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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C
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 3,976 undergraduate students. The Virginia State acceptance rate is 91%. Popular majors include Communications, Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, and Physical Education Teaching and Coaching. Graduating 42% of students, Virginia State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,400.
About Virginia State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
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
91%
Application Deadline
May 1
SAT Range
820-1010
ACT Range
15-19
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$16,247/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,876/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
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.82 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.83 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,976Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
326
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
67%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 53 responses
Report
  • Everyone's different
    36%
  • Focused
    26%
  • Determine
    19%
  • Party
    8%
  • Degree seeking slackers
    6%
  • Talented
    4%
  • Diverse
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.99 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.117 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 56 responses
Report
  • "V-S-U ! I love it! I love it! I love it!"
    41%
  • Historically Black
    21%
  • All the above
    20%
  • HAIL STATE!
    16%
  • Enjoyable
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
42%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.56 responses
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VSU wasnt my first choice but i glad i chose this HBCU, its a very positive fun environment there are many organizations and things to join not to mention a like of different people to connect with. The staff i have had interactions with are amazing and most of the time friendly. There are probably more hidden gems about this school that i have yet to come across yet!
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My experience at Virginia State University was amazing! I have the same birthday as my school president, I am a Virginia State University Woo Woo, I am now a junior at Virginia State and VSU gave me the opportunity to start my distress jeans company here. I have met people who could eventually be my family and amazing networking opportunities.
Virginia State University is an HBCU (Historically Black College University) in Petersburg, Virginia. This school is one of the top HBCU's in the country. The opportunities that present themselves here are amazing. Depending on your course of study many doors will be opened for you resulting in internships relating to your major and maybe even job opportunities in your field of study. The campus is nice and you meet lots of people which is always a nice things. The academics are well and you will be successful here if you apply yourself, I would recommend this school to anyone.