Virginia State is a public university located in Ettrick, Virginia in the Richmond Area. As a historically black college, VSU has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,023 undergraduate students. The Virginia State acceptance rate is 94%. Popular majors include Communications, Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, and Physical Education Teaching and Coaching. Graduating 44% of students, Virginia State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,800.
Virginia State University Rankings
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.79 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.80 responses
Most Popular Majors
Criminal Justice and Safety Studies94 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching79 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities59 Graduates
Business Administration and Management53 Graduates
Social Work and Youth Services52 Graduates
Hospitality and Tourism Management21 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.96 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.114 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.56 responses
Virginia State University Reviews
First and foremost, I would like to say that Virginia State University is a very family oriented environment for its students. I consider VSU to be a family. The students and advisors make you feel at home. They welcome you with open arms. To me, they advocate acceptance. I’m grateful to be apart of an HBCU that I’ve been embraced with such profound comfort. Behold the true Orange and Blue!
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.
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.