Education System

Prince William County’s robust talent pipeline is ensuring that it is well-positioned to supply the growing workforce demands of the future.

There is no shortage of continuing education options in Prince William County. George Mason University – the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, headquartered in Northern Virginia – located its Science & Technology Campus in Innovation Park and recently opened its new Potomac Science Center in Belmont Bay, which houses its Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center and plans are afoot to double its Innovation Park campus over the next five years.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the largest educational institution in Virginia and second largest community college in the country, opened its 55,000 sq. ft. Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training in 2016 Woodbridge, Virginia. The facility is focused on keeping businesses competitive by ensuring a ready supply of appropriately skilled workers with particular focus on cybersecurity, the medical community and logistics.

The Prince William County School (PWCS) system is the second largest of 132 school divisions in Virginia The PWCS system boasted a 92.4% on-time graduation rate in 2018.  One hundred percent of the County’s schools are fully accredited compared to 92% statewide.  The County’s high schools rank among the top 9% in the nation by Newsweek / Washington Post “Challenge Index”.

George Mason University Science & Technology Campus
Established in 1997, George Mason University’s Prince William County Campus offers quality education across Northern Virginia.  Located in Innovation Park, Prince William, Virginia the 134-acre Science & Technology Campus serves more than 8,000 students and is home to a number of innovative facilities including the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Mason Center for Team and Organizational Learning (The EDGE), Hylton Performing Arts Center, and the Biomedical Research Laboratory.

As a major research university, Mason’s Science & Technology Campus plays a major role in the school’s research efforts, conducting research on-site are the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM), the Center for Biomedical Genomics (CBMG), the Center for the Study of Genomic Liver Diseases (CGLD), the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases (NCBID), and the MicroBiome Analysis Center.

Expanding its presence in Prince William County, in 2018, Mason opened its long-awaited Potomac Science Center, which is designated for environmental science research along the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Located along Belmont Bay near the mouth of the Occoquan River, this 50,000 square-foot research facility houses laboratories for teaching and research, lecture rooms, event space, outdoor trails, and a library/resource center. The facility meets LEED Silver certification standards. The Potomac Science Center supports educational outreach to local schools and opportunities for collaboration with government agencies and private industry.

In late 2018, the University announced plans to double in size over the next five years with enrollment projected to grow to 43,000 students by 2024.  The campus itself will be expanded to include more student housing and for the first time, four-year degrees, most likely in STEM programs.  Planning for the campus town center has already begun; it is envisioned that it will house businesses to serve the public and students.

For more information about the George Mason University’s Science & Technology Campus, please visit http://scitechcampus.gmu.edu/.
 

Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses, including Manassas and Woodbridge campuses, both located in Prince William County.  

Manassas Campus 

  • The Manassas Campus offers a variety of academic programs, continuing education classes, events and campus facilities to more than 10,000 students each year.
  • Among the distinctive programs offered at Manassas are the Early Childhood Education program through the Communications Technologies and Social Sciences Division and the Biotechnology and Computer Science program via the Science and Applied Technologies Division.

Woodbridge Campus

  • The Woodbridge Campus offers a variety of academic programs, continuing education classes, events and facilities to more than 11,000 students each year.
  • The Woodbridge Campus offers distinctive programs including Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Web Development, including the Master Math Lab, and English as a Second Language (ESL) in addition to many other degree and certificate programs.

For more information about Northern Virginia Community College, please visit www.nvcc.edu.
 

Stratford University

Stratford University’s Woodbridge Campus is easily accessible from I-95 and offers programs in high-demand fields such as information technology, hospitality, culinary arts, baking and pastry, business, nursing, and health sciences.

For more information about Stratford University and its local campus in Prince William County, please visit http://www.stratford.edu/.
 

Strayer University
Strayer University’s Manassas College Campus is located just off I-66 at Route 234, in the Battlefield Business Park. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered at the Manassas campus in high-demand fields that will support any business including accounting, business, education, health services administration, information systems, and public administration.
 

For more information about Strayer University and its local campus in Prince William County, please visit http://www.strayer.edu/.
 

East Coast Polytechnic Institute (ECPI) University
Located just off I-66, ECPI University’s Northern Virginia campus offers a number of programs which 
provides focus on a number of the County’s targeted sectors including networks security, electronics engineering, mechatronics and advanced manufacturing, IT management, business administration and others.

For more information about ECPI and its local campus in Prince William County, please visit http://www.ecpi.edu/locations/northern-virginia-virginia.
 

Prince William County Public Schools

As the second largest school district in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Prince William County Public Schools is home to 96 schools employing approximately 11,542 school teachers, administrators, and staff that serve approximately 90,203 students throughout the county. Prince William County schools have been ranked among the Nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance and ING, for three years in a row.  The school system includes:

  • 12 high schools
  • 16 middle schools
  • 60 elementary schools
  • 2 traditional schools (Grades 1-8)
  • 1 K-8 (Elementary / Middle) school
  • 3 special education schools
  • 1 alternative school
  • 1 Governor’s school