Biological & Biomedical Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia

20 Colleges
3,561 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,571 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in VirginiaIn 2018-2019, biological and biomedical sciences students earned 3,561 bachelor's degrees from a Virginia school, making the subject the 5th in the state. This means that of the 126,493 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 2.8% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia ranking, we looked at 20 colleges that offer a bachelor's in biological and biomedical sciences. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. For this ranking, we are identifying those biological and biomedical sciences schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools in Virginia

Check out the biological and biomedical sciences programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools

Our rankings recognize Randolph - Macon College as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Randolph - Macon is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Ashland. Randolph - Macon did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia list.

At Randolph - Macon, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,683. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Randolph - Macon is about $124,880. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. Virginia Tech also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia list, coming in at #1.

The average student at Virginia Tech graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $33,298 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $142,182 to get a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA

Bridgewater College comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Bridgewater, Bridgewater is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Bridgewater about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,429. This means that the average student pays around $108,095 to get a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

Christopher Newport University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. CNU is a small public school located in the medium-sized city of Newport News. CNU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at CNU is 4.2 years, and it costs about $34,379 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from CNU is about $142,673. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Virginia Military Institute. VMI is a small public school located in the distant town of Lexington. VMI also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia list, coming in at #2.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at VMI is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,586. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the VMI is $167,053. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to George Mason University. GMU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax. As a testament to the quality of education offered at GMU, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia ranking.

At GMU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $39,365. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from GMU be around $172,812. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Radford University

Radford, VA

Radford University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Radford is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Radford.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Radford is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,611. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Radford is $107,058. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Our rankings recognize James Madison University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a very large student population. JMU also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia rankings.

The average student at JMU graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,972. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the JMU is $146,419. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA

Virginia State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Virginia State is a small public school located in the large suburb of Petersburg.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Virginia State is 4.6 years, and it costs about $23,563 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Virginia State is $108,390. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Virginia Commonwealth University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. VCU is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Richmond. In addition to being on our best value list, VCU has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at VCU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $37,651. This means that the average student pays around $165,664 to get a bachelor’s degree from VCU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 1,083
Florida 6,957
Georgia 3,742
North Carolina 4,042
Alabama 1,964
Tennessee 1,764
West Virginia 629
South Carolina 2,455
Louisiana 1,577
Kentucky 1,219
Arkansas 906

Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 2,856
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 282
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 220
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 69
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 34

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 3,378
Computer & Information Sciences 3,198
Physical Sciences 1,070
Mathematics & Statistics 902
Natural Resources & Conservation 539

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 20 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Kelly White.

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