2019 Best Online Colleges in Virginia

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This list highlights the best online schools in Virginia for affordability. The University of Virginia is ranked #1 and offers an annual tuition of $12,900 annually with a median annual salary of $103,300. Students can choose from many degree concentrations for its Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. George Mason University also provides an affordable cost at $9,060 each year for degrees such as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 University of Virginia $12,900 $103,300
#2 #2 George Mason University $9,060 $94,300
#3 #3 Hampton University $9,300 $80,500
#4 #4 Old Dominion University $10,560 $79,400
#5 #5 Jefferson College of Health Sciences $26,416 $79,000
#6 #6 Shenandoah University $4,960 $69,000
#7 #7 Eastern Mennonite University $36,760 $69,100
#8 #8 Liberty University $11,700 $61,900
#9 #9 Averett University $14,400 $59,000
#10 #10 Bluefield College $24,520 $56,500

2019 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.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,900
  • Median Salary: $103,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Through its School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), UVA offers three online degrees and fifteen certificate programs. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) is a degree completion program, with a variety of concentrations available including cybersecurity and early childhood. UVA's Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Science Management (B.P.H.M) is designed for students with technical backgrounds. Total program cost for the B.I.S. is $25,000, while the B.P.H.M. is $31,560. An impressive new program is the Master of Public Safety (M.P.S.), training students in such topics as relational policing and threats to public safety. Tuition is $1,275 per credit. Online tuition for active military is reduced to $250 per credit.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,060
  • Median Salary: $94,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Through Mason Online, George Mason University offers more than 60 online or hybrid degree programs and certificates. Among the undergraduate online degrees is a B.F.A. in Game Design. Undergraduate tuition is $1,355 per credit. The broad range of graduate programs includes an M.S. in Biodefense and an M.S. in Bioinformatics. Graduate tuition varies by program, from $775 per credit in the College of Education, to $900 per credit in the College of Health and Human Services, to $950 in the College of Business. GMU is Virginia's largest research university. Its proximity to the Washington metro area means its faculty has unusually close connections with government agencies. GMU offers online students access to after-hours nursing advice from Student Health Services.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • Median Salary: $80,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Hampton
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Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). HU’s extensive online program offers more than 25 degrees, including six doctoral degrees. The respected B.S. in Aviation Management is the only such program offered by an HBCU. Another online undergraduate program offered is an accelerated R.N.to B.S.N. Master's programs include the M.S. in Sport Administration and the M.A. in Counseling. Doctoral degrees include the Ph.D. in Nursing and the Ph.D. in Education Management. Tuition is affordable at $300 undergrad and $695 graduate, per credit hour. Military personnel with 2+ years of honorable service can have military training converted to academic credit. Hampton also offers free noncredit online courses to enhance professional development.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,560
  • Median Salary: $79,400
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Norfolk
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Old Dominion University has offered online programs for 30 years. Currently, ODU's massive online presence offers more than 80 degrees. The programs are particularly impressive in education, nursing, and engineering. Among the programs are the B.S. in Cybercrime and the M.S. in Aerospace Engineering. The engineering programs have connections with NASA and other key agencies. A remarkable 97% of students are satisfied by their ODU experience. The unusually extensive support for online students includes full access to academic advising and other services. ODU is exceptionally military friendly. Tuition for active duty military is $250 per credit for undergraduate courses. Tuition for other students is also exceptionally affordable at $389 per undergraduate and $568 per graduate credit. The university is located in Norfolk, Virginia.

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  • Annual Tuition: $26,416
  • Median Salary: $79,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Roanoke
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Jefferson College of Health Sciences offers highly rated online degrees in the field of healthcare. Jefferson is fully integrated with Roanoke's Carilion Medical Center and is discussing a merger with Virginia's Radford University. The result will be an extraordinarily strong and innovative healthcare curriculum. Among the six bachelor's programs offered are a B.S. in Emergency Services and an accelerated B.S. in Health Science. Master's programs include an M.S.N. in Nursing Administration. Doctoral programs include the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy and the Doctor of Health Science. Tuition is $350 per credit for the R.N. to B.S.N., $425 per credit undergrad and $795 for master's and doctoral programs. Jefferson is accredited through SACS's Commission on Colleges.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,960
  • Median Salary: $69,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Winchester
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Shenandoah University offers a dozen online degrees and certificates. The dual M.P.H. and Physician's Associate program trains students to work with rural and underserved populations. The M.S. in Nurse Midwifery focuses on women's natal care. The Nontraditional Doctor of Pharmacy (N.T.D.P.) degree is designed for registered pharmacists. The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (T.D.P.T.) is designed for practicing professionals. Some programs require on-campus intensive residency sessions. Shenandoah has seven different colleges and each sets its own tuition. The R.N. to B.S.N. program is $910 per credit. Graduate Public Health courses are $685 per credit. The NTDP and the TDPT programs are $700 per credit, and Physician's Assistant Studies program is $875 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $36,760
  • Median Salary: $69,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Harrisonburg
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Eastern Mennonite University offers four online degree programs and a variety of certificates and non-credit courses. Due to EMU's strong association with the Mennonite Church, courses stress leadership for the common good. An innovative new program is the Collaborative M.B.A., offered in conjunction with other Mennonite colleges. The M.S. in Nursing incorporates the concept of covenant, which posits that the nurse-patient relationship is both medical and spiritual. The Doctor of Nursing Practice, offered in conjunction with Goshen College, can be completed in 22 months. Tuition varies by program and is very affordable. The R.N. to B.S.N. program is $405 per credit. The M.B.A. tuition is $759 per credit, and the D.N.P. is $780 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Median Salary: $61,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Liberty University offers more than a hundred online degree programs. Liberty has a strong Christian affiliation, and classes reflect that perspective. Among the degrees available are a B.A. in Aviation, an M.A. in Ethnomusicology, and Doctor of Worship Studies. LU has a program of webinars to make online students feel like they are truly members of the community. Academic advising and other services for online students are exceptional. The university is extremely military friendly. Military undergraduate tuition is $250 per credit and $275 for graduate programs. General undergraduate tuition is $455 per credit, master's programs are $615 per credit, and doctorate programs are $650 per credit. The university is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Accreditation is through SACS Committee of Colleges.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,400
  • Median Salary: $59,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: 14 Cities
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Founded in 1859, Averett University offers flexible online education opportunities for distance learners. In Averett's IDEAL program (Individually Designed Education for Adult Learners), students work closely with an adviser who helps evaluate past experience for academic credit.  In this program, students can design a degree from six fields including business and sociology. Averett's traditional online degrees include a Bachelor of Business Administration and an M.Ed. with four tracks to choose from. Two of their newer graduate programs are an M.S. in Applied Data Analytics and an M.S. in Criminal Justice. Tuition is $480 a credit for bachelor's courses, including the IDEAL program. M.Ed. tuition is $497 per credit and the M.B.A. program is $655 per credit.

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  • Annual Tuition: $24,520
  • Median Salary: $56,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Bluefield
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Bluefield College has ten online degree programs and offers an affordable online tuition rate of $365 per credit hour. Their online bachelor's program includes a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, a B.S. in Cybersecurity, and a B.A. in Ministry Leadership. Two online graduate degrees are available: an M.A. in Education (Bluefield's first graduate program) and an M.B.A., which may be completed in one year. The college defines itself as an inclusive Christ-centered learning community, and this philosophy is reflected in curriculum content. Student resources, such as the online Smarthinking program, are available to online students. The college seeks particularly to serve students from rural southwest Virginia, where it is located. Bluefield is accredited by SACS.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Virginia (46)

Virginia's Regent University Online offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees to distance students, including degrees in business, divinity, public administration and human services. Liberty University offers over 400 degree programs, including prominent programs in criminal justice, information systems and information technology. Popular online degree programs found at other in-state universities cover subjects including nursing, education, engineering and science. Old Dominion University, for instance, offers one bachelor's, six master's, and two doctoral degrees in nursing. It also receives a 100% recommendation rate from current and former students, while Virginia Baptist College offers the most competitive tuition of the colleges on this list, at $5,540 per year.

At a Glance:

  • 43% of accredited online universities in Virginia offer degrees for under $11,000 per year.
  • Virginia's CyberSecurity Public Service Scholarship Program offers up $20,000 per year to eligible students who are within two years of completing an undergraduate or graduate degree in cybersecurity defense and sign an agreement to work in state government post-graduation.
  • The Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) Program is neither need-based nor merit-based, rather it is intended for any students attending private Virginia colleges and universities. All eligible and timely applicants receive a grant award from the available funds, which can total as much as $11,000 over a 4-year course of undergraduate study.

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