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Complete Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Virginia – 2014 Top Online Schools

Use the directory below to discover the accredited online degree programs available in Virginia. Filter by criteria like size, location, degree levels, campus setting, and type of school to find the best program to fit your needs.

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Virginia has more than 147 post-secondary institutions. Of these, 27 offer online programs. A total of eight are public four-year colleges or universities and two are public community or technical colleges and 17 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 359 online certificate programs, 2,515 online associates programs, 5,516 online bachelors programs, 2,143 online masters programs, 2,787 online professional programs, and 644 online doctoral programs. Architecture, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering are examples of subjects offered by these programs.

Of the online colleges in Virginia, Liberty University offers the most number of programs online. It is a 4-year research university. Liberty University offers 151 online programs. These programs are offered in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Nursing
  • Allied Health
  • Anesthesiology
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Design
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Elementary Education
  • Emergency Management
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Information
  • Healthcare
  • Healthcare Administration


Tuition for online college courses varies depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. In Virginia, the average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities was $5,700 per year. Public community and technical colleges charged students an average of $3,009 per year. Private accredited online college tuition ranged from $4,000 to $27,000 per year.

To offset tuition costs, Virginia college students received an estimated $21,052,934,084 worth of financial aid each year. While some of this aid was in the form of loans that had to be paid back, around 40.06% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. Institutional grants account for a reported 73.95% of the scholarships and grants. In 2010, the accredited Virginia online colleges granted their students $6,816,574,079 in institutional scholarships and grants.

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Based on the total gross state product for Virginia, which was $419.193 billion in 2010, Virginia has the 10th strongest economy amongst the states in the nation.

The state has a total workforce of approximately 3,527,350 employees. The three largest industries in the state are:

  • Agriculture
  • Administration
  • Infrastructure

Of Virginia employees, 1% are working in the agriculture industry. Another 14% of workers are employed in the administration industry. Also, 4% are working in the infrastructure industry.

The average wage in Virginia is more than the national average. The national average annual income is $42,871, while employees in Virginia earn an average annual income of $47,840. The median income for employees is $35,740 per year, with the top 10% earning over $95,470 per year and the bottom 10% earning under $17,520 per year. The highest paid employees are anesthesiologists, while the lowest paid employees in the state are booth cashiers. Virginia anesthesiologists can make up to $236,760 per annum, while booth cashiers in the state can make as little as $16,905 per year. In the nation, anesthesiologists earn an average salary of $220,100 annually. On the other hand, booth cashiers around the US earn $24,420 per year on average.

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Virginia, which is located in the Southeast region of the United States, is named in honor of Elizabeth, “Virgin Queen” of England. With an area of 42,775 square miles, it is the 17th smallest state in the country. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 57°F.

Of the states in the country, Virginia has the 12th largest population. It has an estimated population of 8,001,024 residents residing in its 135 counties. Approximately 40% of those living in Virginia are less than 30 years old. With approximately 35% of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state’s population diversity is average when compared with that of other states in the US.

Virginia’s capital city is Richmond. However, the state’s largest city is Virginia Beach, which has a population of 437,994 residents. Approximately 18.27% of the state’s residents live in the Virginia Beach metropolitan area. Some of the other populous cities in Virginia are Norfolk, Chesapeake, Arlington, and Richmond.

As compared to residents in other states around the nation, Virginia residents generally have a lower than average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, approximately 17% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 5.1% have at least an associates degree, 3.9% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.