15 Most Popular Colleges for Arlington Grads 2016
Which campuses hold the most appeal for local high school seniors? Here's where Arlington's class of 2016 applied to college.
As the class of 2017 starts filling out stacks of college applications, we offer a look back at the top schools for applications from the class of 2016.
Using data provided by H-B Woodlawn, Wakefield, Washington-Lee and Yorktown high schools, we’ve pulled out the 15 most popular colleges and universities for applications from 2016 Arlington graduates.
From in-state public, private and community colleges to universities in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, these are the schools that topped their lists.
15. New York University
Location: New York, NY
Class of 2016 applications: 56
New York University saw a slight uptick in Arlington applicants from 2015 to 2016. Located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, NYU has more than 25,000 enrolled in its undergraduate programs. U.S. News and World Report ranks the New York school as 36th among national universities. Tuition for the 2015-2016 school year was $46,170 according to U.S. News.
14. [TIE] Tulane University
Location: New Orleans, LA
Class of 2016 applications: 60
This New Orleans-based university is tied for 39th on U.S. News and World Report‘s list of the top national universities. The campus includes nearly 12,000 enrolled students on 110 acres. The urban setting puts students just a few miles from the famous French Quarter.
14. [TIE] Penn State University
Location: State College, PA
Class of 2016 applications: 60
The State College campus includes more than 47,000 students cheering for the Nittany Lions. Penn State is currently tied for 50th on U.S. News and World Report‘s list of the top national universities, and out of state tuition and fees clock in just more than $30,000 per year.
13. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Class of 2016 applications: 64
The most popular out-of-state pick for class of 2016 Arlington graduates is UNC Chapel Hill. U.S. News and World Report ranks the campus as 30th on its list of top national universities. The school includes more than 29,000 enrolled students, including 18,000 undergraduates. Out-of-state tuition runs nearly $34,000 per year.
12. University of Richmond
Location: Richmond, VA
Class of 2016 applications: 66
Coming in at 27th on U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of national liberal arts colleges, the University of Richmond saw more than 60 applications from Arlington seniors in the class of 2016. Located in the state’s capital city, the small university has an undergrad enrollment of just under 3,000 students. According to U.S. News, 31 percent of students who applied in 2014 were accepted.
11. Radford University
Location: Radford, VA
Class of 2016 applications: 85
Situated in the small southwestern Virginia town of Radford, the university is home to more than 8,800 students studying in more than 150 academic programs. RU competes in NCAA Division I athletics, and is tied for 47th among regional universities in the South according to U.S. News and World Report. In-state tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is just over $10,000 a year according to U.S. News.
10. Christopher Newport University
Location: Newport News, VA
Class of 2016 applications: 150
Christopher Newport University’s campus sits on 260 acres with some 5,000 students enrolled. The school competes in NCAA Division III athletics in the South Athletic Conference. U.S. News and World Report ranks CNU as tied at 14th among regional universities in the South. In-state tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is just over $13,000 according to U.S. News.
9. Old Dominion University
Location: Norfolk, VA
Class of 2016 applications: 195
Arlington grads applying to Old Dominion have a chance to join the more than 24,000 students enrolled at the Norfolk-based university. The school participates in NCAA Division I athletics and is popular among health and business students. According to U.S. News and World Report, 83 percent of those who applied to the school in 2015 were accepted.
8. University of Mary Washington
Location: Fredericksberg, VA
Class of 2016 applications: 217
Founded in 1908, this small Virginia university is a frequent pick for Arlington grads. Just over 4,300 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university, which ranks at a tie for 16th among regional universities in the South according to U.S. News and World Report. Tuition for in-state students is $11,630 for 2016-2017 according to U.S. News.
7. College of William & Mary
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Class of 2016 applications: 227
Founded in 1693, the College of William & Mary has the distinction of being the second-oldest college in the United States. Its historic Williamsburg campus hosts just more than 8,400 students and includes the Wren Building, the oldest college building in the nation. U.S. News and World Report ranks the college 32nd on its list of the best national universities.
6. George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, VA
Class of 2016 applications: 270
While many students choose to commute to classes at this Fairfax-based university, the campus also boasts active student life for the more than 23,000 undergrads enrolled. U.S. News and World Report ranks GMU at 143rd among national universities. For 2016-2017, in-state tuition runs $11,300 according to U.S. News.
5. Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus
Location: Alexandria, VA
Class of 2016 applications: 305
The proximity of Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria campus makes an easy commute from Arlington. More than 300 Arlington students from the class of 2016 applied to the college, which also includes campuses in Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge. The Alexandria campus is home to the divisions of liberal arts and science, technology and business.
4. James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg, VA
Class of 2016 applications: 310
Located just a few hours from the D.C. area, JMU was the top pick for 2015 Arlington graduates, but ranks 4th among 2016 grads. Students can cheer for their NCAA Division I Duke Dogs along with more than 19,000 undergrad students enrolled on campus. According to U.S. News and World Report, JMU ranks 8th on a list of best regional universities in the South.
3. Virginia Tech
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Class of 2016 applications: 314
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, aka Virginia Tech, has more than 32,000 total enrolled students. The university is well known for its College of Engineering. Virginia Tech is ranked 74th on the list of top national universities compiled by U.S. News and World Report. In-state tuition for 2016-2017 is $12,852 according to U.S. News.
2. University of Virginia
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Class of 2016 applications: 322
Coming in 24th on the U.S. News and World Report list of the top national universities, the University of Virginia dates back to 1819 and was founded by Thomas Jefferson. With a student enrollment around 16,700 undergraduates, the university campus stretches over 1,000 acres. In-state tuition for 2016-2017 is $15,722, according to U.S. News.
1. Virginia Commonwealth University
Location: Richmond, VA
Class of 2016 applications: 345
A total of 345 students in Arlington’s class of 2016 applied to become part of the freshman class at VCU. The Richmond campus clocked in at no. 164 on the latest U.S. News and World Report list of the best national universities. The school boasts just over 24,000 undergraduate students enrolled with an in-state tuition of just more than $13,000 for 2016-2017.