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2021 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Virginia

15 Colleges
3,561 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,051 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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.

This year's Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Virginia ranking analyzed 15 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in biological and biomedical sciences. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent biological and biomedical sciences programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the biological and biomedical sciences program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Virginia

Check out the biological and biomedical sciences programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Top 10 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University has taken the #1 spot in this year's biological and biomedical sciences ranking for non-traditional students. GMU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. GMU did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.1%. There are approximately 10,589 students at GMU that take at least one class online. About 11,606 of the students at GMU are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Virginia Tech, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. Approximately 8,844 students take at least one class online at Virginia Tech. There are roughly 2,711 part time students in attendance at Virginia Tech.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Virginia Commonwealth University. VCU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Richmond. VCU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. There are approximately 8,072 students at VCU that take at least one class online. 5,396 of VCU students are attending part time. VCU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, University of Virginia has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia ranking.

The student loan default rate at University of Virginia is lower than is typical, just 1.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,445 students at University of Virginia that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,130 part time students in attendance at University of Virginia.

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#5

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

Our rankings recognize Old Dominion University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Old Dominion is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Norfolk.

The student loan default rate at Old Dominion is lower than is typical, just 6.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,385 students take at least one class online at Old Dominion. 7,571 of Old Dominion students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, JMU has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia ranking.

The student loan default rate at JMU is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,087 students at JMU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,837 part time students in attendance at JMU. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#7

Radford University

Radford, VA

Our rankings recognize Radford University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Radford is a large public school located in the small suburb of Radford.

The student loan default rate at Radford is lower than is typical, just 5.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,440 students take at least one class online at Radford. 1,245 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#8

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Our rankings recognize College of William and Mary as the #8 school in this year's rankings. William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Williamsburg. William & Mary also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia list, coming in at #8.

About 1.4% of William & Mary students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 376 of William & Mary students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 831 part time students in attendance at William & Mary. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#9

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

Christopher Newport University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. CNU is a small public school located in the medium-sized city of Newport News. As a testament to the quality of education offered at CNU, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Virginia ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. 88 of CNU students are attending part time. CNU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#10

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Mary Washington. UMW is a small public school located in the suburb of Fredericksburg.

About 3.7% of UMW students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 376 students take at least one class online at UMW. About 733 of the students at UMW are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students 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 3,176
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 303
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 245
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 169
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 120

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 6,171
Engineering 5,231
Physical Sciences 1,524
Mathematics & Statistics 1,107
Engineering Technologies 1,066

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 15 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Kelly White.

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