Virginia Colleges on Admission of Aliens

On December 13, 2010, one of my colleagues in the House asked the following question of Virginia colleges and universities: “What is your institution’s policy regarding the admission of aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States?”

I thought you might be interested in their responses:

The College of William and Mary does not knowingly enroll unlawful aliens.

George Mason University does not consider citizenship or immigration status in admissions decisions.

James Madison University does not accept illegal immigrants.

Old Dominion University does not inquire about citizenship until an applicant has been accepted, but requires documentation of immigration status prior to enrollment.

Radford University has no written policy about aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States.

The University of Mary Washington requires either a resident alien card or proof that an applicant has applied for legal status to allow that applicant to enroll.

The University of Virginia does not currently enroll any undocumented or illegal immigrants. The admissions process is blind to immigration status, but matriculation requires proof of immigration status.

The University of Virginia at Wise requires all students to demonstrate legal residency to be eligible for admission.

Virginia Commonwealth University requires proof of permanent residency or application for permanent residency with the admission application.

Virginia Military Institute requires international student applicants to submit student visa information.

Virginia State University has no written policy, but complies with HB1465, which states that an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States is not eligible for admission.

Virginia Tech requires each applicant to indicate his or her country of citizenship, then classifies all students who are not U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents as out-of-state students for tuition purposes.

Richard Bland College does not admit illegal aliens.

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One response to “Virginia Colleges on Admission of Aliens

  1. Why would Virginia allow any funded University or school of higher learning to enroll illegal residents? This is up to you as my Delagate.
    Sam Hubbard

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