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The Best Colleges in Virginia Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in Virginia as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Virginia ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading the 2019 ranking as the best college in Virginia is University of Virginia Main Campus.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Virginia
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 University of Virginia Main Campus 51 76 19
2 Washington and Lee University 56 57 49
3 College of William and Mary 65 132 48
4 University of Richmond 71 109 112
5 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 169 830 124
6 Virginia Military Institute 335 370 321
7 Hollins University 287 279 485
8 Hampden Sydney College 363 419 379
9 James Madison University 391 1,001 137
10 Eastern Mennonite University 745 403 405
11 Liberty University 452 91 991
12 Roanoke College 495 741 320
13 University of Mary Washington 392 927 279
14 Randolph Macon College 494 587 565
15 George Mason University 313 1,177 449
16 Bridgewater College 743 340 591
17 Hampton University 943 133 711
18 Sweet Briar College 711 1,460 303
19 Virginia Commonwealth University 393 1,278 769
20 Emory and Henry College 744 898 592
21 Randolph College 661 1,316 486
22 Virginia Wesleyan College 791 831 956
23 Jefferson College of Health Sciences 790 156 1,639
24 University of Lynchburg 710 1,002 808
25 Shenandoah University 624 1,242 1,057
26 Regent University 660 1,085 1,384
27 Old Dominion University 623 1,315 886
28 Southern Virginia University 1,041 436 1,524
29 Mary Baldwin College 622 1,499 922
30 Longwood University 870 1,439 564
31 Averett University 1,145 549 1,184
32 Virginia Union University 1,158 216 1,461
33 Marymount University 871 1,440 955
34 The University of Virginia's College at Wise 944 1,086 1,252
35 Averett University Non Traditional Programs 1,849 439 282
36 Ferrum College 1,090 899 1,425
37 Bluefield College 1,070 1,409 1,316
38 Christopher Newport University 1,734 897 484
39 Virginia State University 1,163 1,410 1,217
40 Norfolk State University 1,137 1,392 1,385
41 Radford University 1,735 970 673
42 Virginia Intermont College 1,157 1,539 1,513

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.