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Virginia State University is a land-grant university located in Petersburg, Virginia. Established on March 6, 1882, it was the nation's first fully state supported four-year institute of higher learning for the black Americans. The main campus consists of more than 50 buildings, and is spread across an area of more than 230 acres. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:
  • School of Agriculture
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering, Science, and Technology
  • School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Outreach
  • School of Liberal Arts and Education
VSU fields both men's and women's sports teams, nicknamed the Mighty Trojans. Some of the notable alumni of the university are Reginald Lewis, owner of TLC Beatrice International; Billy Taylor, Jazz musician; and James Avery, actor.

Profile of Virginia State UniversityVirginia State is in Petersburg, VA. Petersburg is a large suburb. The school is a public institution. Virginia State issues awards (degrees) up to the level of Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Fields of study in vogue at the school include media, education and teaching, and computer science and engineering.

Virginia State Selectivity

Not all applicants to Virginia State are accepted. The top quarter of students at the school scored at least 480 on the verbal SAT test. Students' math SAT scores were most often in the range 400 to 480 in 2007.

The most successful professors at Virginia State are given tenure, encouraging them to stay with the school for a long time.

Student Enrolment

Approximately 4, 720 students study at the school . Virginia State is particularly welcoming to minority students.

Student Life
The school offers a real campus feel. Virginia State makes housing available to a large share of its students. Students at the school can take advantage of the school's meal plans. Students participate in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association athletics.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Virginia State University, America's first fully state supported four-year institution of higher learning for Blacks, is a comprehensive university and one of two land-grant institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its mission is to promote and sustain academic programs that integrate instruction, research, and extension/public service in a design most responsive to the needs and endeavors of individuals and groups within its scope of influence. Ultimately, the University is dedicated to the promotion of knowledgeable, perceptive, and humane citizens--secure in their self-awareness, equipped for personal fulfillment, sensitive to the needs and aspirations of others, and committed to assuming productive roles in a challenging and ever-changing global society. "Virginia State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching200physical education teaching, curriculum and instruction, school Counselling, educational administration, trade and industrial teaching, business teaching
Liberal Arts159interdisciplinary studies, liberal arts and sciences, sociology, political science, English, history
Business and Management130business management, accounting, marketing, managerial economics
Media59mass communication, public relations and advertising
Therapy and Counselling57psychology
Security and Law Enforcement53criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work49public administration, family and consumer economics
Computer Science and Engineering49information technology, computer science, computer engineering
Science38biology, chemistry, physics
Hospitality16hospitality management
Agricultural Science and Management10agriculture
Engineering Technician9engineering technician, mechanical engineering related tech, electrical/electronic tech
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy9sports and fitness management, dietitian
Engineering7manufacturing engineering
Art Studies7visual and performing arts
Music4music performance
Nursing and Emergency Medicine4registered nursing
Contact: Virginia StateVirginia State University

One Hayden Street

Petersburg, VA 23806

General Phone: (804) 524-5000


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