Virginia Union University Details
1500 North Lombardy Street
Dominus Providebit (The Lord Will Provide)
|Level of Selectivity
The campus is located in the center of Richmond, the capital of
Virginia, with a population of approximately 219,000. It is easily
accessible by local transportation to commuting students. The city of
Richmond offers museums, theaters, concerts, and professional sports.
Sites of interest include the Governor’s Mansion, the Capitol, and the
Federal Reserve Money Museum. The city’s mass transit systems provide easy
access to historic Colonial Williamsburg, about 1 hour to the south;
Washington, D.C., about 2 hours to the north; and Virginia Beach, about 2
hours to the south.
Virginia Union University (VUU) is a four-year, private, coed, liberal
arts college affiliated with the American Baptist Church of the U.S.A.
Founded in 1865 as Richmond Theological Institute, Virginia Union is the
result of an 1899 merger of the Institute and Wayland Seminary in
Washington. Later, Hartshorn Memorial College of Richmond and Storer
College of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, merged with VUU to complete the
union. The first bachelor’s degrees were awarded in 1899.
Located on the site of a former slave jail, VUU is now home to a black
institution whose original mission was to “free the mind of the newly
emancipated through education in a humanistic environment.” Virginia Union
can take pride in the fact that the first black governor of the United
States, the first black admiral of the U.S. Navy, numerous college
presidents, and more than one tenth of all black ministry graduated from
The 72 acre campus has five older granite buildings that have been
restored and designated as national historic landmarks. The Belgian
Friendship Building, which was a gift from the Belgian government, was on
exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and was reconstructed on the
campus in 1941. The architectural blend of the twenty-two-building campus
embraces the old and the new.
While VUU continues to grow in programs and student diversity, it remains
true to its mission to free the minds of blacks through education; its
liberal arts and sciences education emphasize both western culture and
African American heritage. This historically black college is a member of
the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
Virginia Union University is accredited by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science,
and Master of Divinity degrees.
|Costs per Year
2002–03 Tuition: $9990
Room and board: $2362 (room; $2570 (board)
Special fees: $580
Estimated total cost: $16,252
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 97
Financial Aid Specific to the School
Army ROTC program offers two- and three-year scholarships that pay
tuition, and books and provide a monthly stipend.
Continuous notification: August 1 (fall and
spring); May 1 (priority)
July 1 (fall); December 1 (spring); May 1
(summer). Early admission allows qualified students to enter college
full-time before completing high school. Deferred admission.
Graduation from an accredited high school (or
equivalent) and completion of 16 units: 4 English, 3 mathematics (algebra
I and algebra II), 2 foreign language (same language), 2 social sciences
(history, government or civics), 2 natural sciences (biology, chemistry or
physics), and 3 electives. A copy of student’s social security card and a
counselor's written recommendation are required. A $25 nonrefundable
application fee is required.
A minimum of 124 credit hours is required,
including the core curriculum with a 2.0 minimum GPA and a C or better in
each course in the major. An essay exam in English must be taken by the
junior year. Students must complete freshman orientation and two hours of
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment: 1,551
Other regions: 31 states, 8 international
Undergraduate Students: 549/758
Graduate students (men/women): 102/142
Ethnic racial/makeup: African American, 1,496; Caucasian, 19;International, 25; Native American, 5; Hispanic, 6
Campus Regulations: Student automobiles must be registered at a small
Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling,
career planning and placement, stress management and conflict resolution
seminars, post office, and religious activities, including chapel.
Campus Activities: Campus activities emphasize “total student development
and growth” with the more than fifty student organizations available to
stimulate interest and develop leadership.
Social and group activities include concert, theater, band, chorale,
dance, and a visiting lecture series. Annual activities include homecoming
weekend, the president’s reception, the Coronation Ball, the Annual Winter
Concert, and the Fine Arts Festival. Interested students can work on the
yearbook (The Panther) or the student newspaper (The VUU Informer).
Communication students can get involved in the campus television station.
Leadership opportunities can be found in the more than 45 student
organizations including the Student Government Association (SGA).
Greek-letter societies include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma
Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta sororities; and Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha
Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities. Honor societies
include Alpha Kappa Mu and Beta Kappa Chi.
Housing Availability: 780 housing spaces. Freshman are given priority.
About two-thirds of VUU students live on campus.
Handicapped Services: Include wheelchair accessibility.
Randall Robinson, 1967–founder and executive director of TransAfrica
Charles Oakley, 1985–New York Knicks
L. Douglas Wilder, 1951–Governor of Virginia (first black governor in
the United States)
Number of faculty members: 104
Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
Full-time faculty members: 89
Part-time faculty members: 15
Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 61%
Virginia Union University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA) and the Central Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
The football team has gone to six consecutive NCAA Division Playoffs.
Intercollegiate Sports: men’s basketball, cross-country, football, golf,
tennis, and track & field; women’s basketball, cross-country, softball,
track and field, and volleyball.
Intramural Sports: coed softball and basketball; men's basketball; women's
Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Virginia Union University, 1500
North Lombardy Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220; Telephone: 804-342-1495;
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
Two summer semesters.
Bachelor of Arts: Communications, English, French, History and Government,
Journalism, Music, Music Education, Philosophy and Religion, Political
Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology
Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Biology, Biology Education, Business
Administration, Business Education, Chemistry, Chemistry Education,
Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English
Education, French Education, History Education, Mathematics, Physics,
Psychology Education, Recreation and Physical Education, Special Education
Preprofessional Program: Engineering
Master’s Degree: Theology
Doctorate Degree: Theology