The Tidewater Virginia region is home to a wide range of higher education options. This page lists colleges, universities, technical schools, and other institutions in Hampton Roads, the Virginia Peninsula, and surrounding areas.


Colleges and Universities

The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg was founded in 1693 and has served as the second oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Old Dominion University became an independent institution in 1962 and now offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk is noted for its research into reproductive medicine.

Norfolk State University is the largest majority black university in Virginia and offers a variety of liberal arts degrees.

Virginia Wesleyan College is a small private liberal arts college on the border of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Hampton University, a private HBCU university, has a long history serving Hampton.

Christopher Newport University is a public university located in Newport News.

Regent University is a private university founded by Christian Evangelist and Leader Pat Robertson.

Atlantic University, associated with the Edgar Cayce organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE), offers M.A. degrees in Transpersonal Studies and several New Age subjects.


Technical Institutes

ECPI College of Technology has campuses in Virginia Beach and Newport News.

ITT Technical Institute has a campus in Norfolk.

Bryant and Stratton College has a campus in Virginia Beach’s Town Center.

The Newport News Shipbuilding’s Apprentice School offers a two year program in mechanical fields. Graduates from the Apprentice School go on to work at the Newport News Shipbuilding.

Advanced Technology Institute

Medical Careers Institute


Community Colleges

Eastern Shore Community College serves the residents of Accomack County and Northampton County as a two-year institution of higher learning.

Rappahannock Community College has six centers of learning in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck regions of Virginia.

Tidewater Community College has locations in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth.

Paul D. Camp Community College has campuses in Suffolk, Franklin, and Smithfield.

Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton and Williamsburg offers two-year degrees and specialized training programs.


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Tidewater Virginia Cities and Communities