2019 Best Online Community Colleges in Virginia

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These 10 community colleges in Virginia are all great options for students hoping to earn an online associate degree or certificate online from a school in their state. Ranked #2, Patrick Henry Community College offers 22 different online associate degrees, more than any other school on this list. Tuition is just $4,620 per year. New River Community College follows closely behind at #3, and this school's tuition is even more affordable at only $4,286 per year.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Campus Location
#1 #1 Northern Virginia Community College $5,412 Annandale (VA)
#2 #2 Patrick Henry Community College $4,620 Martinsville (VA)
#3 #3 New River Community College $4,286 Dublin (VA)
#4 #4 Lord Fairfax Community College $4,774 Middletown (VA)
#5 #5 Tidewater Community College $4,836 Norfolk (VA)
#6 #6 Southwest Virginia Community College $4,774 Richlands (VA)
#7 #7 Rappahannock Community College $4,774 Glenns (VA)
#8 #8 Blue Ridge Community College - VA $5,542 Weyers Cave (VA)
#9 #9 John Tyler Community College $4,800 Chester (VA)
#10 #10 Danville Community College $5,082 Danville (VA)

2019 Online Community Colleges in Virginia - 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: $5,412
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Annandale
  • Online Associate Degrees: 15
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Northern Virginia Community College offers a number of online associate degrees, including an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. This liberal arts program is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year school to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree, and students who choose this program have the option to concentrate in English, communication studies, or international studies. Online certificates offered by NVCC include bookkeeping, which provides instruction on how to qualify for entry-level jobs in accounting; and administration of justice, a program designed for students who want to take only courses related to law enforcement.

Online Associate Degrees (15)

Online Certificate Programs (17)

  • Annual Tuition: $4,620
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Martinsville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 22
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Patrick Henry Community College offers several online certificates in the area of business. Students can choose from certificates in general business or business technology. The business technology certificate offer students the opportunity to specialize in culinary and hospitality, entrepreneurship/small business, or bookkeeping. The school also offers various online Associate of Arts degrees in areas such as business administration, health technology, information technology, and general studies as well as online Associate of Applied Science degrees in areas such as information systems technology and business technology.

Online Associate Degrees (22)

Online Certificate Programs (5)

  • Annual Tuition: $4,286
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Dublin
  • Online Associate Degrees: 9
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New River Community College offers online associate degrees such as an Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology, which is designed to prepare students for careers as administrative assistants, receptionists, or office managers. This two-year, 66-credit program offers concentrations in medical administrative support and paralegal administrative support. NRCC also offers an online Accounting Certificate, which gives students enough background to qualify for an accounting job within a year; and a Word Processing Certificate that trains students in basic-level word processing and prepares them to meet the technological demands of the office.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,774
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Middletown
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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Lord Fairfax Community College’s online educational programs consist of Associates of Arts and Sciences degrees and certificate programs. Associates of Arts and Sciences degrees are available in business administration, which focuses on accounting, economics, and finance;  education, which prepares students for teacher licensure; general studies, which is a comprehensive, two-year general degree program that requires no declaration of a major; and liberal arts, a program that allows students to major in a wide range of fields in the liberal arts or social sciences. Five online certificate options are also available at LFCC: health science, general education, general business, pre-allied health, and education - early childhood education.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $4,836
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Norfolk
  • Online Associate Degrees: 16
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Online associate programs offered by Tidewater Community College include an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with concentrations in forensic science, homeland security, and public law; and an Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology with specializations in occupational safety, industrial supervision, quality assurance, and industrial maintenance technology. Students can also earn online certificates in accounting specialist, general education, and law enforcement. The law enforcement certificate provides a foundation in criminal justice and includes courses such as Criminal Law and Ethics and The Criminal Justice Professional.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,774
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Richlands
  • Online Associate Degrees: 12
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Southwest Virginia Community College offers several Career Studies Certificates online. Options include a management specialist certificate, which helps students develop their management skills; a cybersecurity certificate that teaches students how to defend networks and recognize threats; and a computed tomography certificate, which prepares students to become contributing members of an allied health interdisciplinary unit. Associate degrees offered online by SVCC include an Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology and an Associate of Arts & Sciences in Early Childhood Development.

Online Associate Degrees (12)

Online Certificate Programs (10)

  • Annual Tuition: $4,774
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Glenns
  • Online Associate Degrees: 6
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Rappahannock Community College’s online offerings include certificates in accounting and law enforcement; career studies certificates in computer applications specialist and game design and development; and Associate of Applied Science degrees in criminal justice, health-STEM, and business administration. All of the Associate of Applied Science degrees offered at Rappahannock are transfer degree programs, meaning that they are designed to give students the classes required to transfer to the institution of their choice. Two-year transfer degrees provide a cost-effective way for students to earn their undergraduate degree.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,542
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Weyers Cave
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Blue Ridge Community College - VA offers two online degrees. The first is an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, a degree for students seeking jobs or professional improvement in the business or accounting fields. Required courses for this 67-credit-hour degree include Principles of Accounting, Business Mathematics, Psychology of Personal Adjustment, and Cost Accounting. The second degree is an Associate of Applied Science in Management, a program designed for those wanting to develop their business skills. This 61-credit-hour program includes courses such as Principles of Management, Database Fundamentals, Business Law I, and Financial Management.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Chester
  • Online Associate Degrees: 5
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John Tyler Community College offers seven online Career Studies Certificates, including museum studies, which provides an introduction to the museum field and development for those already employed by museums; supervision, which helps students develop skills required for supervisory roles in organizations; and business information management, a cross-discipline curriculum that provides a foundation in information technology and business management. JTCC also offers various online associate degrees, including Associate of Applied Science degrees in business management and Associate of Science degrees in business administration and general studies.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,082
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Danville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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Danville Community College’s online Associate of Applied Science in Marketing with an electronic commerce specialization is a four-semester program for students interested in internet marketing and web design in both B2B and B2C transactions. The program can be beneficial both for students seeking entry-level jobs in e-commerce and for those already employed in the field or a related area. DCD also offers online certificate programs in the fields of logistics management, project management, website design, and cybersecurity technician.

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