To identify the Best Colleges in Virginia for 2019 we averaged the results from the most respected college ranking systems (Niche.com + US News & World Report) from around the web to produce an entirely unique CollegeReviews Score for each school. And then ordered the schools based on that ranking. You won’t find a more exhaustive ranking of the best colleges and universities in Virginia anywhere.

About The Best Colleges In Virginia

With more than 200 colleges and universities to choose from, Virginia provides a wide range of post secondary education options with schools in and around Virginia Beach, Charlottesville, Richmond and Roanoke.

The state boasts a rich history from becoming the first permanent New World English colony to having the oldest legislature in the nation. There’s also a vast heritage of history behind many Virginia colleges: the University of Virginia is a World Heritage Site founded by Thomas Jefferson, the College of William and Mary is the second-oldest college in America.

Virginia Military Institute is the oldest state military college in the U.S. and a top public liberal arts college. Additionally, James Madison University is consistently named the number one public masters degree-level university in the South. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University(Virginia Tech) and University of Virginia, the state’s land-grant universities, are two of the top-ranked public colleges in Virginia earning a spot on US News & World Report’s list of Best Colleges.

Regional Information about Virginia

Regional Information About Virginia
Major Cities: Richmond, Virginia Beach, Williamburg.
Attractions: Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive.
Cost of Living: Best Places Virginia Cost of Living
Popular Schools: University of Virginia, Washington & Lee University, Virginia Tech.

About Our Methodology

Our methodology for determining the best colleges in Virginia takes both editorial rankings from US News & World Report, Times Higher Education and combines it with student rankings from Niche.com. We weight student rankings higher giving them about a 80% weighted score vs editorial rankings. Thus creating a more accurate viewpoint of the best colleges in any given state.

  1. University of Virginia
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  2. Washington & Lee University
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  3. Virginia Tech
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  4. College of William & Mary
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  5. University of Richmond
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  6. James Madison University
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  7. Virginia Military Institute
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  8. Liberty University
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  9. George Mason University
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  10. Christopher Newport University
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  11. Virginia Commonwealth University
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  12. Jefferson College of Health Sciences
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  13. Eastern Mennonite University
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  14. Roanoke College
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  15. University of Mary Washington
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  16. Hampden-Sydney College
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  17. Hollins University
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  18. University of Lynchburg
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  19. Radford University
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  20. ECPI University
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