Physics in Virginia

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Schools Offering Physics Programs in Virginia

Approximately 0.2% of graduates in of Virginia receive physics degrees every year. That means an estimated 316 physicists graduate from Virginia's 26 physics schools each year.

Top Schools

University of Virginia-Main Campus, which was ranked 10th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Virginia that has a physics program. It is located in Charlottesville. In 2010, 79 students graduated from University of Virginia-Main Campus' physics program. Students at University of Virginia-Main Campus paid $10,828 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Virginia with a physics program is College of William and Mary, which is located in Williamsburg. In 2010, it was ranked 16th nationwide. In 2010, 34 students graduated from College of William and Mary physics program. College of William and Mary charged in-state students $12,188 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Virginia with a physics program is Washington and Lee University, which is located in Lexington. In 2010, it was ranked 16th nationwide. In 2010, 8 students graduated from Washington and Lee University physics program. The tuition rate at Washington and Lee University was $40,387 per year.


Tuition at Virginia's physics schools ranges from $41,610 per year to $6,214 per year. But, the average tuition is $18,795 per year. In 2010, the physics schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Virginia were:

  1. University of Richmond - located in University Of Richmond, students are charged $41,610 per year
  2. Washington and Lee University - located in Lexington, students are charged $40,387 per year
  3. Hampden-Sydney College - located in Hampden Sydney, students are charged $32,489 per year

The physics schools in Virginia that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Old Dominion University - located in Norfolk, students are charged $6,214 per year
  2. Norfolk State University - located in Norfolk, students are charged $6,327 per year
  3. Virginia State University - located in Petersburg, students are charged $6,570 per year

A physics degree from a Virginia school... what next?

A large number of Virginia physics graduates become physicists. In 2010, there were 810 physicists working in Virginia. The following counties have the largest number of Virginia physicists:

  1. Accomack County - 210 physicists
  2. Chesapeake County - 200 physicists

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of physicists is expected to grow by 14% by 2018. There are projected to be 870 physicists working in the Virginia then.


On average, physicists earn $115,090 per year. However, this number is only an average. physicists in Virginia had varying salaries from $66,960 to $147,850 per year in 2010. A physicist in the following Virginia counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Accomack County - $103,760 per year
  2. Chesapeake County - $98,960 per year

A physicist in the following counties in Virginia make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Chesapeake County - $98,960 per year
  2. Accomack County - $103,760 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Virginia statistics regarding a career in physics and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as chemical engineering or chemistry.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics in Virginia
  • Master's Degree in Physics in Virginia
  • Doctoral Degree in Physics in Virginia

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
5,539 miles from location Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond VA 67.5826 36% 32,172
5,543 miles from location George Mason University Fairfax VA 38.2292 31% 32,067
5,698 miles from location Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg VA 81.4386 36% 30,870
5,601 miles from location University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville VA 89.7774 48% 24,355
5,470 miles from location Old Dominion University Norfolk VA 32.4015 39% 24,013
5,624 miles from location James Madison University Harrisonburg VA 79.9166 63% 18,971
5,704 miles from location Radford University Radford VA 30.9064 33% 8,878
5,496 miles from location College of William and Mary Williamsburg VA 84.4734 34% 7,874
5,467 miles from location Norfolk State University Norfolk VA 22.114 36% 6,993
5,474 miles from location Hampton University Hampton VA 23.6588 n/a 5,402
5,547 miles from location University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg VA 71.3619 27% 5,381
5,534 miles from location Virginia State University Petersburg VA 51.9898 30% 5,366
5,482 miles from location Christopher Newport University Newport News VA 29.8333 27% 4,952
5,588 miles from location Longwood University Farmville VA 29.7314 34% 4,832
5,544 miles from location University of Richmond University Of Richmond VA 77.8979 30% 4,344
5,632 miles from location Lynchburg College Lynchburg VA 60.3836 19% 2,589
5,649 miles from location Washington and Lee University Lexington VA 83.5175 40% 2,153
5,679 miles from location Roanoke College Salem VA 62.4067 20% 2,044
5,628 miles from location Bridgewater College Bridgewater VA 25.9461 18% 1,590
5,649 miles from location Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 69.4491 52% 1,500
5,542 miles from location Randolph-Macon College Ashland VA 61.0369 14% 1,246
5,591 miles from location Hampden-Sydney College Hampden Sydney VA 63.3487 23% 1,068
5,673 miles from location Hollins University Roanoke VA 64.4306 32% 1,057
5,773 miles from location Emory and Henry College Emory VA 59.2251 31% 1,002
5,627 miles from location Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar VA 61.8591 33% 756
5,631 miles from location Randolph College Lynchburg VA 27.7846 16% 500

Curious what studying Physics gets you?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Physicists + 810 $115,090 20.9%

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