Colleges & Universities

More than 10 four-year colleges and universities are within a one-hour drive of Goochland County, including nationally renowned Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the prestigious University of Virginia.

Virginia Commonwealth University


  • The largest university in Virginia, with over 31,000 students enrolled
  • Ranked as a Doctoral Research-University Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation
  • Research awards of $270 million
  • Twenty of VCU's graduate and professional programs have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among the best of their kind nationwide
  • Over 200 degree and certificate programs
    • Bachelor's: 62
    • Master's: 72
    • Doctorate: 41
    • First professional: 3
    • Certificate: 47

University of Virginia


  • Ranked the Number 3 best public university by U.S. News and World Report
  • Top 15 rankings for the McIntire School of Commerce, Law School, and Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Degree and certificate programs:
    • Bachelor's: 51 degrees in 47 fields
    • Master's: 81 degrees in 65 fields
    • Doctorate: 57 degrees in 55 fields
    • 6 Educational Specialist degrees
    • 2 Professional degrees: Medicine and Law
  • Research awards in FY2016 totaled over $310 million

Community Colleges


J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College also supply workers with the means to further education and training. JRSCC and JTCC offer associate's degree programs, certificate programs, and credit and non-credit courses in a variety of occupational and technical areas such as business administration, information technology, engineering, public service, automotive and diesel mechanics, welding and more.

Additionally, as members of the Community College Workforce Alliance, JRSCC and JTCC offer customized training programs and other workforce development services.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

  • Third largest college in the Virginia Community College System
  • Enrolls students at three campuses, five off-campus sites, and "virtually" through distance learning centers
  • Degree and certificate programs
    • 24 Two-year occupational/technical degree programs
    • 9 Occupational/technical certificate programs
    • 5 Two-year college transfer programs
    • 43 Career studies certificate programs requiring less than one-year of full-time study
  • Courses of study
    • Downtown Academic Campus: one and two-year occupational and technical programs in a number of allied health, business, and community service areas, as well as college transfer programs in liberal arts, business, education, science, and computer science.
    • Parham Road Academic Campus: college transfer programs in liberal arts, education, engineering, science, and computer science, as well as a broad range of occupational/technical programs in the areas of business, engineering, and public service.
    • Goochland Academic Campus: programs in horticulture, automotive and diesel mechanics, welding and equine management.