VSU Campus Tours

Schedule A Tour


Important: During April, campus tours are available for small groups or families Monday through Friday at 10am and 2pm.  Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Reservations can be made by completing this form to schedule a tour.
For large groups, please email to schedule a tour. 

The Virginia State University Welcome Center is pleased to welcome you to our dynamic and historic campus. Our new Welcome Center was designed to be your first stop on your tour of the “Land of Troy!”

The best way to check out all that Virginia State University has to offer is to visit the campus and immerse yourself in the culture, the history and the people that make this school a place where Transformative Experiences occur! Whether you are coming for a prospective student tour or you’re just interested in getting to know us better, use the information below to schedule a tour.

The Virginia State University Campus

Our scenic campus is spread over 200 acres and is home to several historic landmarks and countless stories. Located minutes from shopping and attractions in the Greater Richmond area, our visitors have much to enjoy when their business on campus ends. We encourage campus tours so that prospective students and their families can obtain a better understanding of one of this nation’s oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

Virtual Tour

Sit back, relax, and take a virtual tour of the Virginia State University campus! 

We hope you’ve found this information helpful as you prepare to schedule your visit to our HBCU college. As one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions, VSU is more than books and buildings! It is a place where we are creating an environment charged with the pursuit of academic excellence. It is a place for students whose curiosity is as great as their ambition; whose desire to serve matches their desire to achieve. If that describes what’s on your heart, then this may be the place for you! We look forward to hearing from you soon as together we make VSU a TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE.

Campus Tours

The VSU Office of Admissions at the Welcome Center conducts tours of campus Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for high school students and their families at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Click on the link above to register. Please report to the Welcome Center in the Multipurpose Center, located at 20809 Second Avenue.

Tours consist of a 60-minute walking tour led by VSU student ambassadors. The student ambassadors are both informed and enthusiastic as they proudly discuss places of interest while sharing insightful information about the student experience, and why VSU is considered one of the top HBCUs in Virginia.

The health, safety and well-being of our campus community, and our visitors, is of paramount importance to our institution.

To ensure a safe experience, Welcome Center visitors will be considered a part of our Virginia State University community and are therefore required to follow the same health and safety guidelines as the rest of the university. This includes adhering to social distancing guidelines and mask-wearing at all times while on campus. The guided tours will not allow access into any of the student residential buildings, classrooms or office buildings.

The following COVID-19 guidelines will be maintained:

· Temperature checks upon arrival. If a guest's temperature is recorded above 100°F/38°C, we are unable to accommodate them on a guided tour.

· Hand sanitization upon entry into buildings when sanitizer is available.

· Face coverings indoors and outdoors throughout the entire campus visit and should cover both your nose and mouth.

NOTE: We ask that you reschedule your tour if you aren't feeling well. Please call or email our office 24 hours in advance.

Helpful Hints for a Great Campus Tour

  • Request your tour as a family or group at least two weeks in advance.

  • Contact the campus visitation team if you encounter any unexpected delays. If you are more than 15 minutes late, the delay may result in a walking tour only, an abbreviated Admissions presentation or a request to reschedule your tour.

  • Please let us know if anyone in your group has special needs related to a disability.

  • If you are interested in meeting with a specific department, please schedule the appointment after your campus tour.

  • As the walking portion of the tour may last for one hour, we recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and attire appropriate for the weather.

  • In case of light rain, walking tours will be provided. If rain is in the forecast for the Petersburg area, be sure to pack a small umbrella for your trip. If the conditions become challenging, only the information session will be provided.

Enjoy your time on campus and experience the magic of Virginia State University!
Tour Blockout Days

Campus Tours are not available during fall break, Oct. 11 and 12; Homecoming Week, Oct. 21 through 24; Thanksgiving week, Nov. 23 through 28 and winter break Dec. 8 through 31.

Check the Academic Calendar for current dates.  Academic Calendar


School and Group Tours

Counselors, teachers, and coordinators who wish to arrange a visit for high schools or community colleges, please contact our Office of Campus Visitation at 804-504-7519. Our Campus Visitation Specialist will be glad to help plan your visit which will include a guided walking tour, admissions information session, and an opportunity to speak with current VSU students.

Reservations for school groups and organizations with more than eight guests are required to email to determine availability. Please complete the Group Tour Request form which helps us provide your group with a wonderful visit. If you have specific restrictions or special requests, please describe the details on your request form. Four weeks advance notification is recommended. Many groups visit the campus during March and April. If you would like a campus tour during this time, please schedule your visit at least four months in advance. 

Dining On Campus

The Office of Enrollment Services is glad to assist groups who wish to dine on campus during their visit. Groups can enjoy our dining services in Jones Dining Hall where students choose from a buffet-style menu that will literally give them a taste of the variety of campus dining has to offer. If you are interested in scheduling your group to have lunch with us please contact Ms. Le’Andra Graves at 804-524-1648 or or Jones Dining Hall directly at 804-524-5112.

Late Arrival Policy

If you are more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled tour, please contact the Campus Visitation Office at 804-504-7519. While we will make every effort to accommodate those who are late, in an effort to remain on schedule with the families/groups who arrived on time, the delay may result in a walking tour only, an abbreviated Admissions presentation, or a request to reschedule your tour. 

Inclement Weather

To protect the safety and welfare of all tour participants, in the event of inclement weather occurs, tours will be rescheduled and participants will be notified using the phone number used on the registration form. When you register, please be sure to provide a cell number that can be used to reach your designated point of contact for the campus visit.

Summer Tours

We know that visiting a college campus during the summer months is a great opportunity to see the beautiful campus, meet with Admissions representatives, and ask questions. Please be mindful that the weather may be hot and to dress accordingly as the HBCU summer college tour is a walking tour. Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids.