GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Top Virginia Colleges

Learn What Grades and Test Scores You Need for Top Virginia Colleges

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University of Virginia. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

From tiny liberal arts colleges to large state universities, Virginia has some excellent options for higher education. Nearly all of the state's best schools have holistic admissions, so the admissions folks will be looking for more than good grades and standardized test scores. Challenging high school courses, a well written essay, interesting extracurricular activities and positive letters of recommendation are all important pieces of the admissions equation.

That said, the empirical part of your application is still remarkably important. To see if you numbers are in line for Virginia's top colleges and universities, follow the links below for college profiles and graphs of GPA, SAT and ACT data for accepted, waitlisted, and rejected students:

Christopher Newport University

Located in Newport News, a city in southeastern Virginia, CNU is a small public university with a wide range of academic strengths.

College of William & Mary

One of the best public universities in the country, the College of William & Mary has highly selective admissions. It's attractive campus is located in Williamsburg, Virginia.

George Mason University

Established in 1957, George Mason is a large public university with a main campus in Fairfax, Virginia. The school's NCAA Division I athletic teams compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The university has been expanding rapidly with both online and traditional learning opportunities.

Hampden-Sydney College

One of the oldest colleges in the United States, Hampden-Sydney College is located in rural central Virginia on an attractive 1340-acre campus. Hampden-Sydney is one of the few all-male colleges in the country.

Hollins University

Located in Roanoke, Virginia, Hollins College is a private liberal arts college for women. The school's programs in English and Creative Writing are particularly strong, and overall strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned Hollins a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

James Madison University

A relatively large public university located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, JMU features an attractive campus and NCAA Division I athletic programs that compete in the Colonial Athletic Association. Academic programs in business fields are particularly popular with undergraduates.

Longwood University

Located in Farmville, Virginia, Longwood is a small public university that emphasizes hands-on learning experiences. The Longwood Lancers compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference.

Randolph College

Randolph is a very small private liberal arts college located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Students who enjoy personal attention will appreciate the school's 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio and small class size. Biology, business, creative writing, and history are all popular fields of study.

Randolph-Macon College

Located in Ashland, Virginia, Randolph-Macon is a small private liberal arts college with an attractive red-brick campus. Small class sizes and an 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio mean lots of personal attention from the faculty. Biology, communications, and economics are among the most popular majors.

Roanoke College

Roanoke College is a private liberal arts college located in Salem, Virginia, not far from Roanoke. The college's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College sits on a huge campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The school has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in recognition of its strong programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and Sweet Briar also made my list of top equestrian colleges.

University of Mary Washington

As a public liberal arts college, the University of Mary Washington provides the personal attention of a small college along with the value of a public institution. 

University of Richmond

The University of Richmond's attractive campus sits just six miles from downtown Richmond. The university features an impressive 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio and small classes. The Richmond Spiders compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference.

University of Virginia

UVA is one of the top public universities in the country. The highly selective university has an endowment of over 7 billion dollars and takes pride in its beautiful and historic campus

Virginia Military Institute

VMI is one of the six senior military colleges in the United States. The school has selective admissions and competes in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech's many strengths earned it a place on my lists of top engineering schools and top public universities. The Hokies compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.

Washington and Lee University

Located in Lexington, Virginia, Washington and Lee made my lists of top southeastern colleges and best liberal arts colleges. The school has highly selective admissions — to get in, you'll need grades and test scores that are well above average.

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