Virginia Union University

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1500 N. Lombardy Street

Richmond, VA 23220

Phone: (804) 257-5600
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jun. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#53 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Virginia Union University is a private institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,359, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Virginia Union University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 53. Its tuition and fees are $14,930 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

In the 140 years since its founding, Virginia Union University has been teaching, strengthening its academic programs, and growing into a highly respected private, liberal arts institution. The University, founded to provide quality education for African Americans, is the result of the "union" of two institutions: Wayland Seminary and Richmond Theological Institute, established by the American Baptist Home Mission Society; and Hartshorn Memorial College of Richmond and Storer College of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Virginia Union University, nourished by the African American heritage and energized by a commitment to excellence, provides a nurturing, intellectually challenging, and spiritually enriching environment. Virginia Union University develops scholars, leaders, and lifelong learners who attain their maximum potential to become contributing members of a global society.

Seeking to empower students, the University provides dynamic academic and support programs that help students develop strong moral values that assist in building a foundation for success. The University offers a broad range of educational opportunities while advancing its focus on teaching, research, science, and technology, as well as adult continuing education, civic engagement, and international experiences.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1865
Religious affiliation Baptist
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $25,311,345


When applying to Virginia Union University, it's important to note the application deadline is June 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 30. The application fee at Virginia Union University is $25. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 88.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 88.3%
Application deadline June 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 30

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Virginia Union University is 14:1, and the school has 49.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Virginia Union University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Education; and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 53.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 18%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 29%
Social Sciences 22%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 10%
Education 9%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 7%

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Student Life

Virginia Union University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,359, with a gender distribution of 45.3 percent male students and 54.7 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 43 percent of students live off campus. Virginia Union University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,750
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Virginia Union University offers a number of student services including placement service, health service, and health insurance. Virginia Union University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Virginia Union University, 23 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Virginia Union University.

Students who have cars on campus 23%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Virginia Union University, 94 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,374.

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Tuition and fees $14,930 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,916 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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