These Are The 10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Virginia For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  2. Randolph-Macon College
  3. James Madison University
  4. Bridgewater College
  5. Ferrum College
  6. College of William and Mary
  7. University of Richmond
  8. University of Virginia-Main Campus
  9. Longwood University
  10. Radford University

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.

How We Determined The Best Schools In Virginia For Jobs

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 38 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, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Virginia.’

1. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Blacksburg
Employed: 93.62%

2. Randolph-Macon College

Randolph-Macon College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Ashland
Employed: 93.56%

3. James Madison University

James Madison University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Harrisonburg
Employed: 93.32%

4. Bridgewater College

Bridgewater College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Bridgewater
Employed: 93.17%

5. Ferrum College

Ferrum College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Ferrum
Employed: 92.6%

6. College of William and Mary

College of William and Mary

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Williamsburg
Employed: 92.13%

7. University of Richmond

University of Richmond

Source: Wikipedia

Location: University of Richmond
Employed: 92.06%

8. University of Virginia-Main Campus

University of Virginia-Main Campus

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Charlottesville
Employed: 91.95%

9. Longwood University

Longwood University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Farmville
Employed: 91.94%

10. Radford University

Radford University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Radford
Employed: 91.71%

There You Have It — The Best Colleges For Jobs In Virginia

If you’re looking to have a career after college, you should consider applying to any one of the universities and colleges on this list. They have some of the highest rates of employment for not only Virginia, but the entire country.

Here’s a look at the full list of colleges in Virginia by their employment rates 10 years after college.

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Virginia

Rank College Employed
1 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 93.62%
2 Randolph-Macon College 93.56%
3 James Madison University 93.32%
4 Bridgewater College 93.17%
5 Ferrum College 92.6%
6 College of William and Mary 92.13%
7 University of Richmond 92.06%
8 University of Virginia-Main Campus 91.95%
9 Longwood University 91.94%
10 Radford University 91.71%
11 Bluefield College 91.55%
12 Virginia State University 91.49%
13 Averett University 91.43%
14 Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs 91.43%
15 University of Mary Washington 91.31%
16 Hampton University 91.24%
17 Christopher Newport University 91.19%
18 Roanoke College 90.96%
19 Jefferson College of Health Sciences 90.91%
20 Virginia Commonwealth University 90.86%
21 Eastern Mennonite University 90.68%
22 Lynchburg College 90.31%
23 Mary Baldwin University 90.29%
24 Norfolk State University 90.24%
25 Emory & Henry College 89.82%
26 Old Dominion University 89.69%
27 Shenandoah University 89.39%
28 George Mason University 89.06%
29 Virginia Wesleyan College 88.08%
30 Washington and Lee University 88.08%
31 Marymount University 87.82%
32 The University of Virginia’s College at Wise 87.61%
33 Virginia Union University 87.56%
34 Sentara College of Health Sciences 87.37%
35 Randolph College 86.4%
36 Hollins University 83.58%
37 Liberty University 82.07%
38 Southern Virginia University 78.43%
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