Virginia Union University

Virginia Union University

Virginia Union University was formed by the merger of the Richmond Theological Institute and the Wayland Seminary in 1899. Hartshorn Memorial College, established in 1883, joined Virginia Union University in 1932. VUU currently occupies an 84-acre campus in Richmond, Virginia and enrolls more than 1,500 students every year.

Virginia Union University offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the following academic divisions:

  • Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology
  • School of Basic, Applied Science, and Technology
  • School of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Sydney Lewis School of Business

The students of Virginia Union University participate in various sports, including basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, track & field, bowling, softball and volleyball. The teams are known as the Panthers and compete in the NCAA Division II.

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Virginia Union University
1500 N Lombardy St
Richmond , VA 23220
General Phone: (804) 257-5600

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Virginia Union University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Religion and Philosophy91religion, theology, ministry
Business and Management47business management, accounting, finance, human resources, MIS, merchandising and sales
Security and Law Enforcement33criminology
Family and Social Work28social work
Therapy and Counseling22psychology
Education and Teaching19special ed, teacher ed, business teaching, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, biology teaching, history teaching, education courses ...
Science15biology, natural sciences, chemistry
Liberal Arts12English, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history, history courses
Mathematics5mathematics, mathematics and statistics, mathematics and computer science
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Music1music performance
Art Studies0art studies

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree20335
Doctor's degree21
First-professional degree871

Virginia Union University Student Body

Virginia Union University is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Virginia Union University had a total enrollment of 1,535 students (1,147 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 27%
Graduate 9%
First Professional 64%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 100%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 30%
20-21 24%
22-24 20%
25-29 5%
30-34 2%
35-39 3%
40-49 6%
50-64 9%
65+ 1%

Virginia Union University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 53 %

Virginia Union University Room and Board (2007)

Virginia Union University offers campus housing for 707 of its 1,147 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Richmond, 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 Union University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 13,662
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,662
Room and board $ 6,328
Room charge $ 2,880
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,548
Books and supplies $ 1,080
Other expenses $ 2,800

Financial Aid:
Virginia Union University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 376600)

Virginia Union University Faculty

Virginia Union University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year2*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year3$41,9471*
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year7$50,4263$35,545

*: 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 year6$45,7412*
Associate professoracademic year9$58,03216$52,773
Assistant professoracademic year8$45,7967$43,813
Instructoracademic year1*3$46,479
All faculty totalacademic year24$49,59328$49,685

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

Virginia Union University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

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

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):


Virginia Union University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
General Merchandising/Sales/Related Marketing Operations, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Education, Other
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Family And Social Work
Social Work

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

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General


Music Performance, General

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Religion/Religious Studies
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Natural Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Virginia Union University Apart:

Number of students
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Top 6%Virginia Union University Number of students
Minority % of student body
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Top 6%Virginia Union University Minority % of student body
Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 9%Virginia Union University Number of degree programs
% of degrees in media
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 12%Virginia Union University % of degrees in media
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 13%Virginia Union University Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 16%Virginia Union University % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
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Top 17%Virginia Union University % of degrees in security and law enforcement
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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Top 19%Virginia Union University % of degrees in drama and performing arts
% of degrees in science
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 19%Virginia Union University % of degrees in science
Male % of student body
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 19%Virginia Union University Male % of student body

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