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Richmond: Love What You Find

Relocating to Greater Richmond, Virginia? You will find what you love, and love what you find.

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The City of Richmond & Counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico


Higher Education

Randolph Macon College

  • Ten four-year institutions and thirteen two-year institutions, among other professional institutions
  • Total enrollment in four-year and two-year institutions nearly 80,000.
  • More than 15,000 degrees conferred annually
  • A full range of associate, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs, including business, engineering, law, and medicine
  • Strong evening, for-profit, and continuing education degree programs for working adults

U.S. News and World Report rankings

  • Twenty-six of Virginia Commonwealth University's graduate and professional programs are among the best of their kind
  • University of Richmond has topped the Master's Universities-South category for 11 years


Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral Research-University Extensive.  The largest university in Virginia, it features

  • Over $220 million in externally funded research each year, ranking among the top 200 universities in the country in sponsored research
  • 32,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate programs, with 65 of the programs unique in Virginia
  • A unique Master’s degree program in advertising taught in an ad agency environment
  • Innovative collaboration between the Schools of Business and Engineering
  • VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers
  • Nationally-recognized School of the Arts, with strong programs in Scuplture, Graphic Arts, and Multimedia/ Visual Communications
  • Top-100 Global University, with international partnerships for collaborative research and exchanges

University of Richmond, the area's largest private university, includes:

  • Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the nation’s first undergraduate school of leadership studies
  • Robins School of Business, ranked by Business Week number 16 nationally in 2014 for its undergraduate business program and second in academic quality
  • Unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, law and continuing studies.

Randolph-Macon College, an undergraduate, coeducational college of the liberal arts located in the town of Ashland in Hanover County.

Virginia State University, one of Virginia's two land-grant institutions, with a 236-acre main campus and 416-acre agricultural research facility at Randolph Farm.

Virginia Union University, a private, coeducational, liberal arts institution founded in 1865 to provide a quality education to young African-Americans.

Community Colleges

J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler Community Colleges offer AS and AAS degrees, certificate programs, and credit and non-credit classes in occupational and technical areas. They have created new programs in response to local industry needs, including

  • Information technology certification classes
  • Customer Service Academy
  • Machine technology/high performance manufacturing programs
  • Biotechnology, chemical, and engineering technician programs
  • Workforce Development courses and services through the Community College Workforce Alliance including customized training programs for individual companies and WorkKeys job profiling and skills assessment.


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