- Associated Press - Monday, January 8, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia colleges awarded the highest number of bachelor’s degrees in state history last year.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports research released Friday by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia shows that students earned a total of 54,508 bachelor’s degrees in the 2016-2017 school year, with the majority - at nearly 38,000- conferred by the state’s public colleges.

The three most popular majors at public colleges were psychology, biology and business administration, unchanged from the previous year. The state also set a record for the conferral of science, technology, engineering, math and health degrees, at 24,405.

More than 31,000 of the degrees were obtained by in-state students.

The combined number of undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and certificates did see a drop of around 1,000 from 2016’s record of 119,934.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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