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Virginia State University

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Virginia State University was founded in 1882 as a normal school for African Americans and is now one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions. It received university status in 1979. It is an historically black institution. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university defines its mission as “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.” It is classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute.


Virginia State University has academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. There are 4 colleges: the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology; the School of Agriculture; the School of Business; the School of Liberal Arts and Education; and the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Outreach.

Bachelor’s degrees are offered in a variety of fields within the various academic colleges. Degrees at the bachelor’s level can be received in such areas as agriculture, home economics, management, criminal justice, history, music, public administration, social work, biology, engineering, and mass communications.

Graduate programs are offered in 12 areas. These include master’s level programs in education, biology, counselor education, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, physics, and psychology. A doctoral degree is offered in educational administration and supervision.

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Virginia State University accepts undergraduate applications through the summer prior to the fall term; students should check with the school to see if applications are still being accepted at a specific date. The application fee is $25. Applications can be submitted on-line. Students who are enrolled in high school at the time of application will need to have their official final high school transcripts sent after graduation to the Admissions Office.

As part of their application, students should submit two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Students should have completed high school courses as follows: 4 units of English, 3 units of mathematics, 3 units of history and social studies, and 3 units of science. 2 units of a foreign language are recommended.

Transfer students and international students will have varying requirements depending upon their prior educational background.

Students applying to the graduate programs at Virginia State University should consult the individual department and/or school to which they are applying. Applications can be submitted on-line, and the application fee is $25. General requirements include the GRE or other appropriate test scores (such as the GMAT) and a bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 2.6. The recommended graduate application deadline is May 1 for the fall semester.

Financial Aid

Tuition and required fees at Virginia State University are $2,417 per semester for the 2005-2006 academic year for in-state, undergraduate students attending full-time. Students applying from out of state and graduate students have higher costs; the out-of-state undergraduate rate is almost three times as much, at $6,023.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. Work-study programs are also available for eligible students. Students can receive work-study positions tutoring in the local schools through the America Reads Program. Students who seek financial aid will need to fill out the Federal Student Financial Aid Form, available on-line.

Graduate students may also receive financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including a stipend and a waiver of some or all of the tuition and other fees. Graduate students should consult with their individual department about what sort of assistantships are available and about the details of the application process. There are a few merit-based graduate fellowships available.

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Student life at Virginia State University includes opportunities in a diverse range of activities and organizations. There are fraternities and sororities, academic and professional groups, religious organizations, and special interest groups such as Sista’ to Sista’ and the Orchesis Dance Theater.

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Virginia State University is an NCAA Division II School. Teams compete in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, football, tennis, golf, cross country, and track & field. Women’s sports include bowling, volleyball, tennis, softball basketball, cross country, and track & field. The team nick-name is the Trojans. Trojan athletes have competed in track & field at the NCAA division championships.

Local Community

Virginia State University is located in Petersburg, Virginia, which has a population of approximately 33,000 and is near the state capitol of Richmond. It is located on the Appomattox River and is the site of various Revolutionary and Civil War events. There are three museums, a historical park, and a National Battlefield.

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Ranks 37th in Virginia and 1249th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Virginia and 483rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 6 0.10
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery 2 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.08
Arrest 24 0.41

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 88 0.27
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.02
Forcible Rape 9 0.03
Robbery 53 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 434 1.32
Larceny 929 2.83
Vehicle theft 107 0.33

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5104

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1312th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,712 $4,712 $13,590
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $3,072 $3,072 $3,602
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $346 $346 $750
FT Graduate Tuition $6,914 $6,914 $15,300
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,572 $2,572 $3,102
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $478 $478 $897
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,767 $20,767 $30,175
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,767 $20,767 $30,175
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,591 $15,591 $24,999

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,090 $7,420 $7,090 $7,420 $15,988 $16,388
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,880 $9,680
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,675(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $9,680
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $1,675
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $3,960

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,729 (1,999 male / 3,730 female)
Admitted 5,419 (1,851 male / 3,568 female)
Admission rate 95%
First-time Enrollment 1,244 (462 male / 782 female)
FT Enrollment 1,241 (460 male / 781 female)
PT Enrollment 3 (2 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment5,763

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc

ACT Test Admission

1343rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 23%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 13 / 19
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 18
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 18

SAT Test Admission

1313th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 88%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 370 / 450
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 360 / 445
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 730 / 895

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,340
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,990
Board Fee$4,018

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 8 926 12 6 30 99 1,081
Accounting 27 1 2 30
Agriculture, General 14 1 3 18
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 33 1 2 37
Business Administration and Management, General 1 56 3 60
Business Teacher Education
Business/Managerial Economics 5 5
Chemistry, General 12 2 14
Computer Engineering, General 21 2 1 24
Computer Science 16 1 1 18
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 6 2 8
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 22 23
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 91 1 1 10 103
Curriculum and Instruction 15 1 1 17
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 8 1 5 14
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other 7 7
English Language and Literature, General 14 1 2 17
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other 28 4 32
History, General 10 3 4 17
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 14 1 15
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 17 1 19
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 29 4 3 36
Management Information Systems, General 1 26 2 29
Manufacturing Engineering 2 2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 18 1 1 20
Mass Communication/Media Studies 66 1 10 77
Mathematics, General 10 1 1 1 13
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other 7 1 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 19 3 1 7 30
Music Performance, General 5 5
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 92 4 8 105
Physics, General
Plant Sciences, General 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 29 6 35
Psychology, General 1 84 2 4 91
Public Administration 16 16
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 8 1 9
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 6 2 8
Social Work 25 1 1 6 33
Sociology 12 1 1 3 17
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 18 4 22
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 1 23 1 2 27
Visual and Performing Arts, General 15 1 3 19

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1210th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $71,910 ($75,043 male / $62,113 female)
Number of FT Faculty 296 (171 male / 125 female)
Number of PT Faculty 446
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $6,665,234

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