Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA 23806


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Small
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 4,584
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 2,921 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Virginia State University is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 5,722 applications and 5,406 students were granted admission. Virginia State University is at the #92 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 20% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 72% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT730 to 900
ACT15 to 19

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Virginia State University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $14,992 and in-state students paid $5,172.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 92% of Virginia State University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 67% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,082 (which is 7.9% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Virginia State University in 2016-2017, was 689, which is 90% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $7,539 (which is 42.2% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Virginia State University has enrolled a total of 4,584 students (4,280 students full-time and 304 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 4,584 students, 278 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 42% men and 58% women and 4,165 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 419 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Black/African American: 61%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 34%

White: 2%

Hispanic: 1%

Non-resident alien: 1%

Asian: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%

Two or more races: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Virginia State University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 16% 493
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 9% 266
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 8% 239
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 7% 207
Psychology 5% 161
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 3% 104
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3% 96
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 3% 92
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 3% 79
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 2% 70

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Virginia State University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Virginia State University.

Longwood University
53.8 mile away
Old Dominion University
65.9 mile away
Norfolk State University
69.1 mile away