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Virginia Schools

The field of academia is a thriving field in Virginia. Below are statistics, charts and analysis on trends in the academic community in Virginia.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Virginia By Profession

1,999 2,195 2,163 2,191
286 302 321 332
4,123 4,303 4,376 4,296
4,057 4,126 4,172 4,228
4,050 4,043 4,073 4,140
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

There are 165 colleges and universities in Virginia. In 2006 there were 14,515 higher education faculty at these institutions. In 2009 there were 15,187 higher education faculty at these institutions.

This shows a 5% increase in the number of higher institution faculty in Virginia.

Average faculty salaries in Virginia

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

The average salary of higher education faculty in Virginia state is $58,727 per year, which is more than faculty salaries around the nation, which average $57,293 per year. And male faculty in Virginia earn more than female faculty by 6%.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Virginia

No data at this time.

Of the 13,012 college faculty in Virginia, 47% are tenured. Another 21% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Virginia by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Virginia Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 1.94% 3.12% 3.22%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Virginia
  • Light Blue: National

Interestingly, in Virginia the number of part-time faculty has grown from 2006 to 2009 by 28%. Similarly, the number of full-time faculty in the state has also grown by 28%. Thus, working part-time is becoming less popular in Virginia.

National Vs. Virginia Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 13.17% 17.33% 28.19%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Virginia
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Virginia

No data at this time.

And in 2009 15% of those who were working on a part-time basis, identified themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. While 15% of those who were working on a full-time basis identified themselves as being from an ethnically diverse background.

Part time faculty minorities in Virginia

No data at this time.

National Vs. Virginia Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 39.92% 46.72% 54.7%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Virginia
  • Yellow: National

Between the years 2006 and 2009, Virginia's minority faculty has seen a 4% increase. The state statistics are consistent with national statistics. In 2006, there were 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally, of which 134,815 were from a minority background. And in 2009, there were 855,625 faculty working around the nation, of which 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Virginia by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Virginia by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Virginia Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 1.31% 2.31% 5.52%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Virginia
  • Light Blue: National

Just as the percentage of ethnic or racial minorities has increased in academia in Virginia, the percentage of women has also increased. This is consistent with national trends, which show that the number of women faculty at institutions of higher learning has grown by 9% from 2006 to 2009.

National Vs. Virginia Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 14.89% 19.52% 26.94%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Virginia
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Virginia Faculty employment by Gender

National Virginia
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 46%
Women 54%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Virginia


Consistent with the growth in the number of higher education faculty in Virginia, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased in Virginia.

Currently Virginia has 84,044 graduate students and 454,212 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Virginia

16565 17079 17638 18070 20503
34605 34954 37916 37548 40149
1495 1546 2335 2681 4455
13050 12653 14063 15659 17897
12239 11999 11938 13428 14690
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Virginia


In Virginia, 25,937 students graduated from institutions of higher learning in 2009. Of these students, 41% graduated from bachelors degree programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Virginia


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in Virginia.

Retention rates in Virginia

Returning Students 59%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In Virginia state, 59 of every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs return to school the following year. And only 42 of every 100 students who start an undergraduate degree eventually graduate. This is consistent with national trends show a retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Virginia

Graduation Students 42%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Virginia Students By Gender

National Virginia
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 42%
Women 58%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in Virginia is diverse. 58% of the 538,256 students studying in the state's colleges and universities are female. Approximately 31% of Virginia's students identify themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. These numbers are consistent with national statistics, which show that 58% of the national student population is female and 28% are from minority backgrounds.

National Vs. Virginia Students Minorities

National Virginia
Minorities 29%
Minorities 31%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Virginia

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  1. Virginia Business Schools117,439 Employed
  2. Virginia Engineering Schools97,374 Employed
  3. Virginia Teaching Schools65,057 Employed
  4. Virginia Liberal Arts Schools53,724 Employed
  5. Virginia Biology Schools46,678 Employed
  6. Virginia Business Administration Schools46,266 Employed
  7. Virginia Art Schools44,457 Employed
  8. Virginia Law Schools43,722 Employed
  9. Virginia Information Systems Schools42,961 Employed
  10. Virginia Information Technology Schools40,354 Employed
  11. Virginia English Schools38,611 Employed
  12. Virginia Psychology Schools35,006 Employed
  13. Virginia Educational Leadership Schools32,138 Employed
  14. Virginia Nursing Schools30,934 Employed
  15. Virginia Math Schools30,872 Employed
  16. Virginia Design Schools30,480 Employed
  17. Virginia Counseling Schools28,361 Employed
  18. Virginia Music Schools25,437 Employed
  19. Virginia Visual Communications Schools24,034 Employed
  20. Virginia Accounting Schools24,010 Employed
  21. Virginia Special Education Schools23,472 Employed
  22. Virginia MBA Schools23,242 Employed
  23. Virginia Physics Schools22,545 Employed
  24. Virginia Criminal Justice Schools20,740 Employed
  25. Virginia Public Administration Schools20,361 Employed
  26. Virginia Finance Schools20,015 Employed
  27. Virginia BSN Schools19,705 Employed
  28. Virginia Forensic Nursing Schools19,705 Employed
  29. Virginia RN to BSN Schools19,705 Employed
  30. Virginia Health Science Schools18,964 Employed
  31. Virginia Political Science Schools18,949 Employed
  32. Virginia Theology Schools18,639 Employed
  33. Virginia History Schools17,760 Employed
  34. Virginia Architecture Schools16,091 Employed
  35. Virginia Communications Schools16,053 Employed
  36. Virginia Public Health Schools15,834 Employed
  37. Virginia Chemistry Schools15,818 Employed
  38. Virginia Sociology Schools15,498 Employed
  39. Virginia Management Schools15,065 Employed
  40. Virginia Computer Engineering Schools13,747 Employed
  41. Virginia Hospitality Schools11,640 Employed
  42. Virginia Mechanical Engineering Schools10,480 Employed
  43. Virginia Marketing Schools9,725 Employed
  44. Virginia Civil Engineering Schools9,486 Employed
  45. Virginia Human Services Schools9,100 Employed
  46. Virginia Biochemistry Schools8,780 Employed
  47. Virginia Creative Writing Schools8,616 Employed
  48. Virginia Healthcare Administration Schools8,609 Employed
  49. Virginia Drafting Schools8,187 Employed
  50. Virginia Sports Medicine Schools7,986 Employed
  51. Virginia Computer Science Schools7,730 Employed
  52. Virginia Paralegal Schools7,520 Employed
  53. Virginia Interior Design Schools7,447 Employed
  54. Virginia Social Work Schools7,276 Employed
  55. Virginia Biomedical Engineering Schools7,223 Employed
  56. Virginia Electrical Engineering Schools7,216 Employed
  57. Virginia Radiology Technology Schools7,143 Employed
  58. Virginia X Ray Technician Schools6,546 Employed
  59. Virginia Speech Therapy Schools6,538 Employed
  60. Virginia Property Management Schools6,525 Employed
  61. Virginia Human Resources Schools6,329 Employed
  62. Virginia School Psychology Schools6,234 Employed
  63. Virginia Nutrition Schools6,042 Employed
  64. Virginia Veterinary Schools5,846 Employed
  65. Virginia Clinical Psychology Schools5,762 Employed
  66. Virginia Occupational Therapy Schools5,483 Employed
  67. Virginia Construction Management Schools5,433 Employed
  68. Virginia Dental Hygienist Schools5,262 Employed
  69. Virginia Culinary Schools5,080 Employed
  70. Virginia Fashion Design Schools4,994 Employed
  71. Virginia Fire Science Schools4,964 Employed
  72. Virginia Respiratory Therapy Schools4,631 Employed
  73. Virginia Sports Management Schools4,439 Employed
  74. Virginia Graphic Design Schools4,147 Employed
  75. Virginia Elementary Education Schools4,127 Employed
  76. Virginia Physical Therapy Assistant Schools4,068 Employed
  77. Virginia Physical Therapy Schools3,997 Employed
  78. Virginia Forestry Schools3,858 Employed
  79. Virginia Gerontology Schools3,791 Employed
  80. Virginia Health Information Schools3,552 Employed
  81. Virginia Journalism Schools3,360 Employed
  82. Virginia Organizational Psychology Schools3,307 Employed
  83. Virginia Surgical Technology Schools3,291 Employed
  84. Virginia Software Engineering Schools3,145 Employed
  85. Virginia Sonography Schools3,143 Employed
  86. Virginia Ultrasound Technology Schools3,143 Employed
  87. Virginia Video Production Schools3,100 Employed
  88. Virginia Film Schools3,100 Employed
  89. Virginia Early Childhood Education Schools2,938 Employed
  90. Virginia Web Design Schools2,692 Employed
  91. Virginia Fashion Schools2,397 Employed
  92. Virginia Forensic Science Schools2,386 Employed
  93. Virginia International Business Schools2,224 Employed
  94. Virginia Christian Counseling Schools2,203 Employed
  95. Virginia Healthcare Management Schools2,079 Employed
  96. Virginia Industrial Design Schools1,929 Employed
  97. Virginia Homeland Security Schools1,896 Employed
  98. Virginia Physician Assistant Schools1,895 Employed
  99. Virginia Business Management Schools1,862 Employed
  100. Virginia Criminology Schools1,707 Employed
  101. Virginia Ministry Schools1,549 Employed
  102. Virginia Computer Networking Schools952 Employed
  103. Virginia Computer Programming Schools728 Employed
  104. Virginia Web Development Schools698 Employed
  105. Virginia Mental Health Schools687 Employed
  106. Virginia Small Business Schools569 Employed
  107. Virginia Public Relations Schools528 Employed
  108. Virginia Advertising Schools528 Employed
  109. Virginia Hotel Management Schools416 Employed
  110. Virginia Music Therapy Schools402 Employed
  111. Virginia Animation Schools362 Employed
  112. Virginia Computer Animation Schools362 Employed
  113. Virginia Video Game Design Schools362 Employed
  114. Virginia Fashion Marketing Schools361 Employed
  115. Virginia Forensic Psychology Schools249 Employed
  116. Virginia Fashion Merchandising Schools249 Employed
  117. Virginia Medical Coding Schools240 Employed
  118. Virginia Restaurant Management Schools112 Employed
  119. Virginia Music Production Schools108 Employed
  120. Virginia Medical Billing Schools97 Employed
  121. Virginia Emergency Management Schools75 Employed
  122. Virginia Court Reporter Schools24 Employed
  123. Virginia Carpentry Schools22 Employed

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