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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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | Virginia State University
Population | 1,225,626
Enrollment | 5,500
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/19-12/9
Spring | 01/13-5/6

Campus Diversity

White | 3%
Black | 88%
Hispanic/Latino | 2%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 1%
Other | 4%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
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
Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Technology Management, Agriculture, Animal Sciences, Aquaculture, Crop Science/Management, Fruit and Vegetable Production, Horticulture, Plant and Soil Systems, Plant Science, Soil Science, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science

Area Studies: African American Studies, African Studies, Black Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Computer Graphics, Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Fitness and Sports Science, Health and Fitness Teaching, Physical Education, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Marketing, Retailing and Merchandising, Public Administration, Public Relations

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry

Communications: Audio Production Technology, Broadcasting, Communication, Electronic Media, Electronic Media News, Electronic Media Production and Management, Journalism, Mass Communication, Print Media, Radio and Television Studies, Television, Visual Design/Web Media

Computer Science: Computer Network Security, Computer Science, System Administration

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Science/Services

Criminal Justice: Corrections, Criminal Justice, Forensic Investigation, Juvenile Justice

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Physical Sciences

Economics: Economics, International Economics

Education: Business and Marketing Education, Childhood Studies, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Home Economics, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Learning Disabilities, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Science, Secondary Education, Special Education, Teaching and Learning, Technology Education

Engineering: Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Physics, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Comparative Literature, English, Language and Literacy, Literature, Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Design, Apparel/Fashion Merchandising, Textile Design, Textiles and Clothing

Food Science: Food Services Management, Nutrition

General Studies: Individualized Degree Program, Individualized Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies

Health and Safety Sciences: Dietetics, Health Science

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Tourism Management

Industrial Studies: Industrial Education and Technology, Industrial Technology

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Systems

Languages: Arabic, French, French as a Foreign Language, Spanish

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC, Military Sciences

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Choral Music, Dance, Jazz Composition, Modern Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Piano Pedagogy

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Psychology: Counseling, Psychology

Recreation: Recreation, Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology

Technology: Computer Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology, Information Systems Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Technology Education


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.70 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
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

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18 ($395 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/29/19.

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.

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

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/29/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 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
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus:
Notes About Housing
NSE students are assigned to the Quad in double rooms. Cost per double occupancy is $4000

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2330 per semester for 19 meals per week.
  • $2330 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $2330 per semester for 10 meals per week.
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)

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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