Graph of the Month (2016)

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: December 2016

Virginia Private Colleges Awarded Over 16,000 Bachelor's Degrees Last Year

Since the early 90s, annual production of bachelor's degrees is up 116% at Virginia's private colleges.

Source:  State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) C01 Completions Report

Graph of the Month: November 2016

Virginia's Private Colleges Are Proud to Enroll Veterans

Virginia's private colleges are proud of their student veterans. Veterans bring experiences and maturity to Virginia's private colleges that increase student diversity, inspire tough conversations, and improve global awareness. Virginia's private colleges are honored to serve those who have served in the military.

Source:  Virginia Department of Veterans Services.  Data is from 2015 and includes veterans enrolled at Virginia 4-Year Public and Private Not-For-Profit Colleges using the G.I. Bill.

Graph of the Month: October 2016

Almost Half of the Virginia General Assembly Members Received Their Bachelor's Degree From a Private College

Of those members of the Virginia General Assembly with an undergraduate degree, 44% graduated from a private college. 

Source: Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP).  Data is from October 2016 and includes only those members with a bachelor's degree.

Graph of the Month: September 2016
The Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) Program Offers Significant Value for the Commonwealth

The cost to the Commonwealth to enroll an undergraduate Virginia student at a private college is $3,200, which is the amount of a Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) award, compared to almost $7,000 per in-state student at Virginia's 4-year public colleges.  The TAG program helps Virginians receive a high quality education at a fraction of the cost to the Commonwealth. 

Source:   State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).  4-year public college data is the average general fund amount per in-state FTE;  TAG data is the amount of the TAG award received by in-state undergraduate students.  Both are in nominal dollars.  

Graph of the Month: August 2016

Virginia Private Colleges Maintain Low Tuition & Fee Increases for Undergraduate Students

S ource:   State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Tuition & Fee Report (2011-12 to 2016-17); IPEDS (2008-09 to 2013-14); CICV Tuition & Fee Survey and individual college websites (2014-15 to 2016-17).  Increases for tuition and mandatory E&G fees and total for 4-year public institutions are weighted to account for variable tuition charges at CWM and UVA.  Virginia private college data includes only current SACS accredited private not-for-profit institutions.

Graph of the Month: July 2016

A Higher Education Leads to Better Health for Virginians

People with a higher level of education are more likely to experience better health outcomes.  93% of Virginians with a college degree report their health as Excellent, Very Good, or Good - 13% more than those individuals with only a high school degree and 33% more than those without a high school degree. 

Virginia's private colleges and universities are heavily invested in improving the health and wellness of Virginians.  One initiative is the Virginia Private Colleges Benefits Consortium, a self-insured health insurance plan for private college employees that launched in 2010.  Sixteen colleges are members of the Consortium - covering 3,600 employees and 6,900 lives in total.  Visit our website for more information.

Source:  Virginia Department of Health, Division of Policy and Evaluation, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (2013), General Health Table

Graph of the Month: June 2016

Virginia Private Colleges Provide an Affordable College Education by Investing Institutional Resources in Students

Virginia private colleges work hard to provide an exceptional education at a reasonable cost. In 2014-15, almost $700 million in grant aid was awarded from institutional resources to students.  Learn more about the affordability, value, and diversity of 24 of Virginia's private colleges during Virginia Private College Week (July 25-30).  Visit our website for more information.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS Spring 2015 Finance Component

Graph of the Month: May 2016

Virginia Private Colleges are a Destination of Choice for Graduate Students in the Commonwealth

Virginia's private colleges and universities are preparing the future professional workforce in the Commonwealth.  50% of all graduate students and 59% of all first professional students in Virginia are enrolled at Virginia private colleges.

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) E02 Fall Headcount Enrollment Report (Fall 2015 Data)

Graph of the Month: April 2016

Virginia Private Colleges are Committed to Graduating Virginians

Over the past decade, the number of degrees awarded at Virginia private colleges to Virginia residents has increased 49%. Virginia private colleges are committed to serving Virginians.

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) C01 Completions Summary by Domicile Report

Graph of the Month: March 2016

Virginia Private Colleges Enroll a Higher Percentage of Pell Grant Recipients Than Virginia 2 and 4 Year Public Colleges

College students receiving federal Pell Grants come from families with the greatest need. 49% of all undergraduate students from Virginia's private colleges receive Pell Grants.

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) FA09 Pell Grant Report(2014-15 Data)

Graph of the Month: February 2016

Virginia Private Colleges Educate the Majority of Adult Learners in the Commonwealth

Virginia's private colleges and universities educate 65% of all undergraduate students age 25 and over enrolled at 4-year institutions in Virginia.  Virginia private colleges offer a variety of options to assist adult learners, such as flexible scheduling with evening and weekend classes, distance education, prior learning assessments, and accelerated course formats.

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) E02 Fall Headcount Enrollment Report(Fall 2015 Data)

Graph of the Month: January 2016

The Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) Program Assists Virginians
in Every Region of the Commonwealth

TAG recipients from across the Commonwealth will be visiting the Capitol on Monday to thank members of the General Assembly for helping them to attend colleges in Virginia.  Established in 1972, the TAG program provides grants to Virginians attending a Virginia private college or university.  Approximately 23,000 Virginians will receive a TAG award of $3,100 this year.

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) FA08 TAG by Domicile Report (2014-15 Data)
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