Excellence from Kindergarten through College

Innovative learning abounds in Fairfax County.

We’re home to public schools, private institutions and the campuses of five major colleges and universities. More than 60 colleges and universities are located throughout the Washington, D.C., area, from which more than 82,000 degrees are conferred annually. Among them are George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University and the University of Maryland.

Fairfax County Public Schools are internationally recognized for academic excellence. The school district offers a full range of academic options, including the renowned Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, with students from all over the world. Additionally, the school system has one of the highest on-time graduation rates in the U.S., and standardized test scores that beat national and state averages.

Higher Education

Eleven college and university campuses operate in Fairfax County

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest university by enrollment (about 40,000) and offers 200-plus degree programs, including emphases on technology and public policy.

The Northern Virginia Center is a satellite home for University of Virginia and Virginia Tech degree programs. Full-time students and working adults prepare for careers in computer science, information technology, engineering, hospitality and other areas suited to serve Fairfax County industries.

Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia’s largest community college, offers 140 academic focus areas at six campuses. While many subjects follow traditional college planning, NVCC offers short-term programs and certificated to ramp up workforce quickly.

Academics across five universities, including Virginia Tech, merge for the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program, a post-baccalaureate distance learning program for engineers and scientists in the state of Virginia.

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David Kelley

David Kelley

Director, National Business Investment


Facts & Statistics


college and university campuses operate in Fairfax County


Enrolled in local universities


of population holds at least a bachelor’s degree


of graduates go on to some form of post-secondary education