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Higher Education

The Richmond region and Central Virginia are home to nearly 30 schools and 80,000 students that feed the talent pool, including a number of well-known, four-year institutions of higher learning. There is also a well-managed, jobs-focused community college system.

Colleges & Universities in a 100-mile radius of Hanover County

Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA

  • Private, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences located in the Town of Ashland.
  • Offers more than 30 majors to approximately 1,145 undergraduate students.

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Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (formerly Medical College of VA), Richmond, VA

  • Ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral Research - University Extensive.
  • 26,000 students in more than 170 degree and certificate programs
  • College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Schools of Allied Health Professions, Arts, Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work
  • A unique Master’s degree program in advertising taught in an ad agency environment
  • John B. Fenn, research professor in the Department of Chemistry and affiliate professor of Chemical Engineering at VCU, was one of three recipients of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

  • Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the nation’s first undergraduate school of leadership studies
  • Law school and undergraduate and graduate business schools

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Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA

  • A private, coeducational, liberal arts institution founded in 1865 to provide a quality education to young African-Americans.

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Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA

  • One of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions
  • 236-acre main campus and 416-acre agricultural research facility at Randolph Farm;
  • Degrees conferred in 30 undergraduate majors and 19 graduate level majors.

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College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

  • The second oldest college in the US, William and Mary is known for its excellent liberal arts education.
  • 5,500 undergraduates can select from 29 bachelor’s degrees.
  • 2,000 graduate students Master’s and doctorate degrees in arts and sciences, business administration, education, law, marine science and public policy are offered.

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University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

  • An enrollment of almost 19,000 students and is the region’s largest employer.
  • Nationally recognized medical, law, and business schools, the university is a major resource for existing and new businesses located in the region.
  • Research in medicine and engineering, which is often conducted in consort with area companies.

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Community Colleges 

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSRCC) has three campuses and four centers for business and industry that serve the Greater Richmond region. John Tyler Community College (JTCC), with two campuses in Chesterfield County, has an extensive array of degree programs, continuing education and customized training programs for businesses in their service area.

An innovative, new program, the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), is a cooperative venture between JSRCC and JTCC that will provide consolidated training and workforce development programs to provide expanded services to businesses throughout the region.