Virginia Private College Data & Research

Graph of the Month (2013)

The Graph of the Month is an initiative launched January 2013 by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia. The monthly graph and fact will highlight Virginia's private colleges. Our hope is that this data will provide helpful information about Virginia's non-profit private colleges. If you would like to be added to our distribution list or have any questions, please email

Graph of the Month: November 2013

Virginia's Private Colleges Are Proud to Enroll Veterans

5% of Virginia's higher education budget benefits the 22,000 Virginians attending Virginia's private colleges and universities through the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) program.

Source: Virginia Department of Veterans Services

Graph of the Month: October 2013

An Education from a Virginia Private College is the Investment of a Lifetime

The average amount borrowed by bachelor's degree graduates from Virginia's private colleges is comparable to the average amount borrowed by graduates from 4-year public colleges and is less than the average amount of a new car loan. Unlike a new car, a college degree is an investment that will continue to appreciate over a lifetime.

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Student Debt Report (EOM 01: Student Loans 5 Years 2007-08 to 2011-12); Experian State of Automotive Finance Report (Q2 2013)

Graph of the Month: September 2013

Virginia's Private Colleges Invest Their Own Resources in Their Students

Virginia private colleges work hard to provide an exceptional education at a reasonable cost. In 2012, over $560 million in institutional aid was awarded from institutional resources to students...a 50% increase from 2008.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (IPEDS Winter 2011-2012 and Spring 2012 Finance Survey)

Graph of the Month: July 2013

Virginia's Private Colleges Employ 20,000 People

Virginia's private colleges and universities employ 20,000 people around the Commonwealth and are among the largest employers in certain regions.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (IPEDS 2011-12 Human Resources survey)

Graph of the Month: June 2013

Virginia's Private Colleges Invest in Instructional Spending and Academic Support

Virginia's private colleges and universities spend a greater percentage on instruction and academic support than do Virginia's 4-year public colleges.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (IPEDS 2011-12 Survey, Finance Component); includes Virginia 4-year public and private not-for-profit colleges with undergraduate programs.

Graph of the Month: May 2013

Virginia's Private Colleges are Graduating More Virginians

The number of degrees awarded by Virginia's private colleges and universities to Virginia students has increased 93% over the past 10 years.

Source: SCHEV C01 Completions by Domicile Report.

Graph of the Month: April 2013

Virginia's Private Colleges Enroll the Neediest of Students

Virginia's private colleges are becoming the access institutions in the Commonwealth. Over the past 4 years, the percentage of Pell Grant recipients at Virginia's private colleges increased 31%. The most recent data shows that 38% of all undergraduate students from Virginia's private colleges receive Pell Grants, which are received by the families with the greatest need.

Source: IPEDS (2008-09 - 2011-12)

Graph of the Month: March 2013

Community Colleges Transfer Students Enrolled at Virginia's Private Colleges

Virginia's private colleges are a destination of choice for almost 1,400 Virginia community college transfer students this academic year. Over the past decade, the number of community college students enrolling at Virginia's private colleges has increased 46%.

Source: SCHEV New Transfers, VCCS to 4-Year Institutions (V01 Report) (2003-12)

Graph of the Month: February 2013

Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) Recipients by Domicile
This year, TAG is celebrating 40 years of making a college education more affordable for over 182,000 Virginians, including many low and middle income families. In 2012-2013 over 22,000 Virginia students from all across the Commonwealth will receive a TAG grant.

Source: SCHEV TAG by Domicile (FA08 Report) (2011-12)

Graph of the Month: January 2013

Virginia Private College Enrollment Trends (2000-2012)

Between 2000 and 2012, Virginia's private colleges and universities increased total student enrollment from 49,951 (2000) to 123,210 (2012) - a 147% increase. Virginia's private colleges enroll 33% of undergraduates, 44% of graduate students, 56% of first professional students, and 36% of all students in the 4-year sector in Virginia.

Source: SCHEV E2 Enrollment Report
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