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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.
Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.
Compared to a lot of other states, Virginia has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.
All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in VA, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in Virginia.
The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in Virginia:
If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of Virginia has to offer.
Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.
We limited the analysis to the 37 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in Virginia that offer at least a bachelors degree.
Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.
The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, James Madison University, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Virginia.’
|1||James Madison University||94.35%|
|2||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||93.83%|
|3||University of Richmond||93.11%|
|6||University of Mary Washington||92.43%|
|9||Christopher Newport University||92.21%|
|10||Virginia State University||92.14%|
|11||University of Virginia-Main Campus||92.14%|
|12||Emory & Henry College||91.96%|
|13||College of William and Mary||91.87%|
|16||Norfolk State University||91.16%|
|17||Eastern Mennonite University||91.04%|
|18||Virginia Wesleyan University||90.88%|
|19||Virginia Commonwealth University||90.88%|
|21||Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs||90.81%|
|22||Jefferson College of Health Sciences||90.8%|
|25||University of Lynchburg||90.54%|
|26||Old Dominion University||90.05%|
|29||George Mason University||89.33%|
|30||Virginia Union University||88.68%|
|31||Mary Baldwin University||88.34%|
|32||The University of Virginia’s College at Wise||88.3%|
|37||Southern Virginia University||80.87%|
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