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112 Colleges
16,576 Yearly Graduations
$54,756 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,383 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Virginia ranked #19 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2019. Around 16,576 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $13,689 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $17,803 a year.

About 56% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,846 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
2,366 Yearly Degrees
$16,639 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. For undergraduates at ECPI University, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

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

Approximately 67% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,983 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 ECPI University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
1,387 Yearly Degrees
$5,561 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 16,769 students at Tidewater Community College in total, 5,806 are 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 17.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Tidewater Community College is $24,500.

#3

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
726 Yearly Degrees
$5,610 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northern Virginia Community College is 52,873, which includes 15,551 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 28 to 1.

Roughly 17% of students at Northern Virginia Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,709 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,200 during the early-career years.

#4

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
577 Yearly Degrees
$12,330 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. For undergraduates at JMU, the average graduation time 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 average amount of student loans is $8,938 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from JMU is $44,400.

#5

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
498 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. Around 44% of accepted students 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. Old Dominion has a 7.0% 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 $35,500 during the early-career years.

#6

Lord Fairfax Community College

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

The total student population at Lord Fairfax Community College is 6,337, which includes 1,889 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,842 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,100 during the early-career years.

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

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

13% of Virginia Western Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,489 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,800 during the early-career years.

#8

Central Virginia Community College

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

There are 1,143 full-time undergraduates at Central Virginia Community College, and 3,370 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 6% of students at Central Virginia Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,328 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Central Virginia Community College is $23,700.

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

The total student population at Southside Virginia Community College is 3,123, which includes 994 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 $19,900 during the early-career years.

#10

Tidewater Tech-Trades

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

The total student population at Tidewater Tech-Trades is 436, which includes 329 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 average amount of student loans is $6,844 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Tidewater Tech-Trades with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
379 Yearly Degrees
$15,460 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. For undergraduates at Liberty University, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

About 50% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

57% of Liberty University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,154 a year. Liberty University has a 8.5% 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 $32,100 during the early-career years.

#12

Danville Community College

Danville, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
351 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.

13% of Danville Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,408 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Danville Community College is $19,900.

#12

John Tyler Community College

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

The total student population at John Tyler Community College is 9,440, which includes 2,173 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,559 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from John Tyler Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Mountain Empire Community College

Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
341 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.

Roughly 1% of students at MECC take out loans to pay for college. 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 $20,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Reynolds Community College

Richmond, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
318 Yearly Degrees
$4,998 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.

Roughly 10% of students at Reynolds Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,715 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Reynolds Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Stratford University

Fairfax, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
313 Yearly Degrees
$15,130 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,947 students at Stratford University in total, 1,682 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 480 are full-time. It takes the average Stratford University undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

Roughly 55% of students at Stratford University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,499 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Stratford University is $33,900.

#17

Thomas Nelson Community College

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

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

Roughly 18% of students at TNCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,095 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TNCC is $23,500.

#18

American National University

Salem, Virginia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
297 Yearly Degrees
$10,772 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at American National University is 931, of which 810 students are undergraduates and of those, 289 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 39 to 1.

Roughly 92% of students at American National University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,317 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from American National University is $18,000.

#19

Advanced Technology Institute

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

The total student population at Advanced Technology Institute is 461, which includes 461 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

About 70% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 91% are men and 9% are women.

58% of ATI students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,902 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 24.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from ATI is $31,900.

#20

Rappahannock Community College

Glenns, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
271 Yearly Degrees
$4,820 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Rappahannock Community College is 2,629, which includes 647 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Students who graduate from RCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Charlottesville, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
243 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.

Roughly 9% of students at PVCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,345 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from PVCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Wytheville Community College

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

There are 2,244 students at WCC in total, 802 are 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. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Blue Ridge Community College

Weyers Cave, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
223 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. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from BRCC is $27,100.

#24

Germanna Community College

Locust Grove, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
204 Yearly Degrees
$4,585 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.

14% of Germanna Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,817 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Germanna Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Patrick Henry Community College

Martinsville, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
195 Yearly Degrees
$4,720 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Patrick Henry Community College is 2,050, which includes 1,026 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 2% of students at Patrick Henry take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,283 a year.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Patrick Henry is $20,300.

Other Virginia Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Virginia Highlands Community College 193
27 Southwest Virginia Community College 185
28 Fortis College - Richmond 184
29 New River Community College 181
30 Standard Healthcare Services - College of Nursing 170
31 The Esthetic Institute 137
31 Centura College - Chesapeake 137
33 Centura College - Norfolk 134
34 The Chrysm Insitute of Esthetics 125
35 Dabney S Lancaster Community College 121
36 Radford University Carilion 120
37 Eastern Virginia Career College 118
38 Dermal Science International Aesthetics and Nail Academy 114
39 Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage 109
40 Fortis College - Norfolk 104
41 Bryant & Stratton College - Virginia Beach 103
42 Rudy & Kelly Academy - A Paul Mitchell Partner School 95
43 Virginia Commonwealth University 91
44 Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Chesapeake 90
45 American Massage & Bodywork Institute 87
46 Paul Mitchell the School Mclean 86
47 CET, Alexandria 84
48 Centura College - Newport News 79
48 Chester Career College 79
48 Riverside College of Health Careers 79
51 Centura College - Richmond Main 72
52 Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Manassas 63
53 Sylvain Melloul International Hair Academy 60
53 Centura College - Virginia Beach 60
53 Norfolk State University 60
56 Paul Mitchell the School Woodbridge 56
57 Eastern Shore Community College 53
57 Marymount University 53
59 Virginia State University 45
59 South University, Richmond 45
61 Empire Beauty School-Virginia Beach 44
62 South University, Virginia Beach 41
63 Centra College of Nursing 40
64 Virginia Tech 38
65 Avi Career Training 37
66 Paul D Camp Community College 36
66 Institute of Advanced Medical Esthetics 36
68 Paul Mitchell the School Roanoke 35
69 Henrico County-Saint Marys Hospital School of Practical Nursing 33
70 Cayce/Reilly School of Massage 32
70 Lotus School of Integrated Professions 32
72 George Mason University 31
73 The Art Institute of Virginia Beach 30
74 Sentara College of Health Sciences 29
75 Bristol School of Hair Design 28
75 University of Management and Technology 28
77 Empire Beauty School-Richmond 26
78 Tomorrow’s Image Barber And Beauty Academy of Virginia 21
78 Empire Beauty School-Midlothian 21
80 Columbia College 20
80 Southside College of Health Sciences 20
80 Hampton University 20
83 Central School of Practical Nursing 19
84 Averett University 17
84 Mary Baldwin University 17
86 Saint Michael College of Allied Health 15
86 Columbia College 15
88 Staunton School of Cosmetology 14
88 Ferrum College 14
88 Culpeper Cosmetology Training Center 14
91 University of Lynchburg 13
91 Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging 13
93 Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing 12
93 Radford University 12
93 Regent University 12
96 Sovah School of Health Professions 11
97 Virginia School of Hair Design 10
97 Another Level Barbering and Cosmetology School 10
99 Luckes Beauty Academy 9
100 Shenandoah University 8
100 Bridgewater College 8
102 University of Virginia - Main Campus 7
103 Emory and Henry College 6
104 Suffolk Beauty Academy 5
105 Roanoke College 4
105 Longwood University 4
107 DeVry University - Virginia 1
107 University of Phoenix - Virginia 1
107 Kenny’S-Beauty-Academy 1
107 Averett University - Graduate & Professional Studies 1
111 IGlobal University 0
111 Eastern Mennonite University 0

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