#13 Best Public Universities in Virginia

Virginia State University

Petersburg, Virginia

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Student Population
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Location Petersburg, Virginia
Online vsu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
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Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Petersburg, Virginia, Virginia State University is a mid-size four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 7,715 prospective students applied, and 7,333 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,066 enrolled in the school.  4,075 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 310 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $5,540 plus fees of $3,614. VSU is ranked 998 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Virginia State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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VSU is rated within the lower 25% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
Extremely Easy
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SAT 830/1010
ACT 15/20
GPA 2.8
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due May 1, 2022
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

Virginia Resident Tuition
In State Costs for Virginia State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$3,614
Room and Board $11,544
Budget for Other Expenses$1,675
Total One Year Cost$23,673
Out of State Resident Tuition
Out of State Costs for Virginia State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$3,614
Room and Board $11,544
Budget for Other Expenses$1,675
Total One Year Cost$34,675

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$36,700 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
40% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Virginia State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 17%
Education 14%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 10%
Psychology 8%
General Studies 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=234155 IPEDS survey data for Virginia State University.

Current students may use the Virginia State University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.