"The foundation of every state is the education of its youth."

                                                                        —Diogenes Laertius
Welcome to 4-VA!

4-VA is a collaborative of four universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia: George Mason University, James Madison University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  4-VA creates an environment in which the four universities work together and, as a result, achieve more.

4-VA is a statewide initiative dedicated to fostering collaboration among Virginia universities with the goal of improving all Virginians’ access to higher education.

4-VA is advancing initiatives to increase the number of college graduates, especially in fields important to the state’s economic development. 4-VA is charged with increasing access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses for Virginia students. For example, through 4-VA, students with an associate’s degree from a Virginia community college can transition into an on-line program to get a bachelor’s degree from either George Mason University or James Madison University.

By working together, faculty from the 4-VA schools can share ideas, create an online library of shared resources, and collaborate on course re-design to reduce duplicate efforts and free up time that can then be spent on expertise-specific courses.