Virginia State University (VSU)

Virginia State University was established in 1882. VSU is organized into five academic schools, which grant more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees in various fields of study. The university offers traditional majors like Business Administration, Physical Education, Criminal Justice and Mass Communications, but also offers a Bachelor’s of individualized studies designed for working adults attending school on a part-time basis. From Homecoming events to Jazz on the Hill, students are sure to find some social activity to appeal to their personal interests, especially with eight of the historically black fraternities and sororities on campus. There are plenty of clubs to support their academic and professional interests as well, such as the National Association of Black Accountants and the Association of Political Scientists. Virginia State University is committed to the success of its students. It is VSU’s belief that the world can be improved through a rigorous academic curriculum and diverse student organizations and activities. 

Location: Petersburg, VA

Type of Institution: Four-year, HBCU

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State: $3,710

     • Out-of-State: $8,194

Size: 5,300+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 84%

Percentage of Men: 40%

Percentage of Women: 60%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 19:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Colleges/Schools: Agriculture; Business; Engineering, Science and Technology; Liberal Arts and Education; Graduate Studies

Housing: On-campus housing provided


     • Greek: Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Iota Phi Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta

     • Others: National Association of Black Engineers, National Association of Black Accountants, Pre-Law Society, Mass Communication Club, Sista’ to Sista’, Caribbean Students Association, Betterment of Brothers and Sisters

Famous Black Grads/Faculty: Reginald Lewis, James Avery, Billy Taylor, Aaron and Damion Hall

City Life: Museums, National Battlefield Park, shopping, dining, theater/performing arts, Virginia Motorsports Park, 20 minutes from Richmond, VA