Virginia State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$5,327

3% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$16,247

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

15.2%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

91.1%

6,307 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

4,713

90.8% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

42.5%

524 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 (100 degrees awarded), Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (94 degrees), and Physical Education Teaching & Coaching (79 degrees).

In 2017, 952 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Virginia State University. 62.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were black or african american (806 degrees), 10.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (77 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Virginia State University is $5,327, which is $-15,406 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Virginia State University is $5,327, which is $-15,406 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,247.

In 2017, 92% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 78% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,327

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Virginia State University was $5,327. The cost of tuition at Virginia State University is $-15,406 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$16,247

2017 Value

6.43%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Virginia State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,247. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Virginia State University grew by 6.43%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,562

Room and Board

$1,300

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Virginia State University was of $10,562 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of room and board increased by 3.02% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

92%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

78%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

92% of undergraduate students at Virginia State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 4.17% with respect to 2016, when 96% 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.

15.2%

2016 Default Rate

284

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Virginia State University was 15.2%, which represents 284 out of the 1868 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 6,307 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 10.2% annual growth. Out of those 6,307 applicants, 5,746 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 91.1% acceptance rate.

There were 4,713 students enrolled at Virginia State University in 2017, and 73% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Virginia State University has an overall enrollment yield of 19.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

91.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

5,746

Accepted Out of 6,307

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Virginia State University was 91.1% (5,746 admissions from 6,307 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 94.5%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 10.2%, while admissions grew by 6.29%.

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SAT Scores

73%

Submission Percentage

835

Scores Submitted

73% of enrolled first-time students at Virginia State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Virginia State University has a total enrollment of 4,713 students. The full-time enrollment at Virginia State University is 4,278 students and the part-time enrollment is 435. This means that 90.8% of students enrolled at Virginia State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Virginia State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 41.4% Black or African American, 1.17% White, 0.891% Hispanic or Latino, 0.361% Asian, 0.297% 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 majority Black or African American Female (21.9%), followed by Black or African American Male (17.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (0.629%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (34.8%), followed by Black or African American Male (21.9%) and White Male (0.662%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

90.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Virginia State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,713 students. The full-time enrollment at Virginia State University is 4,278 and the part-time enrollment is 435. This means that 90.8% of students enrolled at Virginia State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

71%

2017 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 71%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), 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

    1,952

  2. White

    55

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    42

The enrolled student population at Virginia State University is 41.4% Black or African American, 1.17% White, 0.891% Hispanic or Latino, 0.361% Asian, 0.297% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 2,517 students (53.4%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 234 more women than men received degrees from Virginia State University. The majority of degree recipients at Virginia State University are black or african american (806 degrees awarded). There were 10.5 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (77 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Virginia State University is Mass Communication & Media Studies (100 degrees awarded), followed by Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (94 degrees) and Physical Education Teaching & Coaching (79 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 (107 degrees awarded), Agriculture (28 degrees), and Protective Services (95 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 Other managers (202,264 people), Social workers, all other (190,695 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (141,706 people), Police officers (129,908 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (78,079 people).

The most specialized majors at Virginia State University are Communications (107 degrees awarded), Agriculture (28 degrees), Protective Services (95 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (52 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (38 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 Physicians, Dentists, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Marketing managers, and Sales engineers

The most specialized majors at Virginia State University are Communications (107 degrees awarded), Agriculture (28 degrees), Protective Services (95 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (52 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (38 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 Justice, public order, & safety activities (349,764 people), Elementary & secondary schools (302,859 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (194,102 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (145,812 people), and Computer Systems Design (139,247 people).

The most specialized majors at Virginia State University are Communications (107 degrees awarded), Agriculture (28 degrees), Protective Services (95 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (52 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (38 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.

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Virginia State University was Mass Communication & Media Studies with 100 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 359

  2. 593

In 2017, 359 degrees were awarded to men at Virginia State University, which is 0.605 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (593).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 41 degrees were awarded to men at Virginia State University in Mass Communication & Media Studies, which is 0.695 times less than the 59 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 65 degrees were awarded to women at Virginia State University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 2.24 times more than the 29 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

29%

100% Completion Time

49%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 29% of students graduating from Virginia State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 49% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 52% 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.

Black or African American Female

Highest Graduation Rate (45.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Virginia State University is Female and Black or African American (45.7% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 9.73% of graduates (51 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

    806 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    77 degrees awarded

  3. White

    28 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Virginia State University is black or african american (806 degrees awarded). There were 10.5 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (77 degrees).

8.09% of degree recipients (77 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Black or African American Female

    514 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American Male

    292 degrees awarded

  3. White Female

    16 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Virginia State University is black or african american female (514 degrees awarded). There were 1.76 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american male (292 degrees).

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Operations

Virginia State University has an endowment valued at nearly $50.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.82M (7.61%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Virginia State University had a total salary expenditure of $140M. Virginia State University employs 87 Assistant professors, 83 Associate professors, and 65 Professors. Most academics at Virginia State University are Male Associate professors (45), Male Professors(44), and Female Assistant professors (44).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Virginia State University are: Management, with 123 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 110 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 52 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$50.2M

2017 Endowment

9.93%

growth from 2016

Virginia State University has an endowment valued at about $50.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Virginia State University grew 9.93% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $17M 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. $16.5M - Federal

  2. $302k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Virginia State University received $16.5M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $302k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$49.9M

2017 Salaries

0.758%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Virginia State University paid a median of $49.9M in salaries, which represents 35.6% of their overall expenditure ($140M) and a 0.758% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.38% decline from 2015 and a 1.61% decline from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$21.2M

Instructional Salaries

286

Number of Employees

In 2017, Virginia State University paid a total of $21.2M to 286 employees working as instructors, which represents 42.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.02M (34.2%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

87 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

123 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Virginia State University were Assistant professor with 87 employees; Associate professor with 83 employees; and Associate professor with 65 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Virginia State University were Management with 123 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 110 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 52 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Associate professor

  2. Male Professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Virginia State University was Male Associate professor with 45 employees, Male Professor with 44 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 44 employees.

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

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