Virginia’s Best Online Schools for 2017 Honored by

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Top 34 Schools Ranked on Diversity of Program Offerings, Overall Quality

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has released its picks for Virginia’s best online colleges and universities in 2017. Of the 18 four-year schools that made the list, George Mason University, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Hampton University took the top five spots. Of the 16 two-year colleges that also made the list, Tidewater Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Central Virginia Community College, Northern Virginia Community College and Piedmont Virginia Community College were top schools.

“There are more opportunities than ever for students to earn a certificate or degree from an accredited school by going online,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “These Virginia colleges and universities distinguished themselves by offering an quality, accredited education in an online format that allows students with busy schedules or geographical limitations to earn a degree on their own schedule.”

To earn a spot on the “Best Online Schools in Virginia” list, colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also judged based on additional metrics including financial aid availability, the number of student services, academic counseling student/teacher ratios and graduation rates.

For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit:

Virginia’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following:
Bluefield College
Eastern Mennonite University
George Mason University
Hampton University
James Madison University
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Liberty University
Longwood University
Lynchburg College
Marymount University
Norfolk State University
Old Dominion University
Regent University
Shenandoah University
University of Virginia-Main Campus
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia University of Lynchburg

Virginia’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following:
Central Virginia Community College
John Tyler Community College
Lord Fairfax Community College
Mountain Empire Community College
New River Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Patrick Henry Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Rappahannock Community College
Reynolds Community College
Southside Virginia Community College
Southwest Virginia Community College
Thomas Nelson Community College
Tidewater Community College
Virginia Western Community College
Wytheville Community College


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