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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    D-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    C-
Virginia State University is ...
Public, HBCU
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc
Address
1 Hayden Drive
Petersburg, VA 23806
Website
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Virginia State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
94%
Application Deadline
May 1
SAT Range
730-900
ACT Range
15-19
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$15,266/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,998/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,972/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,695/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,268/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,047/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.78 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.79 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,023Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
67%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 49 responses
Report
  • Everyone's different
    33%
  • Focused
    27%
  • Determine
    20%
  • Party
    8%
  • Degree seeking slackers
    6%
  • Talented
    4%
  • Diverse
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
46%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.95 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.113 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • "V-S-U ! I love it! I love it! I love it!"
    42%
  • Historically Black
    23%
  • HAIL STATE!
    17%
  • All the above
    15%
  • Enjoyable
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.56 responses
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I love Virginia State University! Being here at VSU I learned more about myself and how to express myself. The professors here love their students and will go above and beyond for their students but will also push you to your maximum potential they see in you. The professors are always available for students to contact them. Campus food is great! Wednesday's is fried chicken Wednesday's and Fridays is Fish Fry Friday's. Campus has a great tutoring services offered to students. One thing I would like to see Change is all of the dorms updated to modern living for students and get rid of community bathrooms.
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Virginia State University is amazing! You feel like you are one big happy family. Everyone takes the time to make you feel welcomed, no matter what the event is. The parties are out of this world, but most importantly the education is great! The professors that the time to help each individual with what he/she needs help with and doesn’t complain or judge them.
Transferring to Virginia State University has been a blessing. I have grown academically as well as mentally. Growing up in a small community, a place where opportunities are very limited to black males, this university has been an eye opener to many possibilities in a great way. I've met many friends and the professors have been great in helping to make this truly a learning experience for me. I am looking forward to my second semester as a Trojans!