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
Address:1 Hayden Drive, Petersburg, VA 23806
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:4,584
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):46%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:4,584 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$8,472
Out-of-state Tuition:$19,002
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:92%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$5,525

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Virginia State University Programs

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services61
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services111
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields13
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences11
Health Professions and Related Programs11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Physical Sciences11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences2
Visual and Performing Arts2
Grand total5130162

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 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 Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid70392%
Grant or scholarship aid70392%$5,525
Student loan aid70392%$7,648

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid4,07196%$14,743
Federal student loans3,54884%$10,620

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 2017

Number of applicants5,7222,1723,550
Percent admitted100%88%98%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%20%17%

Admissions Considerations

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 2017

Total Enrollment4,584
Undergraduate enrollment4,165
Graduate enrollment419

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
    • 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

*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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