Our Colleges

Virginia's private colleges and universities have a long and distinguished tradition of excellence and a nationwide reputation for quality. The 27 member colleges of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) have played a vital role in developing the state's tradition of academic excellence.

Virginia's 27 private colleges are extremely diverse. They include:

  • single sex and coeducational institutions
  • historically black colleges
  • highly selective institutions
  • institutions which serve the average college-bound student
  • graduate and professional schools
Private colleges in Virginia provide a wide variety of academic programs in supportive environments with excellent facilities. They offer many advantages and are more affordable than you might think.


  • They offer outstanding faculty, small classes, and extensive interaction between professors and students. At Virginia's private colleges, the top priority of the faculty is teaching rather than individual research.
  • There are also many opportunities for extracurricular activities and leadership development, and all colleges make available a wide range of academic support services.
  • Virginia's private colleges send a large percentage of students on to graduate and professional school, and job-seeking students have remarkable success in securing career-related employment after graduation.


  • All CICV members with undergraduate programs have Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation, the same as Virginia’s 2- and 4-year public colleges
  • The Appalachian College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
  • The Appalachian School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association.

Virginia private colleges have a presence in every region of the state, including several cities that do not have a 4-year public college (Roanoke, Lynchburg, Winchester, and Danville).

Click here to learn more about our Virginia private colleges and universities.


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Appalachian College of Pharmacy
Appalachian School of Law
Averett University
Bluefield University
Bridgewater College
Eastern Mennonite University
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Emory & Henry College
Ferrum College
George Washington University - VA
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampton University
Hollins University
Liberty University
Mary Baldwin University
Marymount University
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Roanoke College
Shenandoah University
Southern Virginia University
Sweet Briar College
University of Lynchburg
University of Richmond
Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - VA
Virginia Union University
Virginia Wesleyan University
Washington and Lee University
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