Virginia State University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,540
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$18,034
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
15.1%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
95%
7,715 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
4,365
94.2% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
39.2%
486 Graduates

About

Virginia State University is a higher education institution located in Chesterfield County, VA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Virginia State University were Mass Communication & Media Studies (64 degrees awarded), Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (61 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (57 degrees).

In 2019, 824 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Virginia State University. 58% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (597 degrees), 3.9 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (153 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Virginia State University is $5,540, which is $-16,486 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Virginia State University is $5,540, which is $-16,486 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,034.

In 2019, 91% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 78% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,540
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Virginia State University was $5,540. The cost of tuition at Virginia State University is $-16,486 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$18,034
2019 Value
5.85%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Virginia State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,034. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Virginia State University grew by 5.85%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,208
Room and Board
$1,300
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Virginia State University was of $11,208 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of room and board increased by 3.01% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

91%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
78%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

91% of undergraduate students at Virginia State University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2018, when 91% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
15.1%
2017 Default Rate
260
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Virginia State University was 15.1%, which represents 260 out of the 1719 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Virginia State University received 7,715 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 10.1% annual growth. Out of those 7,715 applicants, 7,333 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 95% acceptance rate.

There were 4,365 students enrolled at Virginia State University in 2019, and 82% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Virginia State University has an overall enrollment yield of 14.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

95%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
7,333
Accepted Out of 7,715

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Virginia State University was 95% (7,333 admissions from 7,715 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 91.1%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 10.1%, while admissions grew by 14.9%.

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SAT Scores

82%
Submission Percentage
872
Scores Submitted

82% of enrolled first-time students at Virginia State University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Virginia State University has a total enrollment of 4,365 students. The full-time enrollment at Virginia State University is 4,114 students and the part-time enrollment is 251. This means that 94.2% of students enrolled at Virginia State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Virginia State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 92.2% Black or African American, 2.96% White, 0.389% Asian, 0.275% Hispanic or Latino, 0.16% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at Virginia State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (55.6%), followed by Black or African American Male (38%) and White Female (1.41%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (51.7%), followed by Black or African American Male (28%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (0.948%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

94.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Virginia State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,365 students. The full-time enrollment at Virginia State University is 4,114 and the part-time enrollment is 251. This means that 94.2% of students enrolled at Virginia State University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

65%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Virginia State University was 65%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Virginia State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    4,023
  2. White
    129
  3. Asian
    17

The enrolled student population at Virginia State University is 92.2% Black or African American, 2.96% White, 0.389% Asian, 0.275% Hispanic or Latino, 0.16% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 94 students (2.15%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 132 more women than men received degrees from Virginia State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Virginia State University is black or african american (597 degrees awarded). There were 3.9 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (153 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Virginia State University is Mass Communication & Media Studies (64 degrees awarded), followed by Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (61 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (57 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Virginia State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communications (74 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (45 degrees), and Protective Services (66 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Virginia State University are Physicians (390,006 people), Other managers (282,718 people), Police officers (148,002 people), Postsecondary teachers (141,643 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (132,138 people).

The most specialized majors at Virginia State University are Communications (74 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (45 degrees), Protective Services (66 degrees), Biology (64 degrees), and Agriculture (15 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Virginia State University are Surgeons, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Actuaries, Dentists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Virginia State University are Communications (74 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (45 degrees), Protective Services (66 degrees), Biology (64 degrees), and Agriculture (15 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Virginia State University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (493,558 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (419,149 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (381,158 people), Elementary & secondary schools (356,656 people), and Offices of physicians (212,587 people).

The most specialized majors at Virginia State University are Communications (74 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (45 degrees), Protective Services (66 degrees), Biology (64 degrees), and Agriculture (15 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Virginia State University.
Most Common
  1. 64 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 61 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 57 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Virginia State University was Mass Communication & Media Studies with 64 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

346
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
478
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 346 degrees were awarded to men at Virginia State University, which is 0.724 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (478).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 29 degrees were awarded to men at Virginia State University in Physical Education Teaching & Coaching, which is 1.53 times more than the 19 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 50 degrees were awarded to women at Virginia State University in General Biological Sciences, which is 3.57 times more than the 14 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

20%
100% Completion Time
42%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 20% of students graduating from Virginia State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 42% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 44% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Virginia State University is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 11.3% of graduates (55 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    597 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    153 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    10 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Virginia State University is black or african american (597 degrees awarded). There were 3.9 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (153 degrees).

18.6% of degree recipients (153 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Black or African American Female
    358 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Male
    239 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    7 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Virginia State University is black or african american female (358 degrees awarded). There were 1.5 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american male (239 degrees).

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Operations

Virginia State University has an endowment valued at nearly $57.1M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.01M (3.53%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Virginia State University had a total salary expenditure of $145M. Virginia State University employs 81 Associate professors, 81 Assistant professors, and 57 Professors. Most academics at Virginia State University are Male Associate professors (46), Female Assistant professors(45), and Male Professors (36).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Virginia State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 142 employees, Management, with 100 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 44 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$57.1M
2019 Endowment
4.4%
growth from 2018

Virginia State University has an endowment valued at about $57.1M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Virginia State University grew 4.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $18.7M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $20.3M - Federal
  2. $154k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Virginia State University received $20.3M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $154k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$50.4M
2019 Salaries
1.41%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Virginia State University paid a median of $50.4M in salaries, which represents 34.7% of their overall expenditure ($145M) and a 1.41% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.369% decline from 2017 and a 0.758% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$20.1M
Instructional Salaries
262
Number of Employees

In 2019, Virginia State University paid a total of $20.1M to 262 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
81 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
142 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Virginia State University were Associate professor with 81 employees; Assistant professor with 81 employees; and Assistant professor with 57 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Virginia State University were Office and Administrative Support with 142 employees; Management with 100 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 44 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Virginia State University was Male Associate professor with 46 employees, Female Assistant professor with 45 employees, and Male Professor with 36 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Virginia State University.

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