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Virginia State University

Virginia State University, VA

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About This Campus

Virginia State University was founded in 1882 as the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, making it the first fully supported, four-year institution of higher learning for Blacks in America. Today, Virginia State University is one of Virginia's two land-grant institutions. VSU students live and learn on a 236-acre main campus, with more than 50 buildings, including 16 dormitories and 17 classroom buildings, and a 416-acre agricutural research facility. Virginia Sate University offers 52 baccalaureate, master's, doctorate and certificates of advanced study programs. These programs are within the Colleges of Engineering and Technology, Natural and Health Sciences, Agriculture, Humanities and Social Sciences, Reginald F. Lewis College of Business, and Individualized Studies. Through a challenging academic progam, diverse student organizations and exciting extracurricular activities, Virginia State University encourages students to Build A Better World.

Location Information

Virginia State University is approximately 125 miles south of Washington, DC and 20 miles south of Richmond, VA via I-95. It is approximately 30 miles from the Richmond International Airport.

Helpful Information

VSU accepts most students with a 2.7 GPA. Residence hall spaces are reserved for NSE students. Please include more courses than needed on advising form from home institution in case of conflicts or closed classes.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Virginia State University
Population | 1,225,626
Enrollment | 5,500
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/19-12/7
Spring | 01/13-5/8

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 1%
Black | 88%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 2%
Two or more | 1%
White | 3%
Other | 4%
International | 0%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Campus instructor or department
Closed Programs
Music & Art departments may require additional submissions. Please contact department for details.

Some departments have GPA requirements.Please contact NSE Coordinator for details. Music Department may require audition and recommendation from home campus. Visual Arts and Design Department may require sample of work.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Business - The Reginald F. Lewis College of Business has been awarded the Best Business Program at a HBCU in 2017 and is nominated for this honor for 2018. The College of Business is AACSB accredited. This distinction is awarded to only 5% of the business schools in the world. Students will have the opportunity to network with business professionals on a regular basis throughout the year.
  • Criminal Justice
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Educational Administration and Supervision
  • Mass Communication

Unique Academic Programs

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Business
  • Plant and Soil Systems
  • Horticulture
  • Animal Sciences

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Actuarial Science, African American Studies... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from other NSE members within my own U.S. territory
  • 2.70 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, N/A computer or N/A Internet
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 09/16/20

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18 ($395 per additional hour)

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $300 Year Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee $75 Year Plan B Mandatory

Important Notes: NSE incoming students are only required to pay housing deposit and parking fee (if vehicle is on campus). Amounts are listed above. Admissions fees are not required for NSE students.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 09/16/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 65% living on campus
  • Double: $4000
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 7
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 7
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 7
Notes About Housing
NSE students are assigned to the Quad in double rooms. Cost per double occupancy is $4000

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
19 meal/ week plan includes 5 guest meals & $70 dining dollars 14 meal/ week plan includes 5 guest meals & $170 dining dollars 10 meal/ week plan includes 5 guest meals & $270 dining dollars 7 meal/week plan includes 5 guest meals & $310 dining dollars ($2,300) 21 meal/week plan includes 10 guest meals & $230 dining dollars ($2,513)


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Figures per Semester are current as of 09/16/20

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.


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