3 Virginia Colleges and Universities Are Ranked Among the Best

3 Virginia Colleges and Universities Are Ranked Among the Best

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By Dogwood Staff

September 25, 2023

Virginia is home to some of the nation’s most prestigious educational institutions. Three remarkable Virginia schools have even earned their place among the top universities in the United States. From the historic halls of the University of Virginia to the innovative campus of Virginia Tech and the enduring traditions at William & Mary, these institutions offer diverse experiences for students seeking higher education in the heart of the South.

University of Virginia

The University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson, is a prestigious institution located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Often referred to as Mr. Jefferson’s University or simply The University, it has a rich history and a strong academic tradition. UVA is ranked #24 in National Universities, making it one of the top higher education institutions in the United States.

Only first-year students are required to live on grounds, and many upperclassmen choose to live in off-grounds apartments or fraternity and sorority houses. Greek life is a prominent feature of UVA, with approximately 35% of the student body participating. The university’s athletic teams, known as the Cavaliers or ‘Hoos, compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference and are particularly well-known for their dominant men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.

Tuition and Fees:

  • Out-of-state: $58,950
  • In-state: $22,323

Undergraduate Enrollment (Fall 2022): 17,496

Virginia Tech

Located in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is known for encouraging students to “invent the future.” It’s a research powerhouse with seven research institutes and two university research centers, providing undergraduate and graduate students with ample research opportunities. Virginia Tech is ranked #47 in National Universities.

The university’s sports teams, known as the Hokies, compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia Tech also offers over 600 clubs and organizations, including a robust Greek system with more than 50 fraternities and sororities. 

Freshmen are required to live on campus, where they can enjoy the school’s renowned dining facilities. Students are a significant part of the Blacksburg community, with over half of the town’s residents being enrolled students. 

Tuition and Fees:

  • Out-of-state: $36,090
  • In-state: $15,478

Undergraduate Enrollment (Fall 2022): 30,434

William & Mary

Tied for #53 in national universities, William & Mary holds the distinction of being the second-oldest college in the United States. It was founded by King William III and Queen Mary II of England in 1693. 

Situated in Williamsburg, Virginia, the university offers more than 30 undergraduate programs and over 10 graduate and professional degree programs. Several of its graduate schools, including the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, the School of Education, and the Mason School of Business, are highly ranked.

Students at William & Mary can join the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity, which is the nation’s first academic Greek society, as well as other fraternities and sororities. All freshmen are required to live on campus, and a majority of upperclassmen choose to do the same.

Tuition and Fees:

  • Out-of-state: $48,841
  • In-state: $25,041

Undergraduate Enrollment (Fall 2022): 6,797

The Takeaway

Virginia’s academic landscape is impressive, to say the least. Whether you’re drawn to the historic charm of Charlottesville, the spirit of innovation in Blacksburg, or the rich traditions of Williamsburg, Virginia offers a wealth of educational opportunities. With institutions like the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and William & Mary leading the way, it’s no wonder that Virginia remains a beacon for students seeking excellence in higher education.

This story was generated in part by AI and edited by the Dogwood staff.
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