Richmond, Virginia (VA) Colleges and Universities

Oct 20, 2021

Of the colleges located in or very near Richmond, just 12 are public or private not-for-profit institutions, and only seven of those are traditional schools, in terms of having more than a single focus. Using information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) we compare many of the area's 29 schools in four categories.

Closest Schools to Richmond, Virginia

The area surrounding Richmond contains numerous postsecondary institutions of different types, including large public universities and smaller community colleges. According to the NCES, the closest schools to Richmond are:

  • Virginia Union University (1.4 miles)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (1.4 miles)
  • Virginia College--Richmond (4.2 miles)
  • Fortis College--Richmond (4.3 miles)
  • University of Richmond (6 miles)

Largest Schools near Richmond, Virginia

Prospective students who value the size of a school when making their decisions have a diverse array of options when it comes to postsecondary institutions near Richmond. The NCES lists the following schools as having the largest student bodies in the Richmond area:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (30,697 students)
  • John Tyler Community College (10,144 students)
  • J Sargeant Reynolds Community College (8,737 students)
  • Virginia State University (4,385 students)
  • University of Richmond (4,002 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price by taking the average cost of attendance for a specific school and subtracting the average amount of financial aid awarded to full-time undergrads. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the schools near Richmond with the lowest net prices were:

  • J Sargeant Reynolds Community College ($6,106)
  • John Tyler Community College ($6,573)
  • Virginia State University ($18,034)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

A school's graduation rate describes the percentage of that school's full-time undergraduate population who completes their degrees within 150% of the normal length of time. These five schools had the highest graduation rate in 2018:

  • University of Richmond (89% graduation rate)
  • Randolph-Macon College (68% graduation rate)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (67% graduation rate)
  • Centura College-Richmond Main (50% graduation rate)
  • Virginia State University (38% graduation rate)

Factors like location, size, price and rate of graduation can be extremely helpful when wading through different kinds of programs to find the school that's best for your specific needs as a student.

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