S Lancaster Community College 44
49 Paul D Camp Community College 40
49 University of Mary Washington 40
51 Hampton University 39
52 South University, Virginia Beach 38
53 Henrico County-Saint Marys Hospital School of Practical Nursing 33
54 Fortis College - Richmond 29
55 Eastern Shore Community College 26
56 Norfolk State University 25
56 Saint Michael College of Allied Health 25
58 Central School of Practical Nursing 19
58 Mary Baldwin University 19
60 Fortis College - Norfolk 18
61 Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing 12
62 The University of Virginia’s College at Wise 10
63 Centura College - Norfolk 9
64 Averett University 5
65 Regent University 4
65 Averett University - Graduate & Professional Studies 4
67 Centura College - Richmond Main 3
68 American National University 2
69 Strayer University - Virginia 1
70 Randolph - Macon College 0
70 University of Phoenix - Virginia 0

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