Virginia State University (VSU)

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VSU is a historically black college found in Petersburg, VA. There are around four thousand students enrolled each year at VSU.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores within the range of 830 (25th percentile) - 1010 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and in the range of 15 (25th percentile) - 20 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is typical among applicants accepted to VSU. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Virginia State University (VSU) average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.64 - 2.97. This school has an acceptance rate of about 95 percent with 15 percent of applicants choosing to continue on and enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Virginia State University (VSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Virginia State University was reported as 95.0% in Fall 2020 with over 7,720 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • VSU ACT Scores: 15 - 20
  • VSU Average GPA: 2.64 - 2.97

How Hard Is It to Get into Virginia State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Low

Students applying to Virginia State University have a higher chance of getting accepted due to the low selectivity of the school as determined by the average standardized test scores ACT/SAT and average high school GPA of applicants from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Virginia State University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 94.5%
  • 2017-2018: 91.1%
  • 2018-2019: 91.1%
  • 2019-2020: 95.0%
  • Projected VSU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 86.6%

How Does Virginia State University (VSU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Virginia State University is sixty-eight percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Virginia Union University63.1%
University of Richmond28.3%
Randolph-Macon College70.9%
Christopher Newport University71.9%
Longwood University89.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Virginia State University (VSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading430 - 510
Math400 - 500
Total Score830 - 1010
ACT®Score Range
English14 - 19
Math15 - 18
Composite Score15 - 20
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