The Richmond Region is home to nearly 30 institutions of higher education, which train and supply the next generation of skilled professionals.

  • Total higher-education enrollment is nearly 80,000 with more than 16,000 degrees conferred annually.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical School is one of the largest in the United States and houses one of the nation’s oldest transplant programs. MCV Hospital, which is regularly ranked among the top hospitals in the US, is designated as a Level I trauma center and VCU’s Massey Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a clinical research center. VCU’s health sciences schools include Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing and Allied Health Professions.
  • The University of Richmond, Virginia Union University, Virginia State University and Randolph-Macon College offer undergraduate programs in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Physics and Master’s programs in Biology.
  • Nursing and other allied health programs are available at a wide range of public and private institutions.
  • Two- and four-year programs are available locally to train certified lab technicians and technologists.
  • Area community colleges offer AS and AAS degrees, certificate programs, and credit and non-credit classes in occupational and technical areas, including biotechnology, chemical and engineering technician programs.
  • VCU manages over $270 million in externally funded research each year, ranking among the top 200 universities in the country in sponsored research.
  • VCU’s School of Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Biomedical, Chemical and Life Science engineering. Research initiatives include life sciences engineering and micro-nano technology engineering.