Colleges & Universities with Meeting & Event Space

Virginia’s campuses of higher learning provide spacious meeting and event spaces, dining and lodging options in serene natural surroundings and also the latest technologies. Here are a few of the many options available across the Commonwealth.

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg
The main campus in Fredericksburg provides a unique setting for daytime meetings, conferences and special events during the summer season. Venues include Dodd Auditorium, a 1,300 fixed-seat theater, athletic fields, classrooms and on-campus residence halls. For smaller meetings or gatherings, consider Gari Melchers Home & Studio at Belmont.

Jepson Alumni Executive Center – University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg
The Executive Center combines up-to-the-minute technology with the décor and ambience of a by-gone era. The facility boasts several venues from the 3,400 square foot Rappahannock Grand Ballroom, which will seat 220 guests, to the Minor Board Room to two outdoor venues, the Mayo Courtyard with central fountain and the BB&T Terrace.

University of Mary Washington – Stafford Campus
The Stafford Campus features the 2,700-square-foot University Hall, 23 classrooms, seven computer labs, a videoconferencing theater featuring IP-based connectivity, two conference rooms and wireless access throughout the complex. All classrooms are equipped with tables and chairs, computer, projector, screen, and whiteboards. Catering is provided by the University catering services. The Dahlgren Campus offers similar facilities.

The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg
The Campus Center, located on the campus of William and Mary, has two versatile meeting spaces within it as well as dining space. The Little Theatre can be used for small scale performances or meetings and events. Trinkle Hall is a large, classic hall with high ceilings and a ceramic tile floor. Small lounges and outdoor patio space are also available at the Campus Center. The Sadler Center offers state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities and a variety of spaces for 600 to 28 people.

Alumni House – The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg
The William and Mary Alumni House offers rooms and outdoor areas with considerable character and architectural interest. The House’s many spaces may be combined in several ways, making it a distinctive location for events as varied as a large reception or dinner for 180 or, a formal dinner, an executive retreat or an informal outdoor barbecue for 50.

Kimpton The Forum Hotel - University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Charlottesville
The grand, five-story Jeffersonian-style luxury hotel has 199 hotel rooms; more than 22,000 square feet of meeting, innovation and learning space, including a 6,000 square-foot ballroom; amphitheater and outdoor event spaces; a restaurant and bar; and an outdoor green space and arboretum, with contemplative spaces and walking trails that connect Darden and the UVA School of Law. 

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg
The Inn has you covered with 23,705 square feet of conference space, including a 700-seat ballroom, ten dedicated conference rooms, amphitheater style meeting room for 135 and 147 hotel rooms and suites. Also available on campus are classrooms, banquet halls, a garden and gazebos – among other sites well-suited for music, entertainment or keynote speakers. Squires Student Center offers a variety of spaces including standard meeting rooms, dividable rooms, reception-style rooms, and major programming spaces. Affordable dorm accommodations are also available from late May to early August.

George Mason University Science and Technology, Prince William
Choose from four breakout rooms, a 300-person main lecture hall (Verizon Auditorium), a reception venue (Bull Run Hall lobby), two computer labs, electronic classrooms and a large function space at Beacon Hall for your event. In addition, food and beverage service is available on-campus. If additional space is needed, planners can also book the Hylton Performing Arts Center which is across the street from Beacon Hall.

Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg
Many spaces are also available year-round for meetings, dinners and weekend conferences. During the summer months additional space is available on the beautiful 90-acre campus for a variety of groups and special events. Approximately 50 meetings spaces are available with the largest being the 850-seat Lehman Auditorium. EMU is situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. They provide efficient coordination of food service, lodging and scheduling of facilities for external groups.

James Madison University, Harrisonburg
James Madison University provides auditoriums, ballrooms, boardrooms, classrooms, computer labs, meeting rooms, outdoor facilities and theaters. Rooms are fully equipped with the latest technology. Designed to provide a wide array of services, staff can arrange the meeting rooms to fit your needs, whether you need classroom, theater or banquet style. JMU’s Special Events Catering can provide catering and banquet service to any of JMU’s locations. Summer housing and meal plan options are available during the summer conference season. Next to campus, The Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, provides 230 guest rooms and 21,000-square-feet of flexible meeting space.