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Number of
4-year colleges in Virginia

354,622

Students attending
4-year colleges in Virginia

$18,518

Average
in-state tuition

$21,141

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

38 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Total undergraduates: 6,890
Acceptance rate: 36%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $55,400
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

237 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Total undergraduates: 30,789
Acceptance rate: 80%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $58,100
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Hampden-Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA

222 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Hampden-Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA

Total undergraduates: 1,112
Acceptance rate: 55%
Average annual cost: $33,210
Average salary: $48,700
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

174 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Total undergraduates: 21,306
Acceptance rate: 72%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $53,800
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

275 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

Total undergraduates: 4,761
Acceptance rate: 74%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $50,500
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

101 Forbes
The mission of the University of Richmond is to sustain a collaborative learning and research community that supports the personal development of its members and the creation of new knowledge. A Richmond education prepares students to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

Total undergraduates: 3,910
Acceptance rate: 32%
Average annual cost: $22,400
Average salary: $60,700
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

36 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

Total undergraduates: 18,930
Acceptance rate: 29%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $60,700
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

163 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

Total undergraduates: 1,762
Acceptance rate: 50%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $63,200
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA

118 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA

Total undergraduates: 26,211
Acceptance rate: 70%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $60,500
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA

28 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA

Total undergraduates: 1,867
Acceptance rate: 23%
Average annual cost: $23,867
Average salary: $72,300
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

Read more about the rankings. US News' 2016 Best Colleges Rankings are also based on a variety of factors, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving rate. Read more about their methodology. You can also sign up for a free RaiseMe profile to customize your college search by location, popular majors and more!

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