Virginia State University

Virginia State University

Virginia State University is a land-grant university located in Petersburg, Virginia. Established on March 6, 1882, it was the nation's first fully state supported four-year institute of higher learning for the black Americans. The main campus consists of more than 50 buildings, and is spread across an area of more than 230 acres. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • School of Agriculture
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering, Science, and Technology
  • School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Outreach
  • School of Liberal Arts and Education

VSU fields both men's and women's sports teams, nicknamed the Mighty Trojans. Some of the notable alumni of the university are Reginald Lewis, owner of TLC Beatrice International; Billy Taylor, Jazz musician; and James Avery, actor.

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Virginia State University
One Hayden Drive
Petersburg , VA 23806
General Phone: (804) 524-5000

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Virginia State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching131curriculum and instruction, educational administration, school counseling, business teaching, physical education teaching, trade and industrial teaching
Business and Management126business management, accounting, managerial economics, marketing
Liberal Arts112English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history
Security and Law Enforcement65criminal justice and safety, corrections and criminal justice
Therapy and Counseling55psychology, medical psychology
Media54mass communication, public relations and advertising
Computer Science and Engineering42information technology, computer science, computer engineering
Science34biology, chemistry, physics
Family and Social Work26family and consumer economics, public administration, social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine14registered nursing
Art Studies14visual and performing arts
Hospitality10hospitality management
Engineering8manufacturing engineering
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy8sports and fitness management, dietitian
Engineering Technician7electrical/electronic tech, industrial tech, mechanical engineering related tech, engineering technician
Agricultural Science and Management7agriculture
Music5music performance
Landscaping and Horticulture0plant sciences

Number of programs and degrees for Virginia State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree59935
Master's degree9917
Doctor's degree92
Postbaccalaureate certificate02
Post-master's certificate01
Associate's degree141

Virginia State Student Body

Virginia State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Virginia State had a total enrollment of 4,720 students (4,361 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 88%
Graduate 12%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 5%
Black 91%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 37%
20-21 30%
22-24 15%
25-29 6%
30-34 2%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York9%
New Jersey4%
Washington, DC3%
North Carolina2%
South Carolina1%

Virginia State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 73 %
Part-Time 100 %

Virginia State Room and Board (2007)

Virginia State offers campus housing for 2,984 of its 4,361 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Petersburg, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Virginia State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal400470
SAT Math390470
SAT Writing380460

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Virginia State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,903
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,018
Room and board $ 7,710
Room charge $ 4,462
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,248
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,675

Financial Aid:
Virginia State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 376400)

Virginia State Faculty

Virginia State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track5743
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2531

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year18$102,7601*
Associate professorcalendar year7$115,4309$81,365
Assistant professorcalendar year5$79,3502*
Instructorcalendar year4$55,0302*
All faculty totalcalendar year34$96,31114$76,158

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year20$77,7245$70,774
Associate professoracademic year42$66,37038$57,142
Assistant professoracademic year43$63,14939$61,274
Instructoracademic year9$52,15610$52,431
All faculty totalacademic year114$66,02592$59,122

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Virginia State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports22325

Virginia State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Information Technology

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Manufacturing Engineering

Engineering Technician
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other
Public Administration
Social Work

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Plant Sciences, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Health/Medical Psychology
Psychology, General

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What Sets Virginia State Apart:

% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Virginia State % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Virginia State Dorm rooms per full-time student
Minority % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Virginia State Minority % of student body
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 12%Virginia State Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Virginia State Number of students
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%Virginia State % of degrees in computer science and engineering
% of degrees in media
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Virginia State % of degrees in media
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 17%Virginia State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Virginia State % of degrees in education and teaching
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 18%Virginia State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs

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