Private Colleges of Virginia

An aerial view of a private college campus in Virginia in the fall.

The Commonwealth of Virginia boasts a diverse collection of colleges and universities, ranging from large public institutions to private, independent colleges. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia reports the oldest of these institutions is The College of William and Mary, founded in 1693, while the newest is the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, established in 2010.

Virginia’s private colleges and universities have a strong presence throughout the state, serving regions that do not have 4-year public colleges like Roanoke, Lynchburg, Winchester, and Danville. The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) represents many of these institutions, offering students a wide range of choices for pursuing their higher education goals. Whether students are looking for a large research university or a small, specialized college, Virginia has something for everyone.