Education at a glance


Norfolk is the educational hub of the region, home to ODU, Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Wesleyan, and Easter Virginia Medical School. There are seven other outstanding colleges and universities throughout Hampton Roads, plus four more community colleges. Combined with the other educational institutions listed below, these schools provide a variety of courses, locations, and traditions to suit a wide range of people who are on the road to achieving a solid education that benefits businesses here in Norfolk.

Hampton Roads higher education at a glance:

Colleges & Universities


Community Colleges


Other Educational Centers


About the Education Level of the Hampton Roads Population 25 years and older…

  • 89.8% of population has at least a high school diploma
  • 28.7% of population has a college degree or higher
  • 37.5% of population has an Associates Degree or higher

The area has a very robust higher education system:

  • 101,319 students enrolled in 2010-2011

EVMS Education and Research Building

The new 4-story Education and Research Building opened September 2011. The new structure provides additional research space and allows the school to expand its medical doctor and physician assistant programs to meet an expected demand for more medical care. The new building will allow the school to expand its medical student enrollment by 30 percent and physician assistant enrollment by 60 percent, enabling the school to educate more health-care professionals in the face of a looming, nationwide doctor shortage. Take a flying tour of the EVMS expansion.

ODU Innovation Research Park

Innovation Research Park @ ODU is the only combination Class A office and wet/dry lab space available in Hampton Roads and sits within all three federal and state incentive zones, providing significant benefits to tenants. These incentives are in the form of tax credits, grants, and other assistance. Innovation Research Park @ ODU provides a full suite of business services for companies in all stages of development, from start-up to maturity.

IRP@ODU tenants include the Civil-Military Fusion Center and Civil-Military Overview (CFC/CMO), an office under the control of NATO's Allied Command Transformation headquarters, the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, and a young technology company called ipConfigure which develops software to manage video surveillance systems. The MASA Group, Inc., which is world headquarters in Paris, France, has its North America subsidiary based in IRP@ODU. MASA Group focuses on simulation, games and virtual worlds in the defense, security, corporate and entertainment markets in North America and ODU’s Vision Lab known also as the Computational Intelligence and Machine Vision Laboratory.

TCC Student Center

TCC’s new student center opened in the fall of 2010. It has five levels and 57,000 square feet, and is located in the plaza area next to the Martin Building at 300 Granby St. The main facade is heavily glassed and face the courtyard. The plaza area includes an outdoor dining area and serves as a walkway between Granby and Monticello Avenue. The center includes a kitchen and dining area, a cafe for students and the public, student organization meeting and work areas, fitness and multipurpose physical activity space, and a game room. The center also offers a "child-minding" area, meant for short periods for kids from infants to age 12. The student center also has study rooms and lounges.


NSU Student Center

Norfolk State University’s new Student Center (80,800 sq. ft), which opened in September 2009, includes meeting rooms, an auditorium, lounges, administrative offices, a food court and dining facility, a two-story bookstore, a two-story wellness center, game room, computer lab, and a theatre ballroom with an outdoor stage. The second phase is the construction of a new student services center that will house the Division of Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Student Accounts, the Post Office, and an expanded bowling alley. The Student Services Center will be connected to the new Student Center via a third floor bridge.



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