Higher Education

Career and technical education centers supplement these courses with an array of trade and industry classes as well as apprenticeship training.

Goochland County is also located in close proximity to some of the nation's best four-year colleges and universities, including:

Nationally acclaimed undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs are available in courses of study such as business, engineering, law, and medicine.

Virginia Commonwealth University


  • The largest university in Virginia, with over 31,000 students enrolled
  • Ranked as a Doctoral Research-University Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation
  • Research awards of $270 million
  • Twenty of VCU's graduate and professional programs have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among the best of their kind nationwide
  • Over 200 degree and certificate programs

University of Virginia


  • Ranked the Number 3 best public university by U.S. News and World Report
  • Top 15 rankings for the McIntire School of Commerce, Law School, and Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
  • More than 195 Degree and certificate programs available
  • Research awards in FY2016 totaled over $310 million

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

  • Third largest college in the Virginia Community College System
  • Enrolls students at three campuses, five off-campus sites, and "virtually" through distance learning centers
  • Degree and certificate programs
    • 24 Two-year occupational/technical degree programs
    • 9 Occupational/technical certificate programs
    • 5 Two-year college transfer programs
    • 43 Career studies certificate programs requiring less than one-year of full-time study
  • Courses of study include allied health, business, liberal arts, education, engineering, horticulture, automotive, and welding.

Community Colleges


In addition to J. Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeJohn Tyler Community College also supplies workers with the means to further education and training. JRSCC and JTCC offer associate's degree programs, certificate programs, and credit and non-credit courses in a variety of occupational and technical areas such as business administration, information technology, engineering, public service, automotive and diesel mechanics, welding and more.

Additionally, as members of the Community College Workforce Alliance, JRSCC and JTCC offer customized training programs and other workforce development services.