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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…

  • 91.6% of population has at least a high school diploma
  • 31.6% of population has a college degree or higher
  • 11.8% of population has an Graduate Degree

The area has a very robust higher education system:

  • Over 100,000   students enrolled in 2017-2018

Norfolk Department of Economic Development Mission

Generate wealth for the City of Norfolk through business expansion, enhancement, and new business development complementary to our neighborhoods.

Contact Info

(757) 664-4338
999 Waterside Drive
Suite 2430
Norfolk, VA 23510

Staff Details

Chuck Rigney
Director of Economic Development

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