Virginia State University, founded in 1882, is one of Virginia's two land-grant institutions, and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick.
With a current student population of 5,300, the University sits atop a rolling landscape overlooking the Appomattox River with expansive views of Petersburg. Our 236-acre campus boasts 16 dormitories, 17 academic buildings and a 416-acre agriculture research facility.
VSU offers 55 baccalaureate and masters degree programs, two doctoral degree programs and three certificate within five schools: The School of Agriculture; The Reginald F. Lewis School of Business; The School of Engineering, Science and Technology; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach. We also offer a bachelor of individualized studies degree program, which is a non-traditional program designed primarily for working adults that can be pursued on a full or part-time basis.
As a cornerstone of our community, we pride ourselves on our commitment to empowering people of all ages, abilities and ambitions. The newly formed VSU Cares is a community healthcare initiative that provides the uninsured and under-insured with free medical screenings and dental care. Serving five jurisdictions, with many more slated to join, our dual enrollment program allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and college course credits. Through various organizations and programs, our students provide countless hours of community service and assistance that directly impacts the lives of many.
We are committed to building a better world through challenging academic programs, diverse student organizations and exciting extracurricular activities. We invite you to visit and explore how you can be part of our work.