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Online Colleges in Virginia

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By 2020, 67 percent of the jobs in Virginia are expected to require education beyond high school, according to a Georgetown University study. Luckily, the strong presence of online colleges in Virginia can help those who want to prepare for a higher-skill job. Pursuing an online degree program can still allow you to work, care for your family, and fulfill other responsibilities. It also means that that you can begin or advance your career by completing a degree at your own pace.

Here's a brief overview of online colleges in Virginia:

  • The 62 online schools in Virginia are about equally split between public and private institutions.
  • Associate degrees can be earned at 41 of these colleges and bachelor's degrees can be attained at 37. For online graduate degree programs, 36 institutions award master's degrees and 15 confer doctorates.
  • The most online programs are available through Liberty University — 127 — and Old Dominion University — 50.
  • Virginia has several online colleges that focus on nursing or other health care professions.
  • More than a dozen Christian institutions in Virginia offer online degree programs.

Virginia also participates in the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus, an online database that lists thousands of degree programs and courses from colleges across the South. Commonwealth leaders hope that by growing the availability of online programs, especially in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health, they can make Virginia the best-educated state in the U.S. by 2030.

Keep reading to learn about our rankings of the top online colleges in Virginia, the importance of attending an accredited online degree program, and how you can help pay for your education through Virginia specific scholarships and grants.

What Makes a Good Online College?

Virginia employers expect the workers they hire to have learned specific skills and knowledge during their education, so it's imperative for students to find schools that can teach them what they need to know. To make the search easier, we have created the following rankings of the best online schools in Virginia.

When creating our rankings, we only look at schools that have achieved official accreditation. That is because schools accredited by organizations like the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools have been found to meet state-established standards for factors such as curriculum, faculty, and research produced by the institution. More information about accreditation and its relationship to educational quality is described on the Virginia Department of Education's website and our "What is College Accreditation?" page.

Our rankings are compiled with online students' concerns in mind, from financial to educational. We assess schools based on factors such as tuition costs, average amount of financial aid, academic services, career services and credit offerings. For more information about the criteria we use to choose the schools on our lists and why we chose them, read the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Virginia for 2018-19

Virginia's fine private and public colleges both offer students a variety of online programs. Below are listed our picks for the top 10 online colleges in Virginia, based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). We analyzed this data with our unique methodology, looking at factors such as acceptance rate and net price to find the best colleges in the state.

For more details on our methodology, see the bottom of this page. Alternately, use our methodology to create your own, hands-on rankings with our Top Colleges Tool.

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1

Liberty University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$21,310
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
89%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
127
School Type
4-year

Distance learners can light their path to a Christian-influenced higher education at Liberty University, home of the Division I Flames. As part of their commitment to the "Three A's" — "Affordability, Accessibility, & Academic Quality" — Liberty offers online degree programs of all levels in fields such as education, aeronautics, Christian ministry, professional writing and business.

Liberty's online student body has access to generous resources that include online tutoring, an online writing center, study aids and IT support. The university even has an Office of Online Student Life, where students can watch campus events, connect with campus pastors and counselors, join student support groups and utilize student counseling.

 
2

Old Dominion University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,050
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
50
School Type
4-year

Old Dominion University is a Military Friendly Schools Gold Award recipient, as they tailor certain programs towards the credits earned through prior military experience. Their online programs allow students to complete a bachelor's, master's or doctorate program in subjects such as finance, criminal justice, civil engineering, nursing and literacy coaching.

Online resources at ODU include academic program advisors, technical support, tutoring, mentoring, online libraries and online tutorials through the Writing Center. The university also offers advice for online learning — such as how to earn your degree while working full-time — and has an "Online Student's Guide to ODU Traditions" to help students feel close even when they're learning from out-of-state.

 
3

George Mason University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,924
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
25%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
32
School Type
4-year

As Virginia's largest public research university, George Mason University offers online learners program options in various fields, including both fully online and hybrid courses in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Online students can make virtual appointments with the Online Writing Lab, remotely access library collections, obtain strategies for distance learning success and even benefit from health and wellness aids at a distance. And despite their distance, GMU also encourages online students to become engaged in organizations, leadership experiences and school spirit — students near and far are inspired to cheer on the school's Patriots in a variety of Division I sports.

 
4

Norfolk State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,036
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
44%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
5
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1935, Norfolk State University offers a handful of online graduate degree programs — including cybersecurity and urban education — and a number of undergraduate degree programs in fields such as business, health services and psychology. They also offer a certificate program in health services management.

Online students at NSU have access to a great number of resources, including academic advisors, career services, a student success center, the counseling center and an online library catered specifically to distance learners. The school also provides live, interactive, virtual webinars, as well as a student orientation course to help new distance learners adjust to the online course environment.

Prospective students continuing their education should note that NSU may transfer up to 90 approved credits from other institutions or military transcripts, and up to 30 from CLEP/DSST exams.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Location:

700 Park Avenue, Norfolk,
VA 23504
 
5

Hampton University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$25,441
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
40%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
24
School Type
4-year

Hampton University is steeped in rich history. Its campus was erected around the Emancipation Oak, site of the first Southern reading of the Emancipation Proclamation as well as the first class taught to a group of previously enslaved refugees in 1861.

The school offers a multitude of fully online degree programs, including several philosophy Ph.D. programs, a handful of master's programs, and over a dozen undergraduate degree programs in the fields of nursing, business, aviation management and more. Student support resources at HU include access to the library, advisors, and centers for writing, counseling and career services.

In addition to credit earned from other accredited institutions, transfer students should note that Hampton University strives to also award credit derived from military training, credit-by-examination and life experience.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Location:

100 E. Queen Street, Hampton, VA 23668
 
6

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,230
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
21
School Type
4-year

Best known as simply "Virginia Tech," Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers multiple online and hybrid master's degree programs: urban planning, education, foreign languages and environmental sciences, to name a few. Students of these programs can access academic program advisors, library collections, career services, counseling, tutoring from the Student Success Center and much more, all at a distance.

Dedicated to the spirit of community regardless of physical location, Virginia Tech strives to provide online learners with a sense of belonging as part of Hokie Nation. A bit of fun school trivia: the term "Hokie" actually originated when it was used in a new school cheer known as "Old Hokie" in the late 1800s, after it was decided that the college's full name was just too long to use when cheering on the school.

 
7

Mary Baldwin University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$31,110
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin University has long been innovative in its desire to serve students, and its distance learning programs are no exception. Baldwin Online and Adult Programs was actually the first program in the state of Virginia designed specifically to offer women and men the ability to earn their degrees later in life.

Students at MBU can choose to pursue a degree program in one of several different subjects, including business, criminal justice, social work, health care, education and more. The university endeavors to help its distance learners succeed by maintaining 15 in-person support locations at their campuses throughout Virginia, as well as one-on-one support from teachers and advisors via phone and email.

Prospective students may transfer up to 90 hours of previous credits earned at other regionally accredited institutions, or through credit-by-examination, military service, and/or life experience.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Location:

318 Prospect Street, Staunton,
VA 24401
 
8

University of Virginia-Main Campus

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$16,853
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22
School Type
4-year

The University of Virginia's online education offerings consist primarily of various certificates, mostly in business (eMarketing, project management) or technology (cybersecurity, information technology). However, there are also a handful of bachelor's degree programs, as well as a cohort-based Master of Public Safety program. Student resources may vary by program of study, but generally, online students are afforded access to academic advisors and graduate coordinators for master's programs.

Prospective transfer students should note that a limited number of transfer students are admitted, and successful transfer applicants who enroll at UVA must spend at least two full years in residency at the university.

 
9

Virginia Commonwealth University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,624
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
24%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
19
School Type
4-year

Virginia Commonwealth University boasts a series of firsts, such as being the first southern school of social work and the first to perform organ transplants in Virginia. Though VCU may not be the first to offer online courses, they do offer multiple degree and certificate programs entirely online, including but not limited to the following master's programs:

  • Homeland security and emergency preparedness
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Addiction studies
  • Special education

VCU affords online learners access to personal tutoring, academic coaching, peer-based support through the Writing Center, library resources, Career Center support and transition resources for transfer students (including evaluating credits earned from non-traditional sources such as study abroad sessions, CLEP tests and certain high school exams).

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Location:

910 W Franklin St, Richmond,
VA 23284
 
10

Regent University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$17,288
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
90%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
31
School Type
4-year

A "regent" is defined as someone representing a king in his absence, and students of the nonprofit Regent University are expected to represent Christ in whatever field their calling may be. Online students can find that calling in undergraduate programs offered by Regent's College of Arts & Sciences, or graduate programs made available by Regent's seven graduate schools.

To help students judge their comfort with online learning, Regent University has a series of online learning tips and an introductory course that can help students become accustomed to the digital classroom before they decide to take the leap. Transfer students may be able to obtain credit towards a bachelor's degree program for approved previous college-level coursework, military credit, Advanced Placement exams, experiential credit and more.

 

 

Affordable Online Colleges in Virginia for 2018-19

The following list presents some of the most affordable schools in Virginia. Tuition figures are reported by the schools to the National Center for Education Statistics and reflect in-state tuition.

For students interested in choosing their own measures of quality, the Top Colleges Tool provides rankings of Virginia schools based on measures you can choose yourself.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Southside Virginia Community College$4,58332%5southside.edu
    New River Community College$4,58552%4nr.edu
    Southwest Virginia Community College$4,59158%15sw.edu
    Danville Community College$4,59817%1dcc.vccs.edu
    Mountain Empire Community College$4,59844%10mecc.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Virginia Baptist College$5,68079%8vbc.edu
    Bethel College$8,10091%5bcva.edu
    Virginia Beach Theological Seminary$8,21050%1vbts.edu
    Norfolk State University$9,03644%5nsu.edu
    University of Management and Technology$9,45099%38umtweb.edu

Financial Aid Resources in Virginia

The State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) is the body that circulates information about financial aid opportunities to Virginia college students. Through their website, students can gain a wealth of helpful information, such as an introduction to Virginia529, the country's largest tax-incentive college savings plan. For more information on how the state of Virginia sets its college students up for financial success, read our summary of Virginia's scholarships, grants and loans below.

What Grants and Scholarships are Available in Virginia?

Most of Virginia's scholarship opportunities are decentralized into institutions of higher learning. Students should check with their chosen institution for a complete list of the scholarship opportunities available to them. However, some scholarships and most grants are still offered to students directly, rather than through a college or university. Let's take a look at some of the options open to Virginia students.

1.James F. Powell Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, a Virginia native, and enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours per semester). Applicant should have a minimum combined SAT I score of 1100. Selection is based upon need and merit. Applicant must submit FAFSA.
Award Amount
$3,000
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
Renewable for up to four years.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
2.Floyd-Francis Memorial Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, be a Virginia resident, be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours per semester), and demonstrate financial difficulty and academic achievement. Entering freshman and transfer applicants should have a minimum combined SAT I score of 1100. Returning student applicant should have a minimum 3.0 Quality Credit Average (QCA). Applicant must submit FAFSA.
Award Amount
$500
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.VHSL Allstate Achievement Award
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Students must be from a Virginia high school in Group 1A through 6A. Applicants must show participation in VHSL activities and other school or community activities. They must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Award Amount
$1,500
Application Deadline
March 15
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.Lee Jackson Foundation Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a junior or senior in a Virginia public or private high school or home school who plans to attend an accredited four-year college or university in the United States as a full-time student. Essay required.
Award Amount
$10,000
Application Deadline
February 3
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Want more on grants and/or scholarships? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Grants and Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

Student Loans in Virginia

The state of Virginia no longer offers college loans to students directly. SCHEV, which sets the rules for state financial aid, has passed the responsibility of handling applications for student loans to the individual institutions of higher learning. For example, the University of Virginia, like many universities in the state, processes their student loans through the federal government. The first step for any loan is to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which determines a student's eligibility for financial support. In addition to federal loan programs, the state offers two loan forgiveness programs. See the details below for more information.

With this program, a teacher who has taught full-time for five years in educational settings that serve low-income families could be eligible for forgiveness on certain loans.

 

  • Application deadline:  Check with the Virginia Department of Education for more information.
  • Award amount:  Check with the Virginia Department of Education for more information.
Employees at government organizations and not-for-profit organizations may be eligible for this program, which forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans. Candidates must work full-time and have made at least 120 payments.

 

  • Application deadline:  Contact your federal loan servicer for more information.
  • Award amount:  Contact your federal loan servicer for more information.

For more information on loans, read the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Virginia

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Virginia

A recent national survey placed three Virginia universities -- UVA, Virginia Military Institute and the College of William and Mary -- in the top three spots on a list of the most expensive U.S. colleges for out-of-state students. That said, there are ways by which non-resident students can defray some of the traditional costs of out-of-state tuition.

  • Undergraduates in participating states from Delaware to Texas can make use of the Academic Common Market, a regional student exchange program maintained by the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) that offers in-state tuition rates to out-of-state students planning to study in specialized fields
  • Graduate students who have been awarded assistantships as a part of their admission package may be able to receive waivers for the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition

If you want to avoid out-of-state tuition by the conventional route, Virginia requires that you first establish domicile by engaging in a range of the following duties while living in the state:

  • Paying income tax
  • Registering a vehicle
  • Registering to vote
  • Becoming employed
  • Obtaining a VA driver's license
  • Owning real property

If you're a dependent student, questions about the above requirements pertain to your parents instead of you personally. For more information, check with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia or reach out to a registrar or adviser at your intended university.

 
 
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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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