10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Virginia For 2019

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. James Madison University
  2. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  3. University of Richmond
  4. Radford University
  5. Bridgewater College
  6. University of Mary Washington
  7. Hampton University
  8. Ferrum College
  9. Christopher Newport University
  10. Virginia State 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 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.’

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Virginia

Rank College Employed
1 James Madison University 94.35%
2 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 93.83%
3 University of Richmond 93.11%
4 Radford University 93.02%
5 Bridgewater College 92.6%
6 University of Mary Washington 92.43%
7 Hampton University 92.4%
8 Ferrum College 92.24%
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%
14 Roanoke College 91.82%
15 Randolph-Macon College 91.5%
16 Norfolk State University 91.16%
17 Eastern Mennonite University 91.04%
18 Virginia Wesleyan University 90.88%
19 Virginia Commonwealth University 90.88%
20 Averett University 90.81%
21 Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs 90.81%
22 Jefferson College of Health Sciences 90.8%
23 Longwood University 90.79%
24 Shenandoah University 90.71%
25 University of Lynchburg 90.54%
26 Old Dominion University 90.05%
27 Bluefield College 89.98%
28 Marymount University 89.41%
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%
33 Randolph College 87.21%
34 Hollins University 84.93%
35 Regent University 83.54%
36 Liberty University 82.27%
37 Southern Virginia University 80.87%
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