Virginia Private Colleges

Virginia features 27 private colleges with liberal arts degrees and small class sizes.

Private colleges in Virginia offers liberal arts degrees without the large class sizes of public universities. Students interested in private colleges in Virginia focus on the 27-member schools of the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia. These schools span the state of Virginia from the Chesapeake Bay in the northeast to the Appalachian Mountains in the southwest. The following schools balance diverse programs of study with scholarship programs to reduce the costs of private college educations.

Lynchburg College

Lynchburg College issues bachelor’s degrees in biomedical science, sports management and other academic fields. This Virginia private college helps defray tuition costs with scholarships as of January 2010 ranging from the $3,000 Achievement Award to the $14,000 Hopwood Scholarship. The school’s Knight-Capron Library houses thousands of books and journals along with computer labs to help students complete projects. All students must stay in the six residence halls and four apartments at Lynchburg College until they reach senior status. Lynchburg College hosts art exhibits at the Dillard Fine Arts Center and sporting events at Shellenberger Field and Turner Gym.

Lynchburg College

1501 Lakeside Drive

Lynchburg, VA 24501

(434) 544-8100

Roanoke College

Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, offers 34 majors ranging from international relations and mathematics to music. Students looking to cut down on tuition apply to seven scholarships at Roanoke College including the William Beard Scholarship, which pays for full tuition and housing. The Residence Life department at Roanoke College maintains 26 residence halls to accommodate students through graduation. This Virginia private college funds dozens of student organizations including the Paintball Club, the College Democrats and WRKE Radio. Roanoke College hosts speakers at the Collet Campus Center and basketball games at C. Homer Bast Center.

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Roanoke College

221 College Lane

Salem, VA 24153

(540) 375-2500

Randolph-Macon College

Students at Randolph-Macon College select from undergraduate majors such as Greek, studio arts and political science. This Virginia college assists students in financial need through its Presidential Scholars program, which offers up to $20,000 per year as of January 2010. The school maintains 13 residence halls with activities and dining to serve the needs of freshmen and sophomores. Students spend time outside of the classroom exercising at the Brock Center and watching astronomy shows at the Keeble Observatory. Randolph-Macon College hosts more than 80 student organizations including the Yellow Jacket newspaper and the Running Club.

Randolph-Macon College

204 Henry St.

Ashland, VA 23005

(804) 752-7200

Emory & Henry College

Emory & Henry College attracts students with bachelor’s degrees in academic fields like art, languages and theater. The school’s financial aid office connects students to information about the Bonner Scholars Program, the E&H Access Grant and other aid options. Emory & Henry College features nine residence areas complete with meeting spaces, dining and common rooms to make students more comfortable. Students stay busy in their free time with theatrical performances at Byars Hall and golf at Lynch Links. This private college also offers more than 70 student activities such as the student-run WEHC radio station and the Student Art Association.

Emory & Henry College

30479 Armbrister Drive

Meadowview, VA 24361

(276) 944-4121