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Private Institutions exempt from certification

Institutions of higher education formed, chartered, or established in the Commonwealth of Virginia that have maintained a main campus under the same ownership for 10 years and have remained fully accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are exempt from the requirements of certification or approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).  The exemption entitles these institutions to conduct academic affairs or business without seeking or obtaining SCHEV approval.  The resulting scope of the institutional autonomy includes:

Private Institution Website Accredited by City
American National University - Salem www.an.edu ACICS See website for locations Proprietary
Appalachian School of Law www.asl.edu ABA Grundy, VA Nonprofit
Atlantic University www.atlanticuniv.edu DETC See website for locations Nonprofit
Averett University - Danville www.averett.edu SACS Danville, VA Nonprofit
Bluefield College www.bluefield.edu SACS Bluefield, VA Nonprofit
Bridgewater College www.bridgewater.edu SACS Bridgewater, VA Nonprofit
Centura College - Alexandria www.centuracollege.edu ACCSC Manassas, VA Proprietary
Centura College - Chesapeake www.centuracollege.edu ACCSC Chesapeake, VA Proprietary
Centura College - Newport News www.centuracollege.edu ACCSC Newport News, VA Proprietary
Centura College - Norfolk www.centuracollege.edu ACCSC Norfolks, VA Proprietary
Centura College - Richmond www.centuracollege.edu ACCSC North Chesterfield, VA Proprietary
Centura College - Richmond West www.centuracollege.edu ACCSC Richmond, VA Proprietary
Centura College - Virginia Beach www.centuracollege.edu ACCSC Virginia Beach, VA Proprietary
Christendom College www.christendom.edu SACS Front Royal, VA Nonprofit
Eastern Mennonite University www.emu.edu SACS Harrisonburg, VA Nonprofit
ECPI University www.ecpi.edu SACS See website for locations Proprietary
Emory and Henry College www.ehc.edu SACS Emory, VA Nonprofit
Ferrum College www.ferrum.edu SACS Ferrum, VA Nonprofit
George Washington University nearyou.gwo.edu MSCHE See website for locations Nonprofit
Hampden-Sydney College www.hsc.edu SACS Hampden-Sydney, VA Nonprofit
Hampton University www.hamptonu.edu SACS Hampton, VA Nonprofit
Hampton University -  Virginia Beach www.hamptonu.edu/cofvb SACS Virginia Beach, VA Nonprofit
Hampton University - Roanoke Higher Education Center www.hamptonu.edu/con_ed/ SACS Roanoke, VA Nonprofit
Hollins University www.hollins.edu SACS Roanoke, VA Nonprofit
Institute for the Psychological Sciences www.ipsciences.edu SACS Arlington, VA Nonprofit
Jefferson College of Health Sciences www.jchs.edu SACS Roanoke, VA Nonprofit
Liberty University www.liberty.edu SACS Lynchburg, VA Nonprofit
Lynchburg College www.lynchburg.edu SACS Lynchburg, VA Nonprofit
Mary Baldwin College - Staunton www.mbc.edu SACS Staunton, VA Nonprofit
Marymount University www.marymount.edu SACS Arlington, VA Nonprofit
Randolph-Macon College www.rmc.edu SACS Ashland, VA Nonprofit
Randolph College www.randolphcollege.edu SACS Lynchburg, VA Nonprofit
Regent University www.regent.edu SACS See website for locations Nonprofit
Roanoke College www.roanoke.edu SACS Salem, VA Nonprofit
Shenandoah University -  Winchester www.su.edu SACS Winchester, VA Nonprofit
Skyline College www.skyline.edu ACCSC Roanoke, VA Proprietary
Stratford University www.stratford.edu ACICS See website for locations Proprietary
Sweet Briar College www.sbc.edu SACS Woodbridge, VA Nonprofit
Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education www.union-psce.edu ATS Richmond, VA Nonprofit
University of Management and Technology www.umtweb.edu DETC Arlington, VA Proprietary
University of Richmond www.richmond.edu SACS Richmond, VA Nonprofit
Virginia Union University www.vuu.edu SACS Richmond, VA Nonprofit
Virginia Wesleyan College www.vwc.edu SACS Norfolk, VA Nonprofit
Washington and Lee University www.wlu.edu SACS Lexington, VA Nonprofit