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71 Colleges
8,384 Yearly Graduations
$50,595 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,846 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. Virginia colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $12,649 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $17,563 per year.

An estimated 47% of college students in Virginia take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,961 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

There are 13,983 undergraduates at ECPI University, of which 13,869 are full-time, and there are 14,353 students altogether. It takes the average ECPI University undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 80%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at ECPI University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,983 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.2% 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
$15,460 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 93,349 students at Liberty University in total, 47,988 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 30,168 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Liberty University is 4.5 years.

About 50% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

57% of Liberty University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,154 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Liberty University is $32,100.

#3

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
436 Yearly Degrees
$14,710 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 29,070 students at VCU in total, 21,943 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 18,734 are full-time. It takes the average VCU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

Around 91% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Approximately 52% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,195 a year. VCU has a 4.5% 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 VCU is $34,400.

#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 2,629, which includes 647 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 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
$10,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 24,286 students at Old Dominion in total, 19,622 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 14,740 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Old Dominion is 4.5 years.

Around 95% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

68% of Old Dominion students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,627 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Old Dominion is $35,500.

#6

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
264 Yearly Degrees
$12,330 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at James Madison University is 21,594, of which 19,727 students are undergraduates and of those, 18,420 are full-time. JMU has a freshman retention rate of 89%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly 40% of students at JMU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,938 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from JMU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
242 Yearly Degrees
$18,895 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Virginia - Main Campus is 25,628, of which 17,310 students are undergraduates and of those, 16,319 are full-time. University of Virginia has a freshman retention rate of 97%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Only 23% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

27% of University of Virginia students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,603 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from University of Virginia is $50,300.

#8

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
236 Yearly Degrees
$13,014 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 38,541 students at GMU in total, 27,104 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 21,603 are full-time. It takes the average GMU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

47% of GMU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,950 a year. GMU has a 2.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from GMU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
209 Yearly Degrees

There are 441 students at Standard College of Nursing in total, 404 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 35 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 51%. Around 8% of accepted students are men, and 92% are women.

Approximately 80% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $10,304 a year. Standard College of Nursing has a 4.4% 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 994 full-time undergraduates at Southside Virginia Community College, and 3,123 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Students who graduate from Southside Virginia Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $19,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

John Tyler Community College

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

There are 2,173 full-time undergraduates at John Tyler Community College, and 9,440 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 12% of students at John Tyler Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,559 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,500 during the early-career years.

#12

Reynolds Community College

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

There are 2,476 full-time undergraduates at Reynolds Community College, and 7,759 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 10% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,715 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Reynolds Community College is $24,800.

#13

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
166 Yearly Degrees
$33,830 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,174 students at Shenandoah in total, 2,267 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,097 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

Roughly 69% of students at Shenandoah take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $10,962 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,300 during the early-career years.

#14

Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
164 Yearly Degrees
$34,050 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Marymount University is 3,294, of which 2,041 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,861 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Marymount is 4.2 years.

Around 85% of students who apply get accepted. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

Approximately 56% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,675 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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
$39,220 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 896 undergraduates at Eastern Mennonite, of which 812 are full-time, and there are 1,394 students altogether. It takes the average Eastern Mennonite undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 72%. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Approximately 71% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,060 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#16

Radford University Carilion

Roanoke, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
157 Yearly Degrees

The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from RUC is $46,900.

#17

Sentara College of Health Sciences

Chesapeake, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
156 Yearly Degrees
$2,344 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 275 undergraduates at Sentara College of Health Sciences, of which 219 are full-time, and there are 341 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Sentara College of Health Sciences is $50,800.

#18

Centra College of Nursing

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

There are 314 students at Centra College of Nursing in total, 42 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

About 82% of students who apply get accepted. Around 22% of accepted students are men, and 78% are women.

Roughly 50% of students at Centra College of Nursing take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $2,691 a year. Centra College of Nursing has a 2.8% 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 Centra College of Nursing is $42,200.

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 456, which includes 365 full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing, the average graduation time is 5.0 years.

The student loan default rate of 1.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing is $52,000.

#20

Northern Virginia Community College

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

There are 15,551 full-time undergraduates at Northern Virginia Community College, and 52,873 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 28 to 1.

17% of Northern Virginia Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,709 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,200 during the early-career years.

#21

Chamberlain University - Virginia

Arlington, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
136 Yearly Degrees
$20,492 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 221 full-time undergraduates at Chamberlain - Virginia, and 622 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Chamberlain - Virginia is 4.0 years.

About 64% of students who apply get accepted.

The student loan default rate of 3.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Chamberlain - Virginia with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $67,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Thomas Nelson Community College

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

There are 6,256 students at TNCC in total, 1,991 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

18% of TNCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,095 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.3% 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
$4,585 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,329 full-time undergraduates at Germanna Community College, and 7,679 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

14% of Germanna Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,817 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% 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 3,370, which includes 1,143 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

6% of Central Virginia Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,328 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.1% 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
$11,416 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Radford University is 10,695, of which 7,307 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,788 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

Roughly 73% of students at Radford take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,693 a year. Radford has a 5.5% 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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