Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges

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The Value and Impact of the fifteen
VFIC Member Schools
Students at Bridgewater College

Our 15 close-knit, residential schools TEACH…

  • … a broadly pragmatic liberal arts and sciences education.
    • Students learn critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration -- precisely the durable, transferable and flexible skills that businesses demand.
  • … in environments where ethical leadership and responsible citizenship are valued.
    • Small class sizes and ample clubs, community activities and collegiate and intramural athletics expand student leadership opportunities to develop skills inside and outside the classroom.
  • … needed Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Health (STEM-H) programs.
    • 27% of undergraduate degrees conferred at VFIC schools are STEM-H.
    • Fourteen of our member schools prepare the next generation of teachers.
  • … with award-winning faculty who continue a distinctive tradition of academic challenge.
    • Eight of the 14 Virginia chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s top honor society, are located at VFIC schools.

Our 15 independent schools REACH…

  • … ethnically, economically, and globally diverse students and faculties.
    • 65% of undergraduate students enrolled at VFIC schools are eligible for need based aid.
    • Enrollment of ethnically diverse students ranges as high as 46%.
    • On average, 1 in 4 students at VFIC schools are ethnically diverse.
  • … high-achieving students of all backgrounds who benefit from the experience.
    • VFIC member schools shatter the stereotypical image that independent colleges are reserved for the privileged, or an elite few.
    • 28% of undergraduate students at VFIC schools receive Pell Grants compared to 26.5% at 4-Year public state schools. These federal need-based awards made to low-income students promote access to education.
  • … faculty among the best in their fields.
    • Since 1987, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has recognized the classroom excellence of 65 individuals at VFIC schools with Outstanding Faculty Awards.

Our 15 competitive schools are
ESSENTIAL TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

  • They educate students at minimal taxpayer cost.
    • Through the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) students enrolling at VFIC schools only cost the Commonwealth of Virginia $3,200 compared to $7,000 if they enrolled at an in-state public school.
    • VFIC member schools serve 28,866 undergraduate, graduate, and first professional students providing access to a liberal arts education throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • They invest in the promise of succeeding generations.
    • VFIC schools provide $419 million a year in institutional & endowment aid to their students.
    • 80% of students at VFIC schools receive generous aid packages.
    • Over 5,200 bachelor’s degrees and 1,700 graduate, doctorate and first professional diplomas are awarded each year by our member colleges.
    • Undergraduates at VFIC colleges complete bachelor’s degrees in four years more often than students at public institutions in Virginia.
    • VFIC member schools offer a variety of options for students to continue their education. One has a pharmacy school, two have law schools, six offer MBA programs, eleven provide master’s programs and four serve doctoral candidates.
  • They contribute to a prosperous Commonwealth and to global awareness.
    • Not only are our member schools major employers in their communities, but their graduates add to the state’s vitality.
    • International students and faculty members along with multicultural & inclusivity programming and study-abroad programs raise cultural understanding and encourage tolerance and globalism.
    • Energy-saving and conservation programs at our member schools enhance and improve environmental stewardship.
Mary Baldwin College
Member Institutions
Bridgewater College
Emory & Henry College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hollins University
Mary Baldwin College
Marymount University
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Roanoke College
Shenandoah University
Sweet Briar College
University of Lynchburg
University of Richmond
Virginia Wesleyan College
Washington and Lee University

Wind Tunnel test at Sweet Briar College