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112 Colleges
16,576 Yearly Graduations
$53,397 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$28,617 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly trade school graduations, Virginia is ranked #19 in the country with 16,576 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $13,349 per year to get their degree at a college in Virginia, while out of state students will pay an average of $17,491 per year.

About 55% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $7,154 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 13,487, of which 13,142 students are undergraduates and of those, 13,005 are full-time. For undergraduates at ECPI University, the average graduation time is 4.0 years.

About 71% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 69% of students at ECPI University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,161 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 ECPI University is $29,000.

#2

Tidewater Community College

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

The total student population at Tidewater Community College is 19,064, which includes 6,693 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

27% of Tidewater Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,399 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.2% 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

There are 15,540 full-time undergraduates at Northern Virginia Community College, and 51,822 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

Approximately 19% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,827 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Northern Virginia Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
577 Yearly Degrees
$12,206 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,895 undergraduates at JMU, of which 18,798 are full-time, and there are 21,820 students altogether. JMU has a freshman retention rate of 90%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 75%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Approximately 43% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,401 a year. JMU has a 2.3% 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 JMU is $44,400.

#5

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
498 Yearly Degrees
$10,680 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 23,675 students at Old Dominion in total, 19,176 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 14,702 are full-time. For undergraduates at Old Dominion, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,262 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.9% which is much lower than the average 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 6,716, which includes 1,951 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Roughly 11% of students at Lord Fairfax Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,443 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Lord Fairfax Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

There are 1,784 full-time undergraduates at Virginia Western Community College, and 6,303 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Roughly 14% of students at Virginia Western Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,557 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.3% 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

The total student population at Central Virginia Community College is 3,813, which includes 1,298 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

12% of Central Virginia Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,099 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,700 during the early-career years.

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

There are 3,219 students at Southside Virginia Community College in total, 1,016 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 27 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
$15,471 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Tidewater Tech-Trades is 420, which includes 307 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

70% of Tidewater Tech-Trades students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,810 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 24.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Tidewater Tech-Trades is $20,500.

#11

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
379 Yearly Degrees
$16,118 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Liberty University is 85,586, of which 47,025 students are undergraduates and of those, 28,487 are full-time. For undergraduates at Liberty University, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 30%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

59% of Liberty University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,133 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.0% is very similar to the national average 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

There are 1,054 full-time undergraduates at Danville Community College, and 2,813 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 13% of students at Danville Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,208 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.5% 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 10,152, which includes 2,581 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Roughly 13% of students at John Tyler Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,570 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from John Tyler Community College is $27,500.

#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 1,028 full-time undergraduates at MECC, and 2,313 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

Roughly 1% of students at MECC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $2,285 a year.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,100 during the early-career years.

#15

Reynolds Community College

Richmond, Virginia
Public Public vs. Private
318 Yearly Degrees
$4,998 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,711 students at Reynolds Community College in total, 2,606 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 10% of students at Reynolds Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,043 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Reynolds Community College is $24,800.

#16

Stratford University

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

The total student population at Stratford University is 2,373, of which 1,975 students are undergraduates and of those, 558 are full-time. It takes the average Stratford University undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

27% of Stratford University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,997 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.3% 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

The total student population at Thomas Nelson Community College is 7,314, which includes 2,184 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at TNCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,852 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.6% 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
$8,280 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 741 undergraduates at American National University, of which 270 are full-time, and there are 799 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

95% of American National University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,005 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from American National University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $18,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Advanced Technology Institute

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

There are 504 students at ATI in total, 504 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 95% are men and 5% are women.

Roughly 51% of students at ATI take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,842 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,900 during the early-career years.

#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 2,909, which includes 636 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 $23,400 during the early-career years.

#21

Piedmont Virginia Community College

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

There are 1,116 full-time undergraduates at PVCC, and 5,312 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 13% of students at PVCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,144 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 PVCC is $26,700.

#22

Wytheville Community College

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

There are 914 full-time undergraduates at WCC, and 2,450 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Roughly 5% of students at WCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,360 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.4% 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 3,834, which includes 1,212 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 15% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,246 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,100 during the early-career years.

#24

Germanna Community College

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

There are 2,202 full-time undergraduates at Germanna Community College, and 7,225 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 14% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,483 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.9% is very similar 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

There are 1,169 full-time undergraduates at Patrick Henry, and 2,238 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

1% of Patrick Henry students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $10,724 a year.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,300 during the early-career years.

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 Jefferson College of Health Sciences 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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