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Explore colleges and universities with a focus on what matters most - student success.

  • See what many families actually pay based on income.
  • Learn which schools excel at successfully graduating students.
  • Explore each school's most popular majors, including starting salaries.
  • View statistics on each school's student body such as diversity, the percentage of students receiving federal aid, and the percentage of students who don't return for their second year.

All data sourced from borrowers of federal student loans by the US Department of Education.

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University of Virginia-Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
17,076 undergrad students

Public

4 Year

Suburb

Small
Graduation Rate
94%
Average Cost
$22,006 per year
Percent Admitted
23%

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Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA
1,820 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Town

Small
Graduation Rate
94%
Average Cost
$26,175 per year
Percent Admitted
25%

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William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
6,217 undergrad students

Public

4 Year

Suburb

Large
Graduation Rate
92%
Average Cost
$19,593 per year
Percent Admitted
42%

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA
29,893 undergrad students

Public

4 Year

City

Large
Graduation Rate
85%
Average Cost
$21,301 per year
Percent Admitted
66%

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University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
3,304 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Large
Graduation Rate
84%
Average Cost
$27,050 per year
Percent Admitted
31%

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
19,550 undergrad students

Public

4 Year

City

Large
Graduation Rate
83%
Average Cost
$22,562 per year
Percent Admitted
80%

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Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA
1,698 undergrad students

Public

4 Year

Town

Small
Graduation Rate
78%
Average Cost
$22,025 per year
Percent Admitted
60%

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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
26,514 undergrad students

Public

4 Year

Suburb

Large
Graduation Rate
74%
Average Cost
$19,551 per year
Percent Admitted
89%

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Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA
4,745 undergrad students

Public

4 Year

City

Large
Graduation Rate
74%
Average Cost
$25,855 per year
Percent Admitted
76%

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Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, VA
891 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Small
Graduation Rate
73%
Average Cost
$21,842 per year
Percent Admitted
72%

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Longwood University

Farmville, VA
3,525 undergrad students

Public

4 Year

Town

Large
Graduation Rate
69%
Average Cost
$19,545 per year
Percent Admitted
87%

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Roanoke College

Salem, VA
1,899 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Suburb

Small
Graduation Rate
69%
Average Cost
$26,997 per year
Percent Admitted
78%

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA
21,334 undergrad students

Public

4 Year

City

Large
Graduation Rate
68%
Average Cost
$20,490 per year
Percent Admitted
91%

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University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA
3,981 undergrad students

Public

4 Year

Suburb

Large
Graduation Rate
67%
Average Cost
$23,193 per year
Percent Admitted
75%

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Marymount University

Arlington, VA
2,011 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Small
Graduation Rate
67%
Average Cost
$22,856 per year
Percent Admitted
85%

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Randolph-Macon College

Ashland, VA
1,551 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Suburb

Small
Graduation Rate
67%
Average Cost
$25,551 per year
Percent Admitted
71%

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Hampden-Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA
881 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Rural

Small
Graduation Rate
66%
Average Cost
$30,746 per year
Percent Admitted
47%

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University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA
1,801 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Small
Graduation Rate
64%
Average Cost
$23,134 per year
Percent Admitted
97%

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Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA
1,552 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Suburb

Small
Graduation Rate
63%
Average Cost
$20,457 per year
Percent Admitted
76%

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Radford University

Radford, VA
7,267 undergrad students

Public

4 Year

Suburb

Large
Graduation Rate
63%
Average Cost
$16,505 per year
Percent Admitted
79%

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Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA
2,152 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Small
Graduation Rate
63%
Average Cost
$30,878 per year
Percent Admitted
74%

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