Top Rated Virginia Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in Virginia for 2022

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in Virginia as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2022 as the best public college in Virginia is College of William and Mary. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


13 results

College of William and Mary
W
Williamsburg, VA
College of William and Mary

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in America

  • 8,939enrollment
  • $18,588net price
  • 42%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1490SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.28Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Virginia Main Campus
V
Charlottesville, VA
University of Virginia Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in America

  • 25,628enrollment
  • $19,043net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.31Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Virginia Tech
V
Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Tech

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#24 Best Public Universities in America

  • 37,024enrollment
  • $20,247net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1370SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.96Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Virginia Military Institute
V
Lexington, VA
Virginia Military Institute

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 1,698enrollment
  • $18,969net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1260SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

George Mason University
G
Fairfax, VA
George Mason University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 38,541enrollment
  • $18,285net price
  • 89%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1300SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

James Madison University
J
Harrisonburg, VA
James Madison University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 21,594enrollment
  • $18,592net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1280SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.57Estimated Avg GPA

University of Mary Washington
M
Fredericksburg, VA
University of Mary Washington

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 4,293enrollment
  • $22,569net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1270SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.64Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Virginia Commonwealth University
V
Richmond, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 29,070enrollment
  • $20,566net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1250SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Old Dominion University
O
Norfolk, VA
Old Dominion University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 24,286enrollment
  • $17,162net price
  • 95%acceptance rate
  • 960-1170SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 15

The University of Virginia's College at Wise
V
Wise, VA
The University of Virginia's College at Wise

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 1,905enrollment
  • $9,418net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 980-1170SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Longwood University
L
Farmville, VA
Longwood University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 4,841enrollment
  • $21,446net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 960-1140SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Virginia State University
V
HBCU
Petersburg, VA
Virginia State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 4,020enrollment
  • $18,332net price
  • 96%acceptance rate
  • 820-1000SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 2.85Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Norfolk State University
N
HBCU
Norfolk, VA
Norfolk State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 5,457enrollment
  • $15,657net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 840-1020SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 2.9Avg GPA