The Best Virginia Colleges

The Best Colleges in Virginia for 2024

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Virginia as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2024 as the best overall college in Virginia is Washington and Lee University. The top rated public state college is University of Virginia Main Campus. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


31 results

Washington and Lee University
W
Lexington, VA

Washington and Lee University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 2,238enrollment
  • $27,148net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1410-1530SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.87Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Richmond
R
University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Virginia

  • 3,890enrollment
  • $25,700net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Virginia Main Campus
V
Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in America

  • 26,005enrollment
  • $19,043net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1500SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.85Estimated Avg GPA

College of William and Mary
W
Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in America

  • 9,517enrollment
  • $18,588net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.85Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Virginia Tech
V
Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#20 Best Public Universities in America

  • 37,279enrollment
  • $20,247net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1410SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.97Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Virginia Military Institute
V
Lexington, VA

Virginia Military Institute

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 1,652enrollment
  • $18,969net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1300SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Eastern Mennonite University
E
Harrisonburg, VA

Eastern Mennonite University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 1,342enrollment
  • $22,766net price
  • 95%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1590SAT range
  • 25-34ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

George Mason University
G
Fairfax, VA

George Mason University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 38,628enrollment
  • $18,285net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1350SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

University of Mary Washington
M
Fredericksburg, VA

University of Mary Washington

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 3,956enrollment
  • $22,569net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1320SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

James Madison University
J
Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 22,166enrollment
  • $18,592net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1310SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.57Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Christopher Newport University
C
Newport News, VA

Christopher Newport University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 4,584enrollment
  • $25,393net price
  • 89%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1320SAT range
  • 25-29ACT range
  • 3.79Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Roanoke College
R
Salem, VA

Roanoke College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 1,863enrollment
  • $27,975net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1230SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA

Randolph Macon College
R
Ashland, VA

Randolph Macon College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 1,501enrollment
  • $26,061net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1218SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Virginia Commonwealth University
V
Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 28,594enrollment
  • $20,566net price
  • 93%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1300SAT range
  • 20-29ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 18

Marymount University
M
Arlington, VA

Marymount University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 3,555enrollment
  • $24,224net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 970-1170SAT range
  • 20-28ACT range
  • 3.38Avg GPA

Shenandoah University
S
Winchester, VA

Shenandoah University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 4,287enrollment
  • $31,089net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1230SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Old Dominion University
O
Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 23,494enrollment
  • $17,162net price
  • 96%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1220SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Virginia Wesleyan College
V
Norfolk, VA

Virginia Wesleyan College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 1,324enrollment
  • $23,512net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1380SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA