2020 Best Online Colleges in Virginia

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 2/18/2020
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This list highlights the best online schools in Virginia based on annual tuition rates and reported alumni salaries. The University of Virginia is ranked #1 and offers an annual tuition of $13,260 with a median salary of $103,300. Students can choose from many degree concentrations for its Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. Norfolk State University offers the most affordable tuition rate at $5,752 each year for degrees such as a Bachelor of Science in Business or a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Mid-Career Salary
# 1 #1 University of Virginia $13,260 $103,300
# 2 #2 Hampton University $9,000 $80,500
# 3 #3 Old Dominion University $10,680 $79,400
# 4 #4 Jefferson College of Health Sciences $7,922 $79,000
# 5 #5 Virginia Commonwealth University $14,596 $75,400
# 6 #6 Radford University $11,350 $71,900
# 7 #7 Eastern Mennonite University $14,940 $69,100
# 8 #8 Norfolk State University $5,752 $62,500
# 9 #9 Liberty University $11,700 $61,900
# 10 #10 Averett University $14,400 $59,000
# 11 #11 Virginia Wesleyan University $12,768 $58,000
# 12 #12 Bluefield College $10,950 $56,500
# 13 #13 Mary Baldwin University $15,180 $56,300
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2020 Online Colleges in Virginia Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 University of Virginia

  • Annual Tuition: $13,260
  • Median Salary: $103,300
  • Locations: Charlottesville
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

The University of Virginia offers online degree programs for those seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as 21 online certificate programs. Undergraduate degree programs are offered in the fields of business, cybersecurity, early childhood, health care management, information technology, liberal arts, health sciences management, and nursing. Graduate degree programs are available in education, engineering, data science, and teaching. There are also many additional stand-alone online courses available through UVA online. The university’s online learning department offers students digital resources and support as well as tutorials for how to succeed in an online education environment.

#2 Hampton University

  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Median Salary: $80,500
  • Locations: Hampton
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Hampton University offers 30 degree and certificate programs that can be completed entirely online. Students receive their education through Hampton University’s web-based virtual campus in an asynchronous course-delivery system, allowing students to work and study at their own pace. Online students can take advantage of a host of resources to support their education, including access to the university’s entire library catalog and research resources, an online writing center, academic advising, counseling, the career center, disability resources, and more. Students access their course materials through the Blackboard learning management system.

#3 Old Dominion University

  • Annual Tuition: $10,680
  • Median Salary: $79,400
  • Locations: Norfolk
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Old Dominion University offers a wide range of online degree programs through its ODU Online department, including 73 undergraduate programs, 42 master’s degrees, several doctoral programs, and more than 30 graduate certificate programs. Virtual office hours and regular web conferencing allow online students to interact and form genuine connections with their professors and peers. While many classes are delivered asynchronously, some courses are held online in real-time, offering a more traditional college experience.

#4 Jefferson College of Health Sciences

  • Annual Tuition: $7,922
  • Median Salary: $79,000
  • Locations: Roanoke
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is part of Radford University. The school offers 18 online degree programs and two online graduate certificate programs. Students can pursue degrees in emergency services, healthcare administration, community and public health, occupational therapy, and more. There is also an online RN to BSN program for nursing students. Graduate certificates are available online in bioethics and healthcare administration. Online students have access to academic advising, the career center, disability resources, financial aid counselors, McConnell Library, and the university’s writing center.

#5 Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Annual Tuition: $14,596
  • Median Salary: $75,400
  • Locations: Richmond
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Virginia Commonwealth University offers 21 fully online degree programs and six online graduate certificate programs through its Online@VCU program. Online degree programs span a wide range of topic areas, including homeland security, addiction studies, health administration, clinical laboratory sciences, education, nursing, occupational therapy, leadership, and more. All course materials are delivered through the Blackboard learning management system. Online students can access a variety of support services through the VCU Division of Student Affairs, including academic advisors, the campus writing center, career services, and the full library catalog.

#6 Radford University

  • Annual Tuition: $11,350
  • Median Salary: $71,900
  • Locations: Radford
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Radford University offers several undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can be completed entirely online, as well as 10 graduate certificate programs. Subject areas include health, criminal justice, education, business, fine arts, cybersecurity, Appalachian studies, design thinking, professional writing, and more. Online students are able to access a host of services to help them succeed throughout their program, including academic advising, the career center, disability resources, financial aid counselors, McConnell Library, and the university’s writing center.

#7 Eastern Mennonite University

  • Annual Tuition: $14,940
  • Median Salary: $69,100
  • Locations: Harrisonburg
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Eastern Mennonite University offers multiple online degree and certificate programs. Students can pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing or an MBA without having to step foot on campus. A school nurse graduate certificate can also be completed entirely online. Eastern Mennonite University also offers a variety of hybrid degree programs that combine online and on-campus classes. Online programs are delivered mostly asynchronously, allowing students to work and study when it is most convenient for them. Students use the Moodle learning management system to access their course materials and interact with peers and instructors.

#8 Norfolk State University

  • Annual Tuition: $5,752
  • Median Salary: $62,500
  • Locations: Norfolk
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Norfolk State University offers seven undergraduate and six graduate degree programs that can be completed entirely online. Topic areas include business, history, psychology, tourism, education, cyber security, healthcare administration, and more. The university’s office of extended learning offers support services for online students to help ensure success throughout their program. Tools such as Adobe Connect Enterprise are used to host large-scale web conferences, creating a more traditional classroom feel. Students use the Blackboard learning management system to access course materials.

#9 Liberty University

  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Median Salary: $61,900
  • Locations: Lynchburg
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Liberty University offers a wide variety of online degree programs for those seeking associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees, as well as certificate programs in fields including education and biblical studies. Hundreds of degrees can be completed entirely online and are delivered with a Christian worldview. Online courses are offered in a flexible eight-week format, with eight different start dates throughout the year, allowing students to mold their schedules in the way that works best for them. Online students can contact academic advisors and technical support teams throughout their entire program to help ensure their success.

#10 Averett University

  • Annual Tuition: $14,400
  • Median Salary: $59,000
  • Locations: Danville (and 13 others)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Averett University offers about 20 degree programs that can be completed entirely online. Program areas include business administration, applied science, computer information systems, criminal justice, accountancy, physical education, sociology, nursing, education, and more. All Averett University online courses are accessed through the Canvas learning management system where students can also take part in class discussions, watch videos, take quizzes, and communicate with their peers and professors. Online students are assigned a student success counselor from enrollment through completion of their program.

#11 Virginia Wesleyan University

  • Annual Tuition: $12,768
  • Median Salary: $58,000
  • Locations: Norfolk
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Virginia Wesleyan College offers 10 bachelor’s degrees and a Master of Business Administration degree program that can be completed entirely online. Online undergraduate programs are available in fields such as criminal justice, business, and social sciences. Students can complete their online degree program in as little as 12 months. All class terms are less than eight weeks, and course start times happen six times per year. Virginia Wesleyan College’s online courses keep class rosters small, giving students increased access to their professors.

#12 Bluefield College

  • Annual Tuition: $10,950
  • Median Salary: $56,500
  • Locations: Bluefield
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Bluefield College has several undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can be completed entirely online, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs in the areas of education, business, science, ministry, and more. Online students can access a number of services to support their educational experience, including academic advisors, math and writing labs, tutoring services, testing support services, access to the full college library catalog and all its research resources, as well as support regarding technology and student accounts.

#13 Mary Baldwin University

  • Annual Tuition: $15,180
  • Median Salary: $56,300
  • Locations: Staunton
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Mary Baldwin University offers a wide range of fully online certificate, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs through MBU Online. Degree fields include English, business, occupational therapy, criminal justice, health sciences, education, and more. Online students have access to academic advising and cost and financial aid services. Students who are active military or veterans can take advantage of increased online flexibility through Mary Baldwin University’s status as a Yellow Ribbon Program school. Students with previous college, job, or life experience have the opportunity to transfer up to 90 hours toward their degree.

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