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108 Colleges
15,470 Yearly Graduations
$55,304 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,517 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Virginia ranked #21 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2021. Around 15,470 students received some type of diploma that year. Virginia colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $13,826 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $17,931 per year.

About 56% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,879 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
2,174 Yearly Degrees
$17,479 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at ECPI University is 14,353, of which 13,983 students are undergraduates and of those, 13,869 are full-time. It takes the average ECPI University undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at ECPI University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,983 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from ECPI University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,780 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
751 Yearly Degrees
$5,561 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Tidewater Community College is 16,769, which includes 5,806 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 23% of students at Tidewater Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,667 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,151 during the early-career years.

#3

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
639 Yearly Degrees
$5,565 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 15,551 full-time undergraduates at Northern Virginia Community College, and 52,873 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 28 to 1.

Approximately 17% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,709 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Northern Virginia Community College is $38,623.

#4

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
616 Yearly Degrees
$16,160 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Liberty University is 93,349, of which 47,988 students are undergraduates and of those, 30,168 are full-time. It takes the average Liberty University undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 50%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly 57% of students at Liberty University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,154 a year. Liberty University has a 6.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Liberty University is $33,492.

#5

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
610 Yearly Degrees
$12,638 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at James Madison University is 21,594, of which 19,727 students are undergraduates and of those, 18,420 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at JMU is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 80%. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

40% of JMU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,938 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from JMU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $52,050 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
490 Yearly Degrees
$5,355 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,654 full-time undergraduates at Virginia Western Community College, and 5,738 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 13% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,489 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Virginia Western Community College is $30,322.

#7

Danville Community College

Danville, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
472 Yearly Degrees
$4,725 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Danville Community College is 2,411, which includes 903 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 13% of students at Danville Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,408 a year. The student loan default rate of 12.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,091 during the early-career years.

#8

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
466 Yearly Degrees
$10,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Old Dominion University is 24,286, of which 19,622 students are undergraduates and of those, 14,740 are full-time. For undergraduates at Old Dominion, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

Around 95% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

68% of Old Dominion students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,627 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,015 during the early-career years.

#9

Tidewater Tech-Trades

Norfolk, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
438 Yearly Degrees
$16,337 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 436 students at Tidewater Tech-Trades in total, 329 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 96% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,844 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Tidewater Tech-Trades is $29,450.

#10

Mountain Empire Community College

Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
387 Yearly Degrees
$4,710 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,010 full-time undergraduates at MECC, and 2,253 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 1% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $2,050 a year.

Students who graduate from MECC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,489 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

John Tyler Community College

Chester, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
376 Yearly Degrees
$4,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,173 full-time undergraduates at John Tyler Community College, and 9,440 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 12% of students at John Tyler Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,559 a year. John Tyler Community College has a 8.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,355 during the early-career years.

#12

Lord Fairfax Community College

Middletown, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
344 Yearly Degrees
$4,739 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,889 full-time undergraduates at Lord Fairfax Community College, and 6,337 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

12% of Lord Fairfax Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,842 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Lord Fairfax Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,032 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Central Virginia Community College

Lynchburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
337 Yearly Degrees
$4,838 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Central Virginia Community College is 3,370, which includes 1,143 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,328 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Central Virginia Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,061 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
329 Yearly Degrees
$4,695 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,123 students at Southside Virginia Community College in total, 994 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,362 during the early-career years.

#15

Wytheville Community College

Wytheville, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
305 Yearly Degrees
$4,725 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Wytheville Community College is 2,244, which includes 802 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

Approximately 5% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,677 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,863 during the early-career years.

#16

Advanced Technology Institute

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
302 Yearly Degrees
$13,200 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 461 students at ATI in total, 461 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Of the accepted students, 91% are men and 9% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at ATI take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,902 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,740 during the early-career years.

#17

Reynolds Community College

Richmond, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
293 Yearly Degrees
$3,998 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,759 students at Reynolds Community College in total, 2,476 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 10% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,715 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Reynolds Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,188 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Charlottesville, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
280 Yearly Degrees
$4,790 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Piedmont Virginia Community College is 4,864, which includes 1,233 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

9% of PVCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,345 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,519 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
265 Yearly Degrees
$4,710 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Virginia Highlands Community College is 2,086, which includes 843 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

1% of VHCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,816 a year.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from VHCC is $27,792.

#20

Southwest Virginia Community College

Richlands, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
257 Yearly Degrees
$4,703 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,037 full-time undergraduates at Southwest Virginia, and 2,295 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,183 during the early-career years.

#21

Blue Ridge Community College

Weyers Cave, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
226 Yearly Degrees
$5,364 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Blue Ridge Community College is 3,462, which includes 1,054 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

11% of BRCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,343 a year. BRCC has a 8.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from BRCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,317 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

New River Community College

Dublin, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
217 Yearly Degrees
$4,697 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at New River Community College is 4,137, which includes 1,540 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 30 to 1.

9% of NRCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,183 a year. The student loan default rate of 12.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from NRCC is $30,864.

#23

Thomas Nelson Community College

Hampton, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
204 Yearly Degrees
$4,806 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,991 full-time undergraduates at TNCC, and 6,256 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

18% of TNCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,095 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,948 during the early-career years.

#24

Fortis College - Richmond

Richmond, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
174 Yearly Degrees
$14,495 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 501 full-time undergraduates at Fortis College - Richmond, and 507 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Roughly 77% of students at Fortis College - Richmond take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,104 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#25

Germanna Community College

Locust Grove, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
173 Yearly Degrees
$4,913 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,329 full-time undergraduates at Germanna Community College, and 7,679 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Approximately 14% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,817 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,705 during the early-career years.

Other Virginia Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 American National University 172
27 The Chrysm Insitute of Esthetics 160
28 Rappahannock Community College 156
29 Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage 152
30 Patrick Henry Community College 151
31 Centura College - Newport News 149
32 The Esthetic Institute 148
33 Centura College - Norfolk 144
34 Standard Healthcare Services - College of Nursing 143
35 Centura College - Chesapeake 139
36 Stratford University 135
37 Fortis College - Norfolk 120
38 Radford University 108
38 Centura College - Richmond Main 108
40 Chester Career College 104
41 Sylvain Melloul International Hair Academy 102
42 American Massage & Bodywork Institute 95
42 Virginia Commonwealth University 95
44 Dabney S Lancaster Community College 88
45 Rudy & Kelly Academy - A Paul Mitchell Partner School 86
46 Riverside College of Health Careers 84
47 Paul Mitchell the School Mclean 78
47 Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach 78
49 CET, Alexandria 76
50 Eastern Virginia Career College 74
51 Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Chesapeake 70
52 Dermal Science International Aesthetics and Nail Academy 69
53 Norfolk State University 67
54 Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Manassas 61
55 Lotus School of Integrated Professions 59
56 Centura College - Virginia Beach 57
57 Paul Mitchell the School Woodbridge 51
58 Paul Mitchell the School Roanoke 49
59 Virginia Tech 43
59 Virginia State University 43
59 Avi Career Training 43
62 Virginia School of Hair Design 41
63 Centra College of Nursing 39
64 South University, Richmond 37
65 Marymount University 35
66 Cayce/Reilly School of Massage 33
66 Empire Beauty School-Virginia Beach 33
68 Eastern Shore Community College 31
68 Paul D Camp Community College 31
70 Empire Beauty School-Richmond 27
70 George Mason University 27
70 Bristol School of Hair Design 27
73 Another Level Barbering and Cosmetology School 25
73 Institute of Advanced Medical Esthetics 25
75 Empire Beauty School-Midlothian 24
75 Henrico County-Saint Marys Hospital School of Practical Nursing 24
75 Southside College of Health Sciences 24
78 Mary Baldwin University 23
79 Sentara College of Health Sciences 22
80 Saint Michael College of Allied Health 21
80 Culpeper Cosmetology Training Center 21
82 South University, Virginia Beach 19
83 The Art Institute of Virginia Beach 18
84 Columbia College 17
85 Hampton University 16
85 Tomorrow’s Image Barber And Beauty Academy of Virginia 16
87 Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging 15
87 Averett University 15
89 Luckes Beauty Academy 12
89 University of Management and Technology 12
89 Staunton School of Cosmetology 12
92 Central School of Practical Nursing 11
92 Regent University 11
94 Sovah School of Health Professions 10
94 Kenny’s Beauty Academy 10
96 Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing 8
97 Longwood University 5
98 University of Virginia - Main Campus 4
99 Ferrum College 3
100 DeVry University - Virginia 1
100 Suffolk Beauty Academy 1
100 Emory and Henry College 1
100 Eastern Mennonite University 1
104 IGlobal University 0
104 Roanoke College 0
104 Bridgewater College 0
104 University of Lynchburg 0
104 Shenandoah University 0

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