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Virginia Universities, Accredited Colleges, and Degrees

Virginia's public and private colleges and universities serve more than 440,000 full- and part-time graduate and undergraduate students, according to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Notable colleges and universities in Virginia are the University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, George Mason University, and Virginia Tech. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is the commonwealth's coordinating body for its institutions of higher education. The council develops statewide strategic plans that help its institutions meet state educational goals, reviews and approves or disapproves all new academic programs implemented by public colleges and universities, manages initiatives that help improve the access to higher education, and more.

Accredited Colleges & Universities in Virginia

Some of the top colleges in Virginia are the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, and George Mason University. The University of Virginia, the commonwealth's flagship institution, offers undergraduate and graduate programs to its more than 24,000 students at its main campus in Charlottesville. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the university is highly regarded for its business, law, education, nursing, and engineering programs. In its Best Colleges report, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Virginia No. 24 in its ranking of the top national universities, No. 2 among top public schools, and No. 5 among the best undergraduate business programs. However, the institution isn't the only highly-ranked college in Virginia. U.S. News ranked the College of William and Mary No. 33, Virginia Tech No. 72, and George Mason University No. 139 in its ranking of the top national universities.

Accredited Community Colleges in Virginia

There are more than 20 junior colleges in Virginia including Tidewater Community College, the commonwealth's largest two-year school by enrollment. Tidewater Community College offers certificates and associate degree programs in business administration, engineering, computer science, information systems technology, and more to its more than 32,000 students at its campus in Norfolk. The college also offers for-credit and workforce development courses online though myTCC, its course management system. Many of the commonwealth's other junior colleges offer distance learning options as well.

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