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When choosing a university, academic offerings are obviously crucial – and here is what some of our students and faculty have to say about the VIU experience. Interestingly enough, in a Peterson’s article about choosing a university, the next factor listed is its geography.

We may be biased, but it’s hard to pick a place more beautiful than the state of Virginia. Sometimes called a “Goldilocks’ Climate” because it’s not too hot and not too cold, the geography is incredible, including Fairy Stone State Park located right off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Stuart. This park encompasses 168 acres of land, with a boomerang-shaped lake, where people swim, hike, boat and camp.

There is also the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Conservatory in Richmond, an 11,000-square-foot structure with a 63-foot dome that contains orchids and butterflies, tropical plants and much more. Then there’s the National Chimneys Park in Mount Solon with seven natural stone chimneys in the midst of pasture land, some of them as tall as 120 feet. This topography indicates that the Shenandoah Valley was once part of an inland sea.

The state, one of the original 13 colonies, is also culturally rich, home of the first English settlement: Jamestown in 1607. This state played a crucial role in the American Revolutionary War, the birthplace of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – and the location of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death!” proclamation on March 23, 1775. The war essentially ended in Virginia, as well, with Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendering his British army to General George Washington after the Battle of Yorktown in Virginia.

And, speaking of Virginia universities, the country’s first law school was established in this state in 1779, thanks to the influence of Jefferson. To date, Virginia has seen the birth of eight presidents; besides Washington and Jefferson, there was James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson. Think of all of the historical and cultural locations you could visit!

Undergraduate and Graduate Schools in Virginia

If you’re looking for an academically challenging and rewarding higher education experience at a university that is culturally diverse, then Virginia International University is for you. VIU is a senior college accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Plus, Fairfax, Virginia is located close to Washington D.C., with all of its cultural, historical and political features. We are located in an area with a well-developed job market in a county where people can feel safe and secure.
Apply online now for summer classes at Virginia International University. Or, call toll-free at +1 (800) 514-6848 with questions or email info@viu.edu today.