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Estd 1882Established Year

Virginia State University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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Virginia State University is a public institution established in the year 1882. It is one of the two of Virginia’s institutions with land-grant. It has a total enrollment of over 4,000 students. The college is spread in a wide campus of 231-acre with 11 residence halls, 412-acre agriculture research facility, and 18 academic buildings. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges of Schools Commission on College to award certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The University is composed of 6 colleges which hold 9 distinct accreditations from agencies like Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Council on Social Work Education, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, etc.

Virginia State University Campus

Virginia State University Rankings

Virginia State University has remarkable rankings on various education portals which make it worth considering for studying in the U.S. Some of these rankings are as follows:

  • According to the U.S. News and World Report 2020, the University ranks as:
    • #61 in Regional Universities (South)
    • #41 in Best Value Schools
    • #5 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
    • #24 in Top Public Schools
    • #129 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Colleges
    • #21 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    • #37 in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • The Times Higher Education World University Ranking has placed the University in 601-800th in U.S. College Rankings 2019.


Type of UniversityPublic, Co-ed University
Establishment Year1882
LocationPetersburg, Virginia
Campus SettingSuburban
Mode of ProgramFull-time, online
Student-Faculty Ratio13:1
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2019)95%
Retention Rate65%
Total Enrollment4,365
On-campus accommodationAvailable
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Admission SeasonsFall and Spring
Financial AidScholarships

Virginia State University Campus

  • Virginia State University has a wide 236-acre campus located in Virginia’s historic Chesterfield County.
  • The University is located at a distance of 20 minutes from Richmond in the village of Ettrick.
  • The campus of the University has a scenic view of the Appomattox River and Peterburg.
  • The campus comprises a well equipped 280,000 volume library, an engineering center, a new science center, computer technology center as well as a radio station.
  • Besides, it also consists of a 416-acre farm and an agricultural research center.

Virginia State University Residence

  • Virginia State University offers on-campus housing and residence facilities to all international students.
  • All sophomore and first-time students must live on campus.
  • The university comprises 11 residence halls that present a collaborative space for learning and networking.
  • Each residence halls are fully equipped with internet, cable TV, meeting areas, laundry, and computer facilities. Besides, the common space between the two buildings comprises the main entrance, lobby, wellness center, game room, beauty/ barber salon.
  • The on-campus housing consists of gender-specific and co-ed residence halls. These include 1,500 beds with all amenities, work out rooms, communal kitchen, spacious lounges, multimedia classrooms, laundry facilities, and much more.
  • The housing options are divided into freshman and upperclassmen residence halls. Freshman housing options include Branch Hall, Byrd Hall, Eggleston Hall, Langston Hall, Seward Hall, Williams Hall, and VSU Quad I. UpperClassmen residence halls include Gateway Hall, Moore Hall, VSU Quad II and Whiting Hall.
  • Students can also look for alternative accommodation facilities in the U.S. as per their convenience.

Virginia State University Courses

  • Virginia State University offers 36 undergraduate, 16 graduate, 2 doctorate, and 8 certificate programs to domestic and international students.
  • The programs are organized into 6 colleges namely College of Agriculture, Reginald F. Lewis College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Technology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Natural and Health Sciences.
  • The programs include degrees in Accounting, agriculture, biology, computer engineering, economics, education, Hospitality Management, History, Marketing, Mass Communications, Nursing, Psychology, Project Management, and much more.
  • The University is using multiple modalities of program delivery to cope up with the changes imposed due to COVID-19. This includes face-to-face instruction, online synchronous with real-time chat and video conferencing, online asynchronous with web, email, messages and online forums, hybrid, hi-flex including lectures in the class and remaining will be allowed virtually and flex mode comprising of in-person, synchronous, and asynchronous classroom experience.

Virginia State University Application Process

Virginia State University has an acceptance rate of 95% which implies students have a high probability of being accepted.

Application Portal: Online Portal

Application Fee: Not required

Application Deadline: Fall admission deadline – May 1

Admission Requirements: All international candidates must satisfy the below-mentioned details to be eligible for admission to the University.

  • Completed application form
  • Completed International Applicant Supplement form
  • Official/ certified copies of academic records/ transcripts in the native language with English translation (through World Education Services)
  • Official SAT and ACT score to be sent directly to the university through test agency
  • Official IELTS and TOEFL scores (IELTS score of 5.5 or its equivalent TOEFL score is required)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (one from Guidance Counselor)
  • Personal Statement or Essay on future plans
  • Proof of Immunization
  • The financial documentation will be evaluated by the International Student Advisor.

Virginia State University Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance for domestic and international students is different. It is best to prepare a budget of expenses to be incurred for studying in the U.S. before applying for admission to be aware of any financial shortcomings.

An estimate for international students for the sessions 2020-21 has been tabulated below:

Expenditure ItemCost for Undergraduates (annual)Cost for Graduates (annual)
Tuition16,542 USD (12-18 hours)18,627 USD (9-15 hours)
Technology and Infrastructure229 USD229 USD
Comprehensive Fee2,899 USD2,899 USD
Campus Improvement Fee486 USD486 USD
State Capital Outlay Fee753 USD753 USD
Room6,744 USD6,744 USD
Board4,800 USD4,800 USD

Virginia State University Scholarships/Financial Aid

  • Virginia State University offers financial aids to all international students in the form of scholarships, student loans and work-study.
  • Scholarships available for international students include:
Name of ScholarshipEligibility CriteriaAmount Awarded
Presidential ScholarshipHigh school GPA: 3.2 SAT score: 1170 ACT score: 2410,000 USD
Provost ScholarshipHigh school GPA: 3.0 SAT score: 1080 ACT score: 216,500 USD
Reginald F. Lewis ScholarshipAwarded to returning students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0500 – 5,000 USD
University ScholarshipAwarded to returning students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0500 – 1,000 USD

Virginia State University Alumni Network

Virginia State University has a well-coordinated alumni association that organizes regular programs, events, and services involving alumni students. The benefits include access to alumni magazines; connect with other alumni and regular updates through alumni news.

Some notable alumni of the university include:

  • Dennis L. Via – Four-star general of the U.S. Army and 18th commanding General of United States Army Materiel Command (AMC).
  • Billy Taylor – A popular and notable Jazz musician
  • Trenton Cannon – Involved in NFL running for the New York Jets.
  • William H. Lewis – Former United States Assistant Attorney General
  • Gladys West – Mathematician who was inducted into the United States Air Force Hall of Fame.

Virginia State University Placements

Virginia State University's career services provide a platform to regulate student development and the educational process. The university offers complete assistance and guidance to prepare students for a career through career planning, counseling and micro internships. Through career planning the student is rendered a platform to explore their interests, abilities, setting goals, and implementing plans. Career counseling is the interpersonal process to assist students in career development issues.

Virginia State University offers an online recruitment database for internship and job opportunities after graduation. Besides they also provide micro internship opportunities to students from all majors to build and demonstrate skills to explore different career paths.

Virginia State University Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population5137
FAFSA Code003764
Accreditation SACSSCOC

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFLCheck Detailed Score-80- -
IELTSCheck Detailed Score-6.5- -
PTE-53- -
SATCheck Detailed Score9158201010 73%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing465420510-
ACTCheck Detailed Score171519 20%

Virginia State University Acceptance Rate


Acceptance Rate


Total Applicants


Total Enrolled






Undergraduate Program91.1%
Total Applicants5065
Total Enrolled4614
Graduate Programs91.0%
Total Applicants575
Total Enrolled523

Virginia State University Enrollment

Virginia State University Enrollment5137
Undergraduate Enrollment4614
Graduate Enrollment523
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate32.0%

Attendance Cost

On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,300 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$10,880 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$1,675 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$10,880 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$1,675 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$6,507 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$6,507 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Program Wise Accreditations
Arts ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Art and Design
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music
ProgramsAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
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  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017

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    Mohanlal suresh, INDIA Biology
    Virginia State University
    Current student , Batch : 2022


    Improving language skills, gaining an academic direction, and experiencing a new part of the world. These were some of the reasons that pushed me to study outside India. After exploring the subject of my interest I started to apply to unconventional universities. I got selected at Virginia State University and I took admission there.

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