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Virginia State University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Virginia State University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Virginia State offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Virginia State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Virginia State University was awarded 54 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

Virginia State is ranked #1,967 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Virginia State also holds the #46 spot on the Best Colleges in Virginia ranking.

See all of the rankings for Virginia State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Virginia State?

Acceptance Rate

Virginia State University has an acceptance rate of 91%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for Virginia State.

Average Test Scores

About 73% of students accepted to Virginia State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 420 and 510. Math scores were between 400 and 500.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Virginia State University  ( 420 to 510 )

SAT Math Scores for Virginia State University  ( 400 to 500 )
Virginia State received ACT scores from 20% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 15 and 19.

ACT Composite Scores for Virginia State University  ( 15 to 19 )

Learn more about Virginia State University admissions.

Virginia State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Virginia State University, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Virginia State University is 61%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  61 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Virginia State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Virginia State University is 65%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  65 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Virginia State this rate is 29%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  29 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Virginia State University.

Virginia State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,025 undergraduates at Virginia State with 3,903 being full-time and 122 being part-time.

How Much Does Virginia State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Virginia State is $16,970. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Virginia State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,586 $16,410 $18,899 $20,339 $22,089

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Virginia State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Virginia State, approximately 92% of students took out student loans averaging $7,477 a year. That adds up to $29,908 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Virginia State is 15.1%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Get more details about paying for Virginia State University.

How Much Money Do Virginia State Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Virginia State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $35,200 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 12% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Virginia State University make the most money.

Location of Virginia State University

Located in Petersburg, Virginia, Virginia State University is a public institution. Petersburg is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Virginia State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Hayden Drive, Petersburg, VA 23806
Phone: 804-524-5000

Virginia State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 37 majors graduated from Virginia State University. Of these students, 643 received undergraduate degrees and 115 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 67 $28,600
General Psychology 61 $25,400
Communication & Media Studies 59 $23,800
Teacher Education Subject Specific 51 $21,500
General Biology 46 $28,200
Business Administration & Management 41 $34,600
Mechanical Engineering Technology 31 NA
Social Work 28 $30,800
Family & Consumer Economics 24 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 23 $37,400

Learn more about the majors offered at Virginia State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Learn more about online learning at Virginia State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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