About Virginia State University

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University. is a Public college. Located in Virginia, which is a city setting in Virginia, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 4,165 full time undergraduate students, and 419 full time graduate students.

The Virginia State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 266 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Virginia State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate94%
Application Deadline
Application Fee25
SAT Range730-900
ACT Range15-19

Admissions at VSU are considered Less Selective, with ,63% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 18 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

59% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 21% were in the top quarter, and 5% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Virginia State University.

7%
“We”re apathetic”
14%
“We know about current events and vote”
68%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
11%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
16%
“Sometimes, but not often”
49%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
31%
“All the time, including weekends”
2%
“I”m always terrified”
11%
“I only go out in groups”
46%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
41%
“I feel extremely safe”
9%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
18%
“We bought the gear”
73%
“We live for the big game”
12%
“It”s not really our thing”
18%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
46%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
25%
“We”re a very artistic group”
5%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
46%
“They keep regular office hours”
45%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
4%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
81%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
15%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
9%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
37%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
44%
“We only party on weekends”
11%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
23%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
48%
“There might be people who do”
21%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
7%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
7%
“We”re apathetic”
14%
“We know about current events and vote”
68%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
11%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
16%
“Sometimes, but not often”
49%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
31%
“All the time, including weekends”
2%
“I”m always terrified”
11%
“I only go out in groups”
46%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
41%
“I feel extremely safe”
9%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
18%
“We bought the gear”
73%
“We live for the big game”
12%
“It”s not really our thing”
18%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
46%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
25%
“We”re a very artistic group”
5%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
46%
“They keep regular office hours”
45%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
4%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
81%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
15%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
9%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
37%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
44%
“We only party on weekends”
11%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
23%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
48%
“There might be people who do”
21%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
7%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Virginia State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    141 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    105 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    144 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    144 Students rated campus facilities 3.7 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    144 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    144 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    144 Students rated local services 3.6 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    144 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Virginia State University?

67 Students rated Virginia State University

Ryan - 10/07/2021

I think that Virginia State University is a good school to attend. The class sizes are one of my favorite things about this school. My average class size this semester is 14 students to 1 teacher. I come from a small hometown school so this is a must for me. The teachers here a well-educated and have a strong knowledge for what they are teaching. This makes for a good schooling and smooth school year. I am on the baseball team, and they work hard. This is important to me because if we did not work hard then we would not be good on the field. I do not like to lose so this will help to ensure that.

dominique - 07/02/2020

My opinion on my wonderful HBCU is we are a very intelligent group of people who give back

Kamal

Virginia State University is an amazing college to attend. There is always something to do and there are plenty of people to have conversations with. At VSU we have a very interactive president and VSU is a big happy family. Of course there are ups and downs, but every college has ups and downs. I am glad that I attend Virginia State University it is really for me. Hail State!!

Ezekiel

Virginia State is great place to grow and learn to develop your skills. It provides a nice learning environment where students can get a hands-on experience into their desired field of work. In my experience with the campus, I have enjoyed myself but I have also been challenged to push myself to accomplish my goals. The professors here also are very helpful and often available to help you after class hours. I would recommend anyone who is looking for a good education into their desired field of work to come to Virginia State Univerity.

Virginia State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Virginia State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Virginia State University is 94%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Dear Tierra, I know you are about to embark on a new journey. This next phase of your life is very important as you will be growing into an adult and will no doubt encounter some obstacles. Be prepared to face them with a strong heart and always stay focused on your success. Make sure that all of the decisions that you make are ones that will benefit you now and in your future; ones that will get you to the next level in your life. Learn as much as you can learn, but remember that good grades aren't the only thing that you will need once you graduate. Be proactive before you graduate and really think about what direction you want your life to take post graduation. Get involved in as many things as possible and don't be afraid of anything. You are strong and extremely determined to do well, and you will, no matter how long it may take. But Tierra, as serious as life can be, college is not just about studying and straight A's. Remember to have fun, enjoy yourself and live your life. With love always, Your future self

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school is friendly, academically sound, and overall a great school to attend.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    some what motivated, but not fully focus.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    If you aren't a people's person you should not attend this school because everyone is actually very friendly. For example, when I first arrived here I felt kind of out of place one because of the weather and two because it was an HBCU and I never experiened anything like this before: My fellow classmates and professors made me feel real welcome.

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is the financial aid that they provide for students. The school offers little scholarships to students even if they recieve good grades at the university. Virginia State is a fairly expensive schoool to attend and unless you come from a low income family, the financial aid awarded is slim to none. The school does not offer additional help for students that can not afford to attend , which I feel is an important characteristic an university should obtain.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about Virginia State University is the feeling of having a home away from home. Whenever it feels as though you are alone there's a strong network of individuals to assist in making your day a little better or at least to the best of their ability. The environments one where one can be an individual and independent but is held responsible for their actions. The best thing though is the Trojan pride and history taught about the school, from its trials and tribulations being a historically black school to educating students on the successes of VSU.

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  8. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Virginia State University is a HBCU with many things to offer. The professors on this campus focus more on student needs than themselves. They strive for the best in the students. Also campus life is very exciting. Students get chances to get to know one another with the many socials that the school offers.

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    how old the school building were

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It is known for being an HBCU, a Historically Black College/University, which makes it rich in African-American culture. Many of the buildings the dormitories have been around since the school was founded.

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  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    someone that is ready for an HBCU experience and willing to experience new things.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    it is isolated but still not far from attractions and stores. It is not a big campus but a fair amount of people.

    Read all  15 answers
  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The fast-pace of the coursework, although it helps motivate students to stay focused and reach maximum potential.

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  14. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    The library will become your best friend

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Student Body

Students

57%

female

43%

male

4,165

Total Undergrad Enrollment

419

Total Grad Students

32%

Out-Of-State

66%

In-State

2%

International

Organizations

72

Student Organizations

5

Fraternities

4

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

52%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
N/A
% Black or African-American
61%
% Hispanic/Latino
1%
% White or Caucasian
2%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

92% of students attending Virginia State University receive some sort of financial aid. 67% were awarded federal grants. While 90% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$19,002

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,300

Books and Supplies

$10,562

Room and Board

30,864

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$12,998
$30 - $48K
$13,972
$48 - $75K
$16,695
$75 - $110K
$18,268
$110K & UP
$20,047

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