Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) Colleges and Universities

Oct 20, 2021

The Virginia Beach area has a variety of diverse post-secondary options, including a health sciences college, two nursing schools and a community college. Based on data presented by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), we compare and contrast the non-specialty schools so students can find the best fit.

Closest Schools to Virginia Beach, Virginia

The closest schools to Virginia Beach are primarily 4-year institutions. As such, several of them offer undergraduate and graduate level degree programs.

  • Centura College-Virginia Beach (4.9 miles from downtown)
  • South University-Virginia Beach (4.9 miles from downtown)
  • Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia Beach (8 miles from downtown)
  • ECPI University (8 miles from downtown)
  • Strayer University-Virginia Beach Campus (8 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Virginia Beach, Virginia

The largest schools near Virginia Beach are mostly public institutions, but there are big private schools available. For students wanting to attend a larger school, there are several schools in the area that have greater than 1,000 students.

  • Old Dominion University (24,176 students)
  • Tidewater Community College (20,941 students)
  • ECPI University (12,947 students)
  • Regent University (9,889 students)
  • Norfolk State University (5,204 students)

Lowest Net Price

Schools' net prices are calculated by the NCES by identifying the total amount of money that full-time, beginning undergraduate students pay to attend; they then subtract the average amount of financial aid those students typically receive. The NCES most recently established net prices for the 2018-2019 school year. The schools in the area with the lowest net prices had figures less than $17,000.

  • Tidewater Community College ($7,943)
  • Norfolk State University ($12,645)
  • Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia Beach ($14,707)
  • Regent University ($15,062)
  • Old Dominion University ($16,681)

Highest Graduation Rates

Schools' overall graduation rates are also calculated by the NCES. These rates are calculated by the NCES determining how many full-time, beginning undergraduate students complete their programs within 150% of the amount of time normally allotted for that program. For 2018, two of the schools with greater than 50% graduation rates were specialty schools.

  • Hampton University (60% graduation rate)
  • Old Dominion University (53% graduation rate)
  • Centura College-Chesapeake (42% graduation rate)
  • Centura College-Virginia Beach (35% graduation rate)

The Virginia Beach, VA, area provides multiple private and public institutions for students that offer a range of locations, sizes, prices, and graduation rates to meet student needs.

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