Virginia State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, & More

Virginia State University
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Virginia State University Description:

Virginia State University is a highly regarded historically black university located in Ettrick, Virginia, just outside Petersburg. The attractive 236-acre main campus overlooks the Appomattox River. Washington, DC, and the Raleigh-Durham area are both about two hours away. The university also has a 416-acre agricultural research campus. Undergraduates can choose from 34 bachelor's degree programs from a range of liberal arts and professional fields.

VSU has some excellent financial aid programs for low income applicants. On the athletic front, the Virginia State University Trojans compete in the NCAA Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

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Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 4,584 (4,165 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,472 (in-state); $19,002 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,562
  • Other Expenses: $1,675
  • Total Cost: $22,009 (in-state); $32,539 (out-of-state)

    Virginia State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 92%
    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
      • Grants: 92%
      • Loans: 92%
    • Average Amount of Aid
      • Grants: $5,525
      • Loans: $7,648

    Academic Programs:

    • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Criminal Justice, Health and Physical Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, Management, Mass Communications, Psychology

    Graduation and Retention Rates:

    • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
    • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 25%
    • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 44%

    Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

    • Men's Sports: Football, Basketball, Golf, Baseball, Track and Field, Tennis
    • Women's Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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    Virginia State University Mission Statement:

    mission statement from the Virginia State University website

    "Virginia State University, America's first fully state supported four‑year institution of higher learning for Blacks, is a comprehensive university and one of two land‑grant institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Its mission is to promote and sustain academic programs that integrate instruction, research, and extension/public service in a design most responsive to the needs and endeavors of individuals and groups within its scope of influence. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to the promotion of knowledgeable, perceptive, and humane citizens ­secure in their self‑awareness, equipped for personal fulfillment, sensitive to the needs and aspirations of others, and committed to assuming productive roles in a challenging and ever-changing global society."

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