The Commonwealth of Virginia is located on the U.S. east coast. It shares borders with Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. To the east lies the Atlantic Ocean. Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth, while Virginia Beach is the most populous city. Other major cities include Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Newport News, Alexandria, Hampton, Roanoke, Portsmouth and Suffolk. The total population is 8,260,045, according to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
Virginia’s economy is strongly tied to the federal government, thanks in part to its proximity to Washington, DC. For example, Virginia has the highest defense spending of any state per capita. Many Virginia residents work directly for the federal government or for federal contractors, including many defense and security firms. The Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency are both located in the state. Other major sectors include agriculture, tourism, technology, manufacturing, and services. A 2013 report by Forbes magazine rated Virginia the best state in the country for business and careers
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is the Commonwealth's coordinating body for higher education.
Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.
For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Virginia, contact the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
|College||Popular Majors||Type of Institution||Enrollment|
|Marymount University||Education,Visual/Performing Arts||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Richmond||Agriculture,Biology,Engineering||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|College of William and Mary||Business Administration,Government,Psychology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Liberty University||Business,Culinary Services,Hospitality||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Virginia||Business Administration,Political Science,Psychology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|James Madison University||Communication Studies,Health,Kinesiology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Old Dominion University||Business,Health,Social Sciences||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|George Mason University||Accounting,Political Science/ Government,Psychology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Communications,Finance,Nursing||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Viriginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||Business,Health,Visual/ Performing Arts||Public||>10,000||Request Info|