Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA 23806
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Virginia State University is one of the sixteen public 4-year colleges in Virginia. The campus is located in a suburb, in Petersburg.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 4,713 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,145 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 813 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 71%). Every year 42% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Virginia State University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $5,327, and fees were $3,399. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $15,442 and $4,130 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students4,713
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate71%

Nursing Programs

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 100%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1933 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT820 to 1010
ACT15 to 19
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$380/credit
In State Students$380/credit
Out of State Students$842/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$529/credit
In State Students$529/credit
Out of State Students$1,009/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $17,100 $17,100 $37,890
ADN 70 $26,600 $26,600 $58,940
BSN 125 $47,500 $47,500 $105,250
FNP 50 $26,450 $26,450 $50,450
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 92% of Virginia State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 67% $4,376
Other Federal Grant 7% $1,825
State Grant & Scholarships 43% $3,636
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 62% $1,269
Federal Student Loans 90% $7,563
Private Loans 2% $10,933


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$13,546
$30,001 to $48,000$14,456
$48,001 to $75,000$17,213
$75,001 to $110,000$18,808
Over $110,000$20,690

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.
Virginia State University
1 Hayden Drive
Petersburg, VA 23806

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