Virginia contains eighteen schools that offer sports programs. James Madison University, the highest-ranking sports school in VA, has a total student population of 18,971 and is the 72nd highest ranked school in America.
Of the 18 sports schools in Virginia, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Shenandoah University comes out as the most expensive ($26,157/yr), with Virginia State University as the lowest recorded at only $10,202/yr.
Sports students from Virginia schools who go on to become professional athletes, athletes, coaches, sports professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 13,620 people working as athletes and sports competitors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,950. Also, Umpires, referees, and other sports officials make on average $28,490 per year and there are about 14,860 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Virginia alone, there are 190 employed umpires, referees, and other sports officials earning an average yearly salary of $29,270. Athletes and sports competitors in this state earn $57,920/yr and there are 120 employed.
Also, within the sports schools in Virginia, the average student population is 3,287 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 16 to 1. Aside from sports, there are 3782 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,568 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $4,181, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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