Division 3 includes 445 colleges across the country, which is more than any other NCAA division. These colleges offer balanced lifestyles for athletes and close-knit communities for all of their students. You may also consider Divisions 3 schools to save money, stay close to home or compete in a sport.
All D3 Schools in Virginia
There are 20 Division 3 colleges in Virginia, each of which offer unique college experiences:
- Averett University
- Bridgewater College
- Southern Virginia University
- Christopher Newport University
- Shenandoah University
- Emory & Henry College
- Randolph-Macon College
- Ferrum College
- Washington and Lee University
- Virginia Wesleyan University
- Sweet Briar College
- Eastern Mennonite University
- Roanoke College
- Hampden-Sydney College
- Hollins University
- Randolph College
- University of Lynchburg
- Marymount University
- Mary Baldwin University
- University of Mary Washington
Learn more detail on each of the schools that provide the primary Division 3 sports, which include football, soccer (men's and women's), baseball, softball and basketball (men's and women's), so you can find all the D3 soccer colleges in Virginia and more.
Averett is a private, four-year school in Danville that has educated students for about 150 years. Today, approximately 1,500 students attend the Judeo-Christian school and enjoy a 12-to-1 student-faculty ratio. Although the university first began as a Baptist women's school, it now welcomes students with any spiritual and cultural background.
If you choose BC for your college experience, you join about 1,900 classmates in earning a liberal arts education. You can choose between 60 majors and minors, many of which offer concentrations for personalized education. The campus is in Bridgewater, which sits in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley, so students have plenty of opportunities for fun outdoor activities.
Southern Virginia University
SVU welcomes members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which some people call the Mormon Church, and those from other faiths who are willing to stick to the university's honor code. The campus sits in Buena Vista and offers 20 programs of study with several concentrations.
Christopher Newport University
Not only does CNU offer all D3 sports, but the school also provides more than 200 student clubs and organizations. Furthermore, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni named CNU's core curriculum as the most rigorous of any public higher learning institution in the United States.
SU students get the best of both a liberal arts education and practical career skills. This private university started in 1875 and continues to inspire lifelong learners. SU's approximately 4,000 learners choose among 150 programs. The school consists of six campuses across Northern Virginia, including the headquarters in Winchester.
Emory & Henry College
Bishop John Emory of the Methodist church founded EHC in 1836. Since then, it has grown into an award-winning private college with a student-to-faculty ratio of just 11 to 1. An incredible 99 percent of first-year learners at the college earn financial aid, and the small school has just under 1,000 undergraduate students.
R-MC educates about 1,500 undergraduate students on its campus in Ashland, just a short drive north of Richmond. Learners choose from among 54 programs, which expertly blend career skills and liberal education. The school helps learners network with local businesses, find internships for hands-on learning and assess their own skills to determine their career paths.
This private, nonprofit college aims to create concerned citizens who care about their communities and the world. The college provides learners with unique opportunities to learn outside the classroom with internships, community service, study abroad programs and other hands-on opportunities. In addition to standard Division 3 sports, the school offers cheerleading, women's wrestling and equestrian programs.
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- Shenandoah University: About Us
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