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 5,000, 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.
The University's mission is to promote and sustain academic programs that integrate instruction, research, and extension/public service in a design most responsive to the needs and endeavors of individuals and groups within its scope of influence.
VSU will prepare you to be a 21st century innovator: a future leader with the knowledge and insight necessary to change our world for the better. We offer more than 40 majors leading to a bachelor’s degree—in agriculture, business, engineering, science, technology, and the liberal arts—every one of which prepares you to build a better world.
Big-school advantages include wide-ranging academic options, abundant research opportunities, and easy access to faculty members who are leaders and innovators in their field of study. Cutting-edge technological resources are another big-school benefit.
On the small-school side, we offer personalized, student-focused teaching, academic advisement, and mentoring. Your professors will know you by name, and take the time to discuss your academic and personal goals.
Life at VSU
There’s definitely life beyond the classroom at VSU. Your VSU is the place to explore all your interests— in sports, music, the arts, and other areas. We encourage you to branch out and dig deep, to discover new interests and cultivate existing talents. You’ll find dozens of clubs and organizations that contribute to your growth as a well-rounded individual.
Your VSU campus—with its spacious lawns and incredible resources—provides an ideal atmosphere for personal development. Our supportive, welcoming community makes it easy to meet new friends and enjoy a rewarding social life.
Student organizations play an important role in campus life at Virginia State University. Throughout the year, they sponsor a variety of extra and co-curricular activities for the campus community as well as participate in service projects on and off campus. The purpose of student organizations is to provide students with opportunities to participate in activities that develop their intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, and professional abilities.
Claes Nobel Receives Honorary Doctorate during Virginia State University Commencement (05-22-2012)