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Number of
4-year colleges in Virginia

347,399

Students attending
4-year colleges in Virginia

$19,010

Average
in-state tuition

$21,726

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

58 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Total undergraduates: 6,822
Acceptance rate: 36%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $55,400
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

194 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Total undergraduates: 32,249
Acceptance rate: 80%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $58,100
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

125 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Total undergraduates: 21,167
Acceptance rate: 72%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $53,800
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar, VA

313 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar, VA

Total undergraduates: 406
Acceptance rate: 93%
Average annual cost: $25,532
Average salary: $36,800
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

276 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

Total undergraduates: 4,800
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

82 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: 3,815
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

40 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

Total undergraduates: 18,432
Acceptance rate: 29%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $60,700
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

177 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

Total undergraduates: 1,766
Acceptance rate: 50%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $63,200
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Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

109 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Total undergraduates: 26,634
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

31 Forbes

Best colleges in Virginia 2018

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA

Total undergraduates: 1,855
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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