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Virginia State University
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Petersburg, VA 23806



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Virginia State University
Petersburg, Virginia

College Description
Founded in 1882, Virginia State University (VSU) is the nation's first fully state-assisted four-year, historically black college or university. Located in historic Chesterfield County on a bluff overlooking the Appomattox River, VSU sits upon 236 acres of history and tradition. A comprehensive university encompassing both undergraduate and graduate divisions, VSU is one of two land-grant institutions in the commonwealth of Virginia. With a mission emphasizing the integration of academic instruction, research, and public service, Virginia State welcomes students of any race, religion, or ethnic heritage.

The University is situated in Chesterfield County at Ettrick on a bluff across the Appomattox River from the city of Petersburg. It is accessible via Interstate 95 and 85, which meet in Petersburg. The University is only 2½ hours away from Washington, D.C., to the north; the Raleigh-Durham–Chapel Hill area to the southwest; and Charlottesville to the northwest.

VSU offers forty-six programs leading to a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, or a doctoral degree. What sets this University apart from all others is its family structure, which is emphasized in its small class sizes that give individualized academic instruction.

The University is a member institution of several consortia, including the National Student Exchange, a consortium of twenty-two state colleges and universities across the country.

Academic Life
Students admitted to Virginia State to study for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree are generally expected to adhere to the accepted standards of higher education. Honors programs, independent study, and cooperative education programs are available in most areas. For those students who require special placement and/or special assistance, support services and programs are provided.

To earn a bachelor's degree, students must generally complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, depending on the program of study. Engineering students should expect to earn 128 semester hours to qualify for the degree. Through the Continuing Education and Outreach Program, students can pursue an education outside traditional daytime classwork. Participants in the program include part-time students, as well as many full-time students who have been away from a formal educational experience for two or more years and want to pursue courses for personal fulfillment or career advancement. The Continuing Education Program includes summer school, weekend classes, intersession, and extension programs.

Virginia State University has a long history of outstanding faculty and administration members. The first person to bear the title of President, John Mercer Langston, was one of the best-known African Americans of his day. Until 1992, he was the only African American ever elected to the United States Congress from Virginia (elected in 1888), and he was the great-uncle of the famed writer Langston Hughes. A large majority of the University's 250 faculty members hold doctoral degrees and are recognized nationally and internationally for their published works and honors.

Virginia State University offers many opportunities for close student-faculty contact and promotes a supportive environment designed to meet the professional and personal goals of students. A student-faculty ratio of 19:1 and small classes, which range from 25 to 35 students, allow students to interact closely with their professors.

Majors Offered:
VSU offers thirty-two programs leading to a bachelor's degree. Four schools make up the University's undergraduate division: the School of Agriculture; the School of Business; the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology; and the School of Liberal Arts and Education. The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in criminal justice, English, fine art, history, mass communications, music education, music performing arts, philosophy, political science, and sociology. The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in the fields of accounting; biology; business administration; chemistry; computer science; drafting technology; economics and finance; elementary education; engineering (mechanical, electrical, computer, industrial, and manufacturing); family and consumer science; food and nutrition; health education; health, physical education, and recreation; hospitality management; information systems and decision science; management; marketing; mathematics; physics; premed biology; psychology; and social work.

Campus Life
Going to class, studying for exams, and writing papers are essential tasks for the student's academic success. However, they are still only a part of college life. Another substantial portion of the student's education consists of the formal and informal activities that are pursued beyond the classroom. A comprehensive cocurricular environment developed and maintained by the University's Student Activities Department offsets VSU's rigorous academic curriculum. Through its student union, educational, cultural, social, and recreational programs are developed and implemented to enrich student's academic experiences, individual social competencies, leadership skills, and group effectiveness.

VSU students take full advantage of the extracurricular activities offered throughout the school year. There are more than 125 student organizations and clubs, including nine Greek organizations.

Facilities and Resources
In the first academic year, 1883–84, the University had 126 students and 7 faculty members, one building, 33 acres, a 200-book library, and a $20,000 budget. By the centennial year of 1982, the University was fully integrated, with a student body of nearly 5,000; a full-time faculty of about 250 members; a library containing more than 200,000 books and 360,000 microform and nonprint items; a 236-acre campus and 416-acre farm with research and testing facilities; more than fifty buildings, including fifteen dormitories and sixteen classroom buildings; and a state-of-the-art corporate extension building. Virginia State's radio and television stations, WVST-91.3 FM and VSUN, are great resources for mass communication students.

VSU has the region's top NCAA Division II athletic program, in which teams compete in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). They offer fifteen athletic sports including men's baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, and tennis and women's basketball, bowling, cross-country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Financial Aid/Scholarships
VSU assists students in gaining an education by providing the most comprehensive financial assistance possible to current and prospective students. The Financial Aid Office is dedicated to maintaining accurate records and complying with federal, state, and University regulations. Through a partnership with students, parents, and numerous offices and organizations, the Financial Aid Office is committed to timely communication and high-quality customer service. Scholarships, loans, and campus employment are available, and awards are made on the basis of student merit and financial need. Information on these as well as on Federal Pell Grants, other federal grants, and Federal Work-Study awards may be obtained by writing to the Financial Aid Office.

Admissions Requirements / Application
To experience education at VSU, applicants must complete a college-preparatory program in high school, which includes 4 years of English, 3 years of mathematics, and 2 years each of science and social studies. Two units of a foreign language are strongly recommended. A student must also have two letters of recommendation, SAT or ACT test scores, and a personal statement.

Applications for August entrance should be submitted no later than May 1; those for January entrance should be submitted no later than December 1. Applications to Virginia State University are accepted as far as classroom space permits. Transfer students must submit a transcript from every college previously attended. All application forms must be accompanied by a $25 application fee.

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