Virginia's Best Online Schools for 2017

San Francisco (PR WEB) April 11, 2017 - The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has released its picks for Virginia’s best online colleges and universities in 2017. Of the 18 four-year schools that made the list, George Mason University, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Hampton University took the top five spots. Of the 16 two-year colleges that also made the list, Tidewater Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Central Virginia Community College, Northern Virginia Community College and Piedmont Virginia Community College were top schools.

“There are more opportunities than ever for students to earn a certificate or degree from an accredited school by going online,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “These Virginia colleges and universities distinguished themselves by offering a quality, accredited education in an online format that allows students with busy schedules or geographical limitations to earn a degree on their own schedule.”

To earn a spot on the “Best Online Schools in Virginia” list, colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also judged based on additional metrics including financial aid availability, the number of student services, academic counseling student/teacher ratios and graduation rates.

For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit:

Virginia’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following:
  • Bluefield College
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • George Mason University
  • Hampton University
  • James Madison University
  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Liberty University
  • Longwood University
  • Lynchburg College
  • Marymount University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Regent University
  • Shenandoah University
  • University of Virginia-Main Campus
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Virginia University of Lynchburg
Virginia’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following:
  • Central Virginia Community College
  • John Tyler Community College
  • Lord Fairfax Community College
  • Mountain Empire Community College
  • New River Community College
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Patrick Henry Community College
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Rappahannock Community College
  • Reynolds Community College
  • Southside Virginia Community College
  • Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Tidewater Community College
  • Virginia Western Community College
  • Wytheville Community College

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