Virginia Union University Admissions

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

Pickford Hall at Virginia Union University
Pickford Hall at Virginia Union University. Morgan Riley / Wikimedia Commons

Virginia Union University Description:

Virginia Union University is a private Baptist historically black university located on an 84-acre campus in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Commonwealth University is just a few blocks away, and Washington D.C. is about two hours to the north. The university's rich history dates to 1865 when it was founded to provide educational opportunities for newly emancipated slaves. Today VUU is a comprehensive university with a liberal arts focus. Popular majors span the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and professional fields. Academics are supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the university takes pride in the personal attention students receive. Campus life is active with a range of student clubs and organizations include Pep Squad, Model United Nations, Slam Union, and Social Work Club. VUU also has five fraternities and four sororities for students interested in Greek life. On the athletic front, the university sponsors intramurals such as kickball and dodgeball. For more serious athletes, the VUU Panthers compete in the NCAA Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association (CIAA). They have won numerous national championships, and the men’s basketball team has frequently won the CIAA championship. The university fields six men's and eight women's intercollegiate sports. 

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,815 (1,393 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $17,034
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,414
  • Other Expenses: $3,438
  • Total Cost: $30,386

Virginia Union University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 96%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,587
    • Loans: $6,914

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Criminology, History, Mass Communications, Psychology, Social Work

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 66%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 2%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 17%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 33%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

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

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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