Virginia Union University

Richmond, VA
School Type:
4-year, Private
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1865
  • Enrollment: 1,860
  • Mascot: Panther
  • Colors: Maroon and Steel Grey
  • Motto: The Lord Will Provide
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Virginia Union University, nestled in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, is a distinguished private historically black Baptist university founded in 1865. Its establishment just after the Civil War marked a significant step in the journey towards educational equity, providing African-American students with opportunities for higher education. The university's founding was a beacon of hope and progress, symbolizing a commitment to formerly enslaved individuals' intellectual and spiritual upliftment.

Today, Virginia Union University (VUU) continues to thrive as an institution dedicated to academic excellence and social empowerment. It offers a comprehensive range of academic programs, including Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees. The university is noted for its programs in Criminology, Biology, Information Science, Psychology, Communications, and Education. These programs reflect VUU's dedication to providing a transformative education that equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for success in a diverse and evolving world.

In athletics, Virginia Union University competes in NCAA Division II, as part of the Eastern Division of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). The university's athletic teams, known as the Panthers, demonstrate the same spirit of resilience and excellence that characterizes the broader VUU community. Located in an urban setting, the university offers campus housing. With its motto "The Lord Will Provide," Virginia Union University continues to be a place where students are nurtured to grow intellectually, spiritually, and socially.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (804) 342-3570
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  • Financial Aid: (804) 257-5628
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Popular Majors
  • Criminology
  • Biology
  • Information Science
  • Psychology
  • Communications
  • Education

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NCAA Division II - Eastern Division of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)

Team Name: Panthers

Men’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and Field

Women’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Cheerleading

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