Adult Education

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A large number of Virginians were enrolled in college at some point in their lives but had to take time off from their academic pursuits for personal, financial or professional reasons. The State Council of Higher Education has researched the availability of programs at Virginia public and private colleges designed for people who want to return to college and complete their baccalaureate-degree requirements.

You are invited to find out more about them through the links provided on this page. Unlike traditional college programs, these programs emphasize flexibility to facilitate a working adult’s ability to earn a degree. They typically offer conveniently scheduled classes and/or accelerated terms and they may also grant credit for a variety of past school or work experience. Financial aid may be available.

To read a brief description of each institution’s program, click on all institutions offering adult education programs. To learn more about a particular program, click on the institution name and you will be taken directly to its website.

Learn more about different types of program listings below:
Institutions Offering Adult Ed Programs
Evening/Weekend Degree Completion Programs
Online Degree Completion Programs
Institutions Certified by Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Institutions Offering Programs in Business
Institutions Offering Programs in Engineering
Institutions Offering Programs In Information Technology
Institutions Offering Programs in Nursing
Institutions Offering Programs in Teaching

Other Important Resources for Adults Seeking Postsecondary Education

Virginia has four Higher Education Centers which are convenient for students who prefer to stay within their region to pursue a degree. The centers offer access to bachelor's degree completion programs, master's degrees, teacher endorsement programs, teacher recertification courses, and more through partnerships with colleges and universities. They are located in the following areas: