The 20 Most Popular Colleges for Arlington’s Class of 2022

These schools received the most applications from APS seniors last year.
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Many in-state schools saw an increase in applications from APS seniors in 2022, including William & Mary in Williamsburg. (Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash)

College applications are on the rise in Arlington. In 2022, Arlington Public School seniors collectively reported having sent out 10,583 college applications—a 28% increase over applications from just four years prior. So where did the most recent graduating class apply? Here are the colleges and universities that received the most applications from the APS class of 2022.

The application data below was self-reported by students from Woodlawn Secondary Program, Wakefield High School, Washington-Liberty High School and Yorktown High School, as well as the Arlington Career Center (ACC), whose full-time programs include Arlington Tech, the Academic Academy, the Program for Employment Preparedness (PEP) and the English Language Institute. The full data appears in our annual College Bound admissions chart, which ran in the Sept./Oct. 2022 issue of Arlington Magazine. Given that the acceptance information was self-reported by the graduates, school officials stress that they cannot verify its accuracy.  Data for Northern Virginia Community College was unavailable. The tuition and enrollment numbers below are drawn from U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Colleges rankings.


New York University

New York, New York

APS Students Applied: 121

APS Students Accepted: 14

Tuition & Fees: $58,168

Enrollment: 58,226


Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia

APS Students Applied: 122

APS Students Accepted: 63

Tuition & Fees: $36,800

Enrollment: 3,555


Radford University

Radford, Virginia

APS Students Applied: 122

APS Students Accepted: 67

Tuition & Fees: $11,916 (in-state)

Enrollment: 8,998


University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland

APS Students Applied: 132

APS Students Accepted: 33

Tuition & Fees: $39,469 (out-of-state)

Enrollment: 41,272


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

APS Students Applied: 132

APS Students Accepted: 7

Tuition & Fees: $39,469 (out-of-state)

Enrollment: 41,272


Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

APS Students Applied: 133

APS Students Accepted: 26

Tuition & Fees: $60,192

Enrollment: 28,167


Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

APS Students Applied: 136

APS Students Accepted: 44

Tuition & Fees: $39,502 (out-of-state)

Enrollment: 27,341


University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

APS Students Applied: 137

APS Students Accepted: 70

Tuition & Fees: $40,356 (out-of-state)

Enrollment: 37,956


University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

APS Students Applied: 157

APS Students Accepted: 17

Tuition & Fees: $57,273 (out-of-state)

Enrollment: 50,278


University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia

APS Students Applied: 164

APS Students Accepted: 88

Tuition & Fees: $14,208 (in-state)

Enrollment: 3,956


Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia

APS Students Applied: 176

APS Students Accepted: 94

Tuition & Fees: $15,425 (in-state)

Enrollment: 4,584


University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

APS Students Applied: 191

APS Students Accepted: 100

Tuition & Fees: $36,000 (out-of-state)

Enrollment: 29,238


Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

APS Students Applied: 211

APS Students Accepted: 100

Tuition & Fees: $11,900 (in-state)

Enrollment: 23,494


Penn State

University Park, Pennsylvania

APS Students Applied: 277

APS Students Accepted: 132

Tuition & Fees: $36,476

Enrollment: 47,560


William & Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

APS Students Applied: 357

APS Students Accepted: 87

Tuition & Fees: $23,970 (in-state)

Enrollment: 9,517


Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

APS Students Applied: 446

APS Students Accepted: 257

Tuition & Fees: $15,642 (in-state)

Enrollment: 28,594


George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

APS Students Applied: 448

APS Students Accepted: 235

Tuition & Fees: $13,404 (in-state)

Enrollment: 38,630


University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

APS Students Applied: 577

APS Students Accepted: 125

Tuition & Fees: $21,381 (in-state)

Enrollment: 26,026


James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

APS Students Applied: 590

APS Students Accepted: 281

Tuition & Fees: $13,092 (in-state)

Enrollment: 22,166


Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia

APS Students Applied: 660

APS Students Accepted: 218

Tuition & Fees: $15,208 (in-state)

Enrollment: 37,279

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