# 2022 best colleges in Virginia

Read more**Net cost**: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

**Earnings**: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

**Payback**: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

**Earnings plus**: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

**Rankings**: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earnings*plus *performance.

#### University of Virginia-Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $34,064

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $43,036

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, Virginia

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $30,175

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $28,926

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### William & Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $21,739

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $23,164

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $18,284

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $26,326

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $17,376

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Radford University

Radford, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $7,399

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $11,835

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Hampden-Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $22,462

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $12,043

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $6,694

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $5,176

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### The University of Virginia's College at Wise

Wise, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $1,929

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Randolph-Macon College

Ashland, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $10,304

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Roanoke College

Salem, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $7,786

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $7,122

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, Virginia

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $6,506

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.