Higher Education
Higher Education

Higher Education Pipeline Prepares Students for the Workforce Here

The Roanoke Region is the center of a larger area encompassing 25 institutions of higher education. From liberal arts colleges to prestigious research institutions, the Roanoke Region has more than 100,000 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing higher education to launch their careers. That’s a higher concentration of undergraduates per capita than in Boston, San Francisco, North Carolina’s Research Triangle, and Austin.

Public Four-Year Institutions

The Roanoke Region is home to several esteemed public four-year institutions, providing a diverse range of educational opportunities for students. These institutions foster a vibrant learning environment and offer comprehensive academic programs, attracting students from across the country

Virginia Tech 
Radford University 
Virginia Military Institute 

Private Institutions

The Roanoke Region is surrounded by some of the country’s most recognized private and liberal arts colleges and universities. While many people from the region choose these colleges and universities for their post-secondary education experience, these institutions also feature diverse student populations attracting people from all over the world.

Ferrum College 
Hollins University
Lynchburg College 
Liberty University
Randolph College
Roanoke College
Southern Virginia University
Sweet Briar College
Virginia University of Lynchburg
Washington & Lee University

Medical Schools

The Roanoke Region boasts exceptional medical schools that are renowned for their commitment to excellence in medical education and research. With their strong emphasis on producing highly skilled healthcare providers, the medical schools in the Roanoke Region have earned a reputation for producing graduates who excel in their careers and contribute significantly to the field of medicine.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine 
Radford University-Carilion 

Virginia Community College System

Traditional college classes as well as customized training for businesses is available through Virginia’s Community College System (VCCS). Whether furthering your education or seeking training for the future, VCCS has five community colleges that provide an excellent college education as well as superior workforce training resources and classes for non-degree-seeking students.

Virginia Western
Central Virginia
New River Valley
Patrick & Henry
Mountain Gateway

Career Building Colleges

As a growing medical, research, and biotechnology hub, the region is also home to several career-building institutions and technical colleges. From workforce training to master’s degrees, there are plenty of career advancement programs available in the Roanoke Region.

American National University
ECPI University 

Roanoke Higher Education Center

Located in the heart of downtown Roanoke, the Roanoke Higher Education Center is hailed as a model for 21st Century education. Featuring over 200 programs of study, the Higher Education Center provides job training, undergraduate, and graduate programs from several colleges and universities.

Participating institutions include:

  • Averett University
  • Bluefield College
  • James Madison University
  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Hampton University
  • Hollins University
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Radford University
  • Roanoke College
  • TAP – This Valley Works job training programs
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Western Community College

For more information, visit Roanoke Higher Education Center.

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The Roanoke Regional Partnership can help you connect with people who want to live, work, and play in Alleghany, Botetourt, Franklin, and Roanoke counties, cities of Covington, Roanoke, and Salem, and the town of Vinton.

From top-notch researchers to leading academics, we can help you make the connections to grow your business here.

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