Virginia State University Details

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Co_Education Yes
Campus Address Petersburg
City Petersburg
State Virginia
Zip 23806
Phone 804-524-5000
Total Enrollment 4303
Motto A Place to Grow
Level of Selectivity Noncompetitive
Location Located in historic Petersburg, with a population of approximately 41,000, the campus is only 25 miles north of Richmond, the capital of Virginia; 2 1/2 hours from Washington, D.C., to the north; and Virginia Beach rests to the south. Students are surrounded by social and cultural activities, as historic Colonial Williamsburg is within an hourís drive. Historic Petersburg is the site of the first observance of Memorial Day. Students have their choice of museums, shopping, plays, fine dining, major league sports, and the beach in this strategically located area.
History Virginia State University is a four-year, state-supported, coed university. Founded in 1882 as the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, the school did not open its doors until 1883 because of a hostile lawsuit. The school awarded its first bachelorís degrees in 1889. In 1902, the name changed to Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute. That same year, the legislature revised the charter act to curtail the collegiate program. Land-grant status was moved from Hampton Institute to Virginia State in 1920. Three years later, the college program was restored, and in 1930, the name changed to Virginia State College for Negroes. In 1944, the two-year Norfolk branch was added to the college, and in 1956, the Norfolk branch became a four-year college. The school gained its independence as Norfolk State College in 1969. The parent school was renamed Virginia State College in 1946 and adopted its present name, Virginia State University, in 1979. From its humble beginnings of 126 students, 7 faculty members, and one building located on 33 acres, Virginia State has grown to 236 acres with more than fifty buildings, fifteen dorms, sixteen classroom buildings, and a 416-acre farm. As one of the stateís two land-grant institutions, Virginia State is dedicated to providing an education that challenges intellect and prepares students to become knowledgeable, perceptive citizens who are secure in their self-awareness. This small institution offers big opportunities, so studentsí possibilities are limited only by their willingness to commit to the task.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation No
Accrediation The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and masterís degrees.
Costs per Year 2002Ė03 Tuition: $2847 (in-state); $7971 (out-of-state) Room and board: $2898 (room); $2198 (board) Special fees: $2850 Books: $700 Estimated total cost: $11,493 (in-state); $16,617 (out-of-state)
In State Tuition 7971
Out of State Tuition 2847
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 92 Total amount of scholarships and grants: $8,594,925 Financial Aid Specific to the School Army ROTC offers two- and three-year scholarships that pay tuition, fees, books, and a monthly stipend. Students should contact the ROTC Office on campus.
Financial-Aid Deadline March 31 (priority), June 1 (fall)
Admission Deadline May l (fall); October 1 (spring).
Entrance Requirements Students must submit an official high school transcript with 15 units, including 4 English, 2 mathematics (including algebra), 2 science (at least 1 unit with lab of biology, chemistry, or physics), 2 social studies (1 unit in U.S. history), 2 foreign language, and 3 electives. Students must have proof of a physical and two letters of recommendation from a high school counselor and teacher. A nonrefundable application fee of $25 is required.
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 120 hours, including the core requirements of 6 hours of mathematics, 3 hours of science, and 3 hours of computer science with at least a 2.0 GPA. Student must earn the last 30 hours at Virginia State and must participate in the graduation ceremony or submit written notification of absence.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 4,303 In-state: 3,062 Full-time undergraduates: 3,147 Part-time undergraduates: 352 Graduate students: 804 Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 3,919; Asian, 15; Caucasian, 292; Hispanic, 39; Native American, 4; Other/Unclassified, 34.
Diversity 307
Student Life Campus Regulations: Registered car permitted. Campus Services: Health clinic, personal and psychological counseling, remedial services, career counseling and placement, and religious services. Campus Activities: Student activities include drama or theater groups, band, chorale, and orchestra, as well as a lecture series. Students can get involved in the student-run newspaper and radio station. Leadership opportunities can be found in the Student Government Association or other student-run organizations. Greek fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma; sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta. Local fraternities and sororities are also represented. Sigma Xi honor society is also present on campus. Housing Availability: 2,082 housing spaces available, freshmen given priority. Handicapped Services: Wheelchair accessibility and services for the visually and hearing impaired.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 254 Student-teacher ratio: 18:1 Full-time faculty members: 158 Part-time faculty members: 96 Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 66%
Athletic Program Virginia State College is a member of the NCAA, Division II. Intercollegiate Sports: menís baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, tennis, and wrestling; womenís basketball. Intramural Sports: basketball, football, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia 23806; Telephone: 804-524-5030 or 5031; Fax: 804-524-5763.
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May Two summer sessions.
Degrees Bachelor of Arts: English, English Education, Fine Arts in Art and Commercial Art and Design, History, International Studies, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Administrative Systems Management, Agriculture, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Engineering Technology, Geology, Health and Physical Education and Recreation, Home Economics and Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Industrial Education and Technology, Information Systems, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Marketing Management, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Music, Music Education, Physics, Physics Education, Psychology, Public Administrative, Special Education Master of Arts: Economics (Public Administration), English, History Master of Science: Administrative Assistant Management, Agricultural Education, Biology, Earth Science, Educational Administration and Supervision, Educational Media, Elementary Education, Guidance, Industrial Education, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Special Education Master of Education: Administrative Systems Management, Agricultural Education, Earth Science, Educational Administration and Supervision, Educational Media, Elementary Education, Guidance, Industrial Education, Special Education Preprofessional: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, Engineering, Industrial Education, Technical Education, Vocational Education
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