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
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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

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
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.76 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.77 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 47 responses
Report
  • Everyone's different
    32%
  • Focused
    28%
  • Determine
    21%
  • Party
    9%
  • Degree seeking slackers
    6%
  • Talented
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.93 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.111 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 50 responses
Report
  • "V-S-U ! I love it! I love it! I love it!"
    42%
  • Historically Black
    24%
  • HAIL STATE!
    18%
  • All the above
    14%
  • 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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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!
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Virginia State University(VSU) is an excellent college choice with absolutely phenomenal professors and students from all different backgrounds. As a second semester freshman here at VSU, I must say, at first I was unsure of what to expect as far as campus life goes. When most hear the word "college" they think parties, homework, parties, parties, sororities or fraternities, and of course, parties. VSU quickly brought me to reality. Everyone here takes their college careers extremely serious, some practically live in the library! Not only are students here striving to excel in their respected field, but many of these students have no problem with standing up for what they believe in. There is inspiration everywhere! Virginia STate University, in a short time span, has taught me to be unapologetic in who I am, seek knowledge, walk in pride for my school, and has changed me for the better. VSU! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT!
Overall, my experience at Virginia State has been an amazing one. Coming into college, I wasn't sure what to expect. But VSU has definitely changed me for the better. I personally thought college was going to be all about parties and not getting anything done. Virginia State definitely proved me wrong. I've never seen so many students take their college careers so serious! Many of the students are dedicated to making the campus a better place socially and academically. They truly stand up for what they believe in and it has definitely been an inspiration to me. In high school, I was a decent student but I had trouble applying myself to my school work. After a semester or two at VSU, my outlook on school definitely changed. After finishing my sophomore year there, I can definitely look back and say that VSU has changed me for the better. I would definitely recommend this school for anyone.