UPDATE: Virginia's Blue Ridge is Now Open in Phase Three

Virginia's Blue Ridge is now open in the Phase Three stage of the Commonwealth's Forward Virginia plan. Learn more about the program and what it means for various types of businesses & experiences in the region with our Phase Three Guidelines page. Phase Three >

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Roanoke Colleges and Universities

Colleges & Universities in Virginia's Blue Ridge

College Students - CollegesThe Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge boasts a fantastic collection of colleges and universities.

There are 21 institutions of higher learning within a 60-mile radius of the Roanoke Valley.

With a higher concentration of undergraduates per capita than Boston-Cambridge or Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, the colleges and universities as well as other area schools have a profound impact on the everyday life, culture and vibrancy of the region.

Education is an extremely valuable part of Virginia's Blue Ridge and it's one of the many reasons the region is so attractive to potential businesses and families that relocate to the area.

People know their children will receive a quality education, and there are many local options to continue their education with our fantastic institutions of higher learning in the area.

Not only are the colleges and universities in Virginia's Blue Ridge conducting research to deal with some of the most critical issues in society and at the cutting edge of creating new technology, the teaching and training provided in the region will prepare students to become influencers and decision makers in industries throughout the world.

Thousands of youth are taking advantage of the chance to spend their undergraduate or graduate years enjoying college life in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The colleges and universities of our area also feature strong alumni communities with connections around the globe to provide potential opportunities for networking and career enhancement.

From sports to campus events to community service, students and faculty at our institutions of higher learning make an indelible mark on the cultural and intellectual fabric of the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

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