Virginia State University

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School Overview

Virginia State University (VSU) is a historically black university located in Chesterfield County right outside of Petersburg, Virginia. The university was founded over a hundred years ago in 1882 as the first 4-year higher education institution in the United States dedicated for educating black Americans.

While VSU offers a large selection of exceptional undergraduate and graduate degree programs, it is particulary well known for its programs in agricultural studies, which includes various degree, research and internship opportunities. In addition to its agricultural sciences program, VSU offers degrees in Engineering, Business, Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences. Currently, programs at VSU leading to a degree must be completed at a campus location in a traditional classroom setting. The school does not offer online degree programs at this time.

As a historically black university, VSU offers several scholarship opportunities to African-American students, including the Thurgood Marshal Scholarship. In addition to university sponsored scholarships, students can apply for financial aid in the form of low-interest loans and grants.

While academics and education is the main role of VSU, there are several religious, cultural and service organizations designed to enhanced student live at VSU. Career counseling, tutoring as well as a variety of other services are provided at no cost to all students at Virginia State.

As with most accredited colleges, admissions officers at VSU admit new students based on their grade point average (GPA), SAT/ACT scores, a personal essay, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation.


Virginia State University is made up of six academic colleges, which together have fifty-three departments. The following is comprehensive list of the academic colleges at Virginia State along with each college’s departments.

  • School of Agriculture
    • Agriculture and Human Ecology
    • Agriculture Research Station
    • Cooperative Extension
    • Dietetic Internship, ADA Accredited
    • Hospitality Management
  • School of Engineering, Science, and Technology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry and Physics
    • Computer Engineering
    • Computer Programing
    • Engineering, Engineering Technology, Industrial Education and Technology
    • Engineering Technology
    • Industrial Education and Technology
    • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
  • School of Liberal Arts and Education
    • Health, Physical Education and Recreation
    • History and Philosophy
    • Languages and Literature (English and Mass Communication)
    • Military Science
    • Music, Art and Design
    • Political Science, Public Administration and Economics
    • Professional Education Programs (graduate and undergraduate)
    • Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice
  • School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Outreach. This department offers several master’s degree programs for students which include the following:
    • Biology
    • Career and Technical Studies
    • Counselor Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Educational Administration and Supervision
    • English
    • History
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Mass Communications
    • Psychology
    • Sport Management
  • Bachelor of Individualized Studies
  • The Reginald F. Lewis School of Business
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Management and Marketing
    • Management Information Systems

In addition to the departments and programs listed above VSU also has the Office for International Education and the Institute for Study of Race Relations.

Online Degree Programs

Currently Virginia State University does not offer accredited online degree programs. To search colleges that provide accredited online and distance learning programs in Virginia you can perform a search using the “College Degree Finder” tool in the upper right hand corner of this page.

General Information

Admission Office

One Hayden Drive

PO Box 9018

Petersburg, VA 23806

(804) 524-5902

(800) 871-7611

Fax: (804) 524-5055

Contact: Irene Logan

Director of Admissions
Main Address

One Hayden Drive

Petersburg, VA 23806

(804) 524-5000

Total undergrads: 4,489

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,324

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,420

Graduate enrollment: 553


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 65%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 68%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agriculture – General B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Arts – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Information Technology B


Business Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B


Computer Engineering – General B
Manufacturing Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Engineering Technology – General B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Human Sciences Communication B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) A


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Virginia State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (804) 524-5000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1 Hayden Drive, Petersburg, VA 23806
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,365
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 42%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 4,365 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,154
Out-of-state Tuition: $20,909
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 92%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,552

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Virginia State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Virginia State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 61
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 111
Education 1141
Engineering 2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 13
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Physical Sciences 11
Psychology 111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 2
Visual and Performing Arts 2
Grand total 630142

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Virginia State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,154
Out-of-state $20,909
Books and supplies $1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,989
Out-of-state $22,994

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 853 92%
Grant or scholarship aid 853 92% $6,552
Student loan aid 853 92% $7,663

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,651 91% $9,263
Federal student loans 3,123 78% $8,340

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Virginia State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Virginia State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 7,715 2,515 5,200
Percent admitted 100% 92% 97%
Percent admitted who enrolled 14% 17% 12%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Virginia State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,365
Undergraduate enrollment 4,025
Graduate enrollment 340

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Virginia State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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