Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary

8311 Halifax Rd, Petersburg, VA

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Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary, located in Petersburg, Virginia, was founded in 1960 as a two year junior college branch of The College of William and Mary. The school eventually became independent of the school, though sharing the same Board of Visitors. The school is named for Richard Bland, a former statesman of Virginia. The school is the only junior college in the state, and the only two year institution to offer housing. The school is located in rural Virginia and has an annual enrollment of over just over 1,600 students. The school is also more commonly referred to as Richard Bland College.


Richard Bland College provides students with wo degree tracks, an Associate of Arts and Associate of Science, in order to prepare students for their continued education following completion of the chosen track. Individuals pursuing academic transfer will complete the first two years of their education locally and at low cost followed by applying for transfer to a four year institution to complete the final two years to earn their bachelor's degree. Transfer to public Virginia Colleges, in particular The College of William and Mary, is made easier through transfer agreements.

Admissions and Financial Aid

Individuals interested in enrolling at Richard Bland College must be eighteen years of age or have earned a high school diploma. Enrollment is accomplished through the submission of an application and payment of fees. Providing previous transcripts and test scores is also encouraged, as is participating in new student enrollment and meeting with a counselor prior to registration. Students may be required to take a placement exam prior to their first semester. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships and are awarded based on need as determined by the information provided by the student in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,100. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $50 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $4,100-$4,900
    • Out-of-State: $14,000-$16,590
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $250-$290 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $650-$780 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid81%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships79%$4,171
Receiving Student Loans50%$7,364

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary may provide student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in Virginia, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 Richard Bland College of the College of William and MaryDinwiddie CountyVirginia
Graduation Rate25.3%-25.0%
Transfer-out Rate27.5%-12.0%
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Physical Sciences

Contact Information

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