Virginia State University Details
A Place to Grow
|Level of Selectivity
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.
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
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.
The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and masterís
|Costs per Year
2002Ė03 Tuition: $2847 (in-state); $7971 (out-of-state)
Room and board: $2898 (room); $2198 (board)
Special fees: $2850
Estimated total cost: $11,493 (in-state); $16,617 (out-of-state)
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|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.
March 31 (priority), June 1 (fall)
May l (fall); October 1 (spring).
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.
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
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.
Campus Regulations: Registered car permitted.
Campus Services: Health clinic, personal and psychological counseling,
remedial services, career counseling and placement, and religious
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
Handicapped Services: Wheelchair accessibility and services for the
visually and hearing impaired.
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%
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:
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
Two summer sessions.
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,
Preprofessional: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, Engineering,
Industrial Education, Technical Education, Vocational Education