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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia

97 Colleges
$45,818 Avg Salary*
45% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Many college students wish to attend a diverse and inclusive institution. This is why College Factual developed its rankings for the Most Diverse Schools in Virginia.

After analyzing 97 schools in Virginia, we came up with our list of those that offered the most diversity. The four factors we consider to determine overall diversity includes: race and ethnicity of the students, location of origin, age, and male to female ratio.

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Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia

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#1

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

George Mason University tops this year’s ranking as the most diverse school in Virginia. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, the large , public school awarded 5,866 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 48% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from GMU make an average of $59,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#2

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia

The excellent diversity at University of Richmond helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Virginia. U of Richmond is a small private not-for-profit school situated in University of Richmond, Virginia. It awarded 1,005 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 10.28% of the students are international. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from U of Richmond is $64,500 during the early years of their career.

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#3

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

The excellent diversity at Liberty University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Virginia. Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, the large , private not-for-profit school awarded 9,140 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 24% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. During the early years of their career, graduates from Liberty University make an average of $36,700 a year.

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#4

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Washington and Lee University. The school came in at #4 in Virginia on this year’s diversity ranking. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lexington, Virginia. It awarded 564 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee is $76,100 during the early years of their career.

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#5

Southern Virginia University

Buena Vista, Virginia

The excellent diversity at Southern Virginia University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Virginia. Located in Buena Vista, Virginia, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 168 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SVU is $36,000 during the early years of their career.

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#6

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia

With a ranking of #6, University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia list. University of Virginia - Main Campus is a large public school located in Charlottesville, Virginia that handed out 5,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia make an average of $61,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#7

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Regent University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia ranking. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the fairly large , private not-for-profit school handed out 705 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 15% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Regent is $41,600 during the early years of their career.

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#8

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

College of William and Mary ranked #8 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia list. This medium-sized , public school is located in Williamsburg, Virginia, and it awarded 2,072 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $58,500 during the early years of their career.

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#9

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia

Northern Virginia Community College landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia ranking. Located in Annandale, Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College is a large public school.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Northern Virginia Community College make an average of $42,000 a year.

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#10

Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia

Marymount University ranked #10 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia list. Marymount is a private not-for-profit institution located in Arlington, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 551 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 13.57% of the students are international. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Marymount is $53,600 during the early years of their career.

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#11

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia

If you crave a diverse college experience, East Coast Polytechnic Institute, coming in at #11 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Virginia Beach, Virginia is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,230 students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 22% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from East Coast Polytechnic Institute is $34,600 during the early years of their career.

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Coming in at #12 for 2021 overall diversity in Virginia is University of Management and Technology. Located in Arlington, Virginia, the small , private for-profit school handed out 414 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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#13

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

Coming in at #13 for 2021 overall diversity in Virginia is Old Dominion. Old Dominion is a large public school situated in Norfolk, Virginia. It awarded 3,987 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 50% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion is $43,700 during the early years of their career.

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#14

Bluefield College

Bluefield, Virginia

Bluefield College landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia ranking. Located in Bluefield, Virginia, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 247 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 55% falling into the traditional age range. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Bluefield College go into careers with an average salary of $40,900.

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#15

Wave Leadership College

Virginia Beach, Virginia

With a ranking of #15, Wave Leadership College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia list. A small institution, Wave Leadership College is private not-for-profit.

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#16

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia

Virginia Tech came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia ranking. Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, the large , public school handed out 7,156 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech make an average of $62,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#17

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, Virginia

Tidewater Community College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia ranking. A fairly large institution, Tidewater Community College is public.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Tidewater Community College make an average of $30,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#18

Averett University

Danville, Virginia

Averett University ranked #18 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia list. Located in Danville, Virginia, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 195 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $41,800 during the early years of their career.

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#19

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

If you crave a diverse college experience, VCU, coming in at #19 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Richmond, Virginia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,372 students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 59% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $44,000 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Wesleyan University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia ranking, coming in at #20. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 288 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from VWU make an average of $40,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#21

Emory and Henry College

Emory, Virginia

Emory and Henry College ranked #21 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia list. Located in Emory, Virginia, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Emory & Henry College is $40,700 during the early years of their career.

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#22

Virginia Baptist College

Fredericksburg, Indiana

Coming in at #22 for 2021 overall diversity in Virginia is VBC. VBC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Fredericksburg, Indiana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 9 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 38% falling into the traditional age range.

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#23

Ferrum College

Ferrum, Virginia

Coming in at #23 for 2021 overall diversity in Virginia is Ferrum College. Located in Ferrum, Virginia, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 209 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $37,300 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Thomas Nelson Community College

Hampton, Virginia

Thomas Nelson Community College landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia ranking. TNCC is a medium-sized public school located in Hampton, Virginia.

During the early years of their career, graduates from TNCC make an average of $29,900 a year.

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#25

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Coming in at #25 for 2021 overall diversity in Virginia is AiVA. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the small , private for-profit school awarded 82 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 44% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $30,900 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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 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).

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