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There are 12 colleges within 50 miles of Staunton. These universities and colleges provide broad research, development and technical support for companies, as well as excellent higher education opportunities.

Many of these colleges and universities have strong programs in Accounting, Finance, Engineering, Hospitality, Media Arts, Information Technology, Business, Management, Economics, and Marketing.

More than 70,000 students are enrolled at these colleges and universities and they collectively provide access to more than 13,000 graduates each year.

Staunton is home to Mary Baldwin University, which opened the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences in 2014, and in 2017 will open a new College of Business and Professional Studies that will offer a fast-track MBA degree.

Staunton is also home to the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, one of the oldest schools in Virginia and the second of its kind in the world. With nearly 200 employees, VSDB is an exceptional resource for communities across Virginia, serving students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind/vision impaired, and deafblind.

Just outside of Staunton is Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC), offering instruction in occupational, technical, and college and university transfer programs. BRCC also offers non-credit workforce training and works closely with local employers to develop its training program. 

“Today, Mary Baldwin University…still has the women's college. But that college is part of an institution that also has many coeducational units — a business school, a health sciences college and a new University College focused on helping men and women earn bachelor's degrees in three years.” – Business Insider