Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA
School Type:
4-year, Public
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1882
  • Enrollment: 4,648
  • Mascot: Trojan
  • Colors: Orange and Navy Blue
  • Motto: Building a Better World
  • Campus Setting: Suburb
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Virginia State University, located in Petersburg, Virginia, is a prominent public institution that was founded in 1882. As one of the oldest historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States, it has a rich history of providing quality education and opportunities to African-American students. 

Today, Virginia State University continues to uphold its legacy of excellence and inclusivity. The university offers a wide range of academic programs, including Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor's degrees, as well as Postbaccalaureate certificates. It is particularly known for its programs in Business Administration and Management, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Agriculture, and Computer Science. These programs reflect the university's commitment to providing relevant and forward-thinking education.

Athletically, Virginia State University competes in NCAA Division II as part of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). The university's teams, known as the Trojans, embody the spirit of determination and excellence that is central to the VSU experience. The university offers campus housing in a suburban campus environment, contributing to a vibrant and engaging student life. Virginia State University continues to build a better world through education, empowerment, and community engagement, staying true to its motto and its historical roots.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (804) 524-5902  
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  • Financial Aid: (804) 524-5990
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Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Nursing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Agriculture
  • Computer Science

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NCAA Division II -  Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)

Team Name: Trojans

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball (Independent)
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross Country 
  • Golf 
  • Lacrosse
  • Tennis
  • Track (Indoor & Outdoor)

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball 
  • Softball 
  • Bowling
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball 
  • Cross Country
  • Track (Indoor & Outdoor)

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