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One Hayden Street
Petersburg, Virginia 23806
Main Phone: (804) 524-5000
Main Contact: Irene Logan

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Virginia State University

† † †Looking for a university where the faculty and staff turn dreams into reality? Look no further than Virginia State University. A 2009 student population of over 5,300 enjoys personal attention by the faculty and staff not typically found at larger institutions. In 2008, U.S. News & World Report acknowledged VSUís excellence by naming the University the top, public, masterís level HBCU in America for the second consecutive year!
† † †Virginia State University was founded in 1882 as the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, making it the first fully state supported, four-year institution of higher learning for Blacks in America. Today, Virginia State University is one of Virginiaís two land-grant institutions.
† † †The campus sits atop a rolling landscape overlooking the Appomattox River in the Chesterfield County village of Ettrick. It is accessible by Interstates 95 and 85, which intersect in adjacent Petersburg, as well as U.S. Routes 1, 301 and 460. The University is centrally located about two hours away from Washington, DC to the north, the North Carolina Triangle area to the south, the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
† † †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 agricultural research facility.
† † †Led by its13th President, Dr. Keith T. Miller, the University boasts healthy fiscal management and growth, with a 2008-09 operating budget of nearly $130 million.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 5075
Graduate Population: 559
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $6570
Out of State Tuition: $15136
Room & Board: $8152
Applications Due: May 1st ($25)
Online Classes: yes
Percent Men: 38%
Percent Women: 62%

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Majors Offered

College of Agriculture
-Family and Consumer Science
-Hospitality Management
-Cooperative Extension
-Agricultural Research Station
-College of Agriculture Advisory Council

Reginald F. Lewis School of Business
-Accounting and Finance
-Management and Marketing
-Computer Information Systems

College of Education
-Educational Leadership
-Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance/Sport Management
-Counselor Education
-Teaching and Learning
-Doctoral Studies
-Bachelor of Individualized Studies (BIS)
-Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS)

College of Engineering and Technology
-Computer Engineering Program (B.S.)
-Manufacturing Engineering Program (B.S.)
-Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology
-Information Logistics Technology Program
-Mechanical Engineering Technology Program
-BS / MS in Mathematics
-BS / MS in Economics

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
-Art and Design
-History and Philosophy
-Languages and Literature
-Mass Communications
-Military Science
-Political Science, Public Administration
-Social Work
-Sociology and Criminal Justice

College of Natural and Health Sciences
-Nursing RN-BSN Completion Program
-MS / PhD Psychology

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choral Groups, Fraternities, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Radio Station, Sororities
College History
† † †Virginia State University was founded on March 6, 1882, when the legislature passed a bill to charter the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute. The bill was sponsored by Delegate Alfred W. Harris, a Black attorney whose offices were in Petersburg, but who lived in and represented Dinwiddie County in the General Assembly. A hostile lawsuit delayed opening day for nineteen months, until October 1, 1883. In 1902, the legislature revised the charter act to curtail the collegiate program and to change the name to Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute. In 1920, the land- grant program for Blacks was moved from a private school, Hampton Institute, where it had been since 1872, to Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute. In 1923 the college program was restored, and the name was changed to Virginia State College for Negroes in 1930. The two-year branch in Norfolk was added to the college in 1944; the Norfolk division became a four-year branch in 1956 and gained independence as Norfolk State College in 1969. Meanwhile, the parent school was renamed Virginia State College in 1946. Finally, the legislature passed a law in 1979 to provide the present name, Virginia State University.
† † †In the first academic year, 1883-84, the University had 126 students and seven faculty (all of them Black), 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, a library containing 200,000 books and 360,000 microform and non-print items, a 236-acre campus and 416-acre farm, more than 50 buildings, including 15 dormitories and 16 classroom buildings, and a biennial budget of $31,000,000, exclusive of capital outlay.
† † †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 Highways 95 and 85, which meet in Petersburg. The University is only two and a half hours away from Washington, D.C. to the north, the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area to the southwest, and Charlottesville to the northwest.
† † †Virginia State University has a long history of outstanding faculty and administration. The first person to bear the title of President, John Mercer Langston, was one of the best-known blacks of his day. Until 1992, he was the only black ever elected to the United States Congress from Virginia (elected in 1888), and he was the great-uncle of the famed writer Langston Hughes. From 1888 to 1968, four presidents - James H. Johnston, John M. Gandy, Luther H. Foster, Robert P. Daniel—served an average of 20 years, helping the school to overcome adversity and move forward. The next twenty years, 1968-1992, saw six more presidents — James F. Tucker, Wendell P. Russell, Walker H. Quarles, Jr., Thomas M. Law, Wilbert Greenfield, and Wesley Cornelious McClure. On June 1, 1993, Eddie N. Moore, Jr., the former Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia, became the twelfth President of Virginia State University.
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