Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneA-
- Campus FoodC+
- Student LifeB
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 3,862 undergraduate students. The Virginia State acceptance rate is 91%. Popular majors include Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, and Communications. Graduating 38% of students, Virginia State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,400.
Virginia State University Rankings
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- 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.83 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.84 responses
Most Popular Majors
Criminal Justice and Safety Studies81 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching75 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities43 Graduates
Social Work and Youth Services36 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 53 responses
- Everyone's different36%
- Degree seeking slackers6%
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.100 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.118 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 57 responses
- "V-S-U ! I love it! I love it! I love it!"40%
- Historically Black21%
- All the above19%
- HAIL STATE!16%
- Home away from home2%
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
In today's society, online courses are widely used in colleges providing easy access to course materials, classroom discussions, and feedback to instructors. The course materials and activities may be accessed from any computer, whether it is from the University or from the comfort of your own home. I've taken two online courses since I've been in college and have benefited from those classes. There are a few reasons to why I'm drawn to an online education course as opposed to taking courses in a traditional classroom setting. First of all, I have a full-time job, which limits my opportunities to attend classes scheduled during normal school hours. Also online classes allow me to work on my own and move at my own pace. Finally, these classes offer more of a one-on-one teacher-student relationship rather than a teacher having to spread their focus amongst thirty other students. Any student that is interested in taking an online course should do research on the class.
Unfortunately during my freshman year spring semester the world got hit with a nationwide virus. Due to the virus my time staying on campus was cut short and for safety reasons all students and staff had to evacuate campus grounds sending everyone back home. Professors and the school staff took about a week figuring out how they would move forward with switching over to remote learning. During the process students were kept updated with emails from professors as well as staff about how things would be changing academically and how we would be using emails, scheduled phone calls, zoom as our way of communication. The app Zoom was our “classroom” for some students. Personally my professors made the remote transition easier for us and they understood our needs as students and really worked with us to make sure we finished the best we could once the semester came to an end.
When i think about my college experience at VSU , there are many things that come to mind. Some of them are: good memories, bad memories, mistakes, lessons, happiness, heartbreak, misfortune, joy, drama, and most importantly, fun. College to me seemed like it past by really fast, almost too fast sometimes. I learned many valuable life lessons as well as made life long friends. I learned the value of hard work, dedication, and also how to tell your real friends from the others. It was tough but overall a great experience that i will soon miss. When I think about college and all the memories, some of them were good, an some of them were bad. Most of the good memories involved my good friends and most of the bad memories involved just me. Some examples of good memories in college is just like going to the different sports games with my friends. My friends and I attended many of the football games, basketball games and some baseball games.