Virginia is home to more than 100 colleges, including huge state universities and tiny liberal arts colleges, public schools and private schools. If you are looking for a small liberal arts college with a reputable Division III athletic program, you will find no shortage of good fits.

Randolph-Macon College

With just fewer than 1,200 students, Randolph-Macon College is a liberal arts college where students take both work and play seriously. In Ashland, about 20 miles north of Richmond, Randolph-Macon's Division III athletic program is particularly strong in basketball; both men’s and women’s teams often rank high in their division. Fraternities and sororities are popular, and a January term program allows students to gain in-depth experience in a particular field, often in the form of an internship. Randolph-Macon College 204 Henry St. Ashland, VA 23005 (804) 752-7200

Roanoke College

In Salem, just south of Roanoke, Roanoke College offers a picturesque campus, spotted with red brick buildings and surrounded by mountains. Its traditional liberal arts curriculum and expert and accessible faculty are keys to student success. The Division III Maroons are generally strong athletically, with standout teams in men’s and women’s lacrosse. The Intensive Learning Term that takes place after commencement each May gives students an opportunity to delve more fully into new and unfamiliar subjects. Roanoke College 221 College Lane Salem, VA 24153 (540) 375-2500

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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University, an elite liberal arts school in historic Lexington, combines the best aspects of a small college with the programs of a university. Ranked 14th in "U.S. News & World Report’s" 2010 college rankings, Washington and Lee bears the names of two of Virginia’s most famous citizens, George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Rigorous academics, including a law school and a dominant Greek society, make this a picture-perfect southern college. The Division III Generals compete in 11 men’s sports and 10 women’s sports and excel in lacrosse. Washington and Lee University 204 W. Washington St. Lexington, VA 24450 (540) 463-8710

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Since 2008, Byron Asher has been a freelance writer based in Prague, Czech Republic. Asher specializes in the performing arts and culture, and has been published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and McClatchy newspapers. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in 2008.